Culled straight away regardless of seasons and age. I think as well as the blindness the deer will be suffering from things like atrophy as well as possible infections and toxins of stomach. I would not even consider letting it enter the food chain if it was blind but I don't know the offical answer. If it was feeding on Rape and appeared to show no signs then I would.what an educational article!
excuse my ignorance, but i did not realize rape was such a bad diet for deer.
i have a few roe no the land i shoot over, and they always seem to be eating rape!!!
one of the questions on dscl1 "if a roe is feeding on rape and appears blind and no fear of man, it should culled and destroyed. unfit for human consumption."
what is the answer. a very early cull for the youngsters.
why cant they go into the food chain.
thanks for any replies, mark.
"Culled straight away regardless of seasons or age"Culled straight away regardless of seasons and age. I think as well as the blindness the deer will be suffering from things like atrophy as well as possible infections and toxins of stomach. I would not even consider letting it enter the food chain if it was blind but I don't know the offical answer. If it was feeding on Rape and appeared to show no signs then I would.
Nearly all of the Oilseed rape grown in this country is of the 00 variety, or double low, low in glucosinolates and Eurucic acid, the other varieties grown on a much smaller scale are known as HEAR (high Eurucic acid rape - grown solely for industrial purposes rather than human/animal consumption).
The ingestion of significant quantities of rape by larger mammals including roe is believed to occur when the animal is deprived of its more natural food source such as during sustained hard weather or when the animal has not been "educated" such as orphaned kids feeding on rape (although I will happily stand corrected on this). The "poisoning" occurs due to the metabolised sulphides, Sulphoxides and thyocyanates (cyanide) leading to a thyocyanote Psychosis and causes damage to cell membranes, the liver and blood - on gralloching the animals rumen will often be a horrible green colour. As a trained hunter should know this is a very specific condition and is easily recognisable when encountered (last year during the hard weather we had several instances), the animal is clearly in distress and therefore can legally be culled regardless of season.
The question in the bank of Level 1 questions specifically asks what a trained hunter should do if encountering the situation. The correct answer as confirmed by several assessors recently is to cull the animal and dispose of the carcass. This question came up on the last course we ran and again the correct answer was confirmed as cull and dispose. We always suggest to our candidates that if they would not eat the carcass themselves then the correct procedure is not to put it in the food chain (although some obvious ambiguity can occur here as well as some incorrect assumptions such as TB positive carcasses - one of which I shot 2 weeks ago.)
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Ignoring firearms aspects, I'd say that it would be unlikely for any charges to be brought over destruction on humane grounds. I'll try and seek Police permission for domestic animals, sometimes just a phone call to say, "I'm a vet and it needs putting down".Would I be right in thinking that if as a DSC1 trained hunter you assessed an out of season deer needed to be culled for humane reasons as described in the Deer Acts your expertise would be deemed to be superior to that of an unqualified Police Constable, or of a charity worker such as an RSPCA representative?