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DEER MANAGEMENT
THE INTEGRAL PART OF OUR BUSINESS - CULLING DEER

WHY DO WE MANAGE DEER?

Throughout the U.K. we have 6 species of deer. Roe, Fallow and Red deer make up our native species, whilst Muntjac, Sika and Chinese Water Deer are non-native.

In the absence of natural predation, each of these species' population are not only increasing, but rapidly expanding in range. 

Whilst you may not often see wild deer, due to feeding their feeding activity (dawn and dusk), they can have a severe impact on our native flora and fauna, as well as our ancient woodlands.

Management means culling to a plan which best replicates a similar impact to that of natural predation, whilst ensuring healthy, sustainable populations.

AN INTRODUCTION TO DEER MANAGEMENT

After numerous requests and genuine interest from a lot of our viewers, we've decided to host what we believe maybe the first of its kind, an open and honest Deer Management film series, with Cervus-UK.

 

Throughout the series of episodes, we will be breaking down every little part of what comprises Deer Management based on our own tried & tested knowledge and experiences from the field, for the species we deal with within our own areas - including Muntjac, Roe and Fallow deer.

 

This series is predicated from all the FAQs we get from our viewers. Each episode will focus on the micro aspects of Deer Management giving you our inside tips and tricks; from setting up a mineral licks to assessing new ground, from understanding the basics of feeding to setting up trail cameras and everything in between!

UNDERSTANDING HOW & WHY WE FEED DEER

Understanding why we feed wild deer is important.

 

Ultimately, we feed our deer into areas where we are able to assess what wild stock we have. Through careful assessment, we are able to implement discreet control away from the public areas within our hunting area permissions.

 

In this particular episode, Owen discusses what types of deer feeders we use throughout our areas, what feed we use and why we believe using multiple types of feeders gives greater reward when managing wild deer.

HOW WE WORK

  • Through our training services we are able to select our best and most experienced deer stalkers for assistance nationally for whatever deer management strategy we need to adopt.

 

  • Dependant on our aims, we work as a small group, initially visiting the estate, farm or forest. We would then generate a deer management plan (DMP) based on the Deer Initiatives' template, bespoke to the specific requirements.

 

  • We would assess risks, and then erect highseats from which to implement control.

 

  • Visiting the area on a regular basis, as a team, we would selectively cull all necessary beasts, in-line with our DMP.

 

  • On a bi-monthly basis we would produce a cull report for Farmer, Landowner or Forester.

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Deer Management

In order to protect female deer and their young and male deer while their antlers are growing, the UK operates a close season system that specifies when the culling of different species may not take place. However, there may be circumstances where culling has to take place during the close season, such as the need to deal with injured or sick deer.

UK DEER CLOSE SEASONS

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Feeding ground for deer management

Owen discusses how to improve your Fallow deer cull during the winter months through tried & tested methods, that work best for him.

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