While out walking my dog round my fields I saw a muntjac buck. This is a first and I didn’t know they were in the area! Is it likely to be a random one-off or could there be more around and about?

Muntjac are widely known to be spreading across the country. Unlike the other deer species in the country, they are prolific breeders and can have multiple young every year. Not only does this lead to a natural expansion in search of food and habitat, but the deer are largely territorial Read more…

I have recently bought a new stalking rifle and am wondering if it is worth the extra money to get a moderator for it? Do I really need one?

This all comes down to your personal situations and preferences. I would always recommend fitting a moderator, if only for the benefit to your hearing. Prolonged shooting without a moderator fitted will cause irreparable damage to your inner-ears. Moderators can also reduce the felt recoil and muzzle lift of a Read more…

I have just taken on a new piece of ground and after a pretty quiet winter there are lots of roe bucks turning up in areas. Where have they come from, why are they grouping together and should I be looking to shoot them?

It is likely that the bucks you are seeing are young bucks that have been pushed out of the territories of the older, more dominant bucks in the area. The young bucks tend to “wander” about looking for straggling females and end up congregating in one area. I have heard Read more…

I do the deer control for a farmer here in Norfolk and he has now asked me to shoot some fallow on his land as they are damaging his crops. I know that they are not in season just now so can I do this?

Under section 7 of the Deer Act 1991, the so-called “Farmers’ Defence” can be used to control deer out of season in England and Wales.  This enables out of season culling to protect crops on cultivated land and enclosed woodland, but only for the species which have caused or are Read more…