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buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
Posts: 3563
Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 15 1:18 am    Post subject: From my bedroom window  Reply with quote    

Happened to glance out this afternoon and saw this handsome chap (and I had the camera reasonably to hand!).




Notice his big canine tooth!

Henry

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 15 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Nice pic!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 11121

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 15 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is that a muntjac? If so I am afraid the only good thing about it would be bambi burgers. They are very destructive, so don't encourage them.

Treacodactyl
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 25697
Location: Jumping on the bandwagon of opportunism
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 15 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's a male Muntjac, looks fairly young from the photo but hard to say. Very tasty.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 11121

PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 15 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Agree with that. Havn't actually seen any thank goodness.

buzzy



Joined: 04 Jan 2011
Posts: 3563
Location: In a small wood on the edge of the Huntingdonshire Wolds
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 15 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh, I don't have to encourage them - they are here to stay. I know they are destructive, in woodlands especially, but in my garden they don't do a lot of harm, and I'm happy to live and let live.

Henry

Bodrighy



Joined: 15 Aug 2008
Posts: 2157
Location: Near Devizes
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 15 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Had one run across the road in front of us yesterday on the way down to Dorset. Getting more common now.

Pete

Cathryn



Joined: 16 Jul 2005
Posts: 19830
Location: Ceredigion
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 15 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There are no deer here. I wonder why.

Jamanda
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Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 34920
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 15 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wonder if they need more woodland? Your landscape is more geared towards sheep. We have roe on the Commons, but I've never seen muntjac here.

Falstaff



Joined: 27 May 2009
Posts: 1014

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 15 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have a fair amount of woodland screening to roads etc around here and Muntjac are quite common.

I see them as roadkill 3-4 times a year.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 35900
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 15 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

they are good eating and well worth picking up ,dont worry about bleeding out or it being a bit mangled , if roadkill is sorted/cooked/processed fairly soon after dispatch by volvo (other vehicles are available)"fussiness"is over rated.

imho these ones are nicer than red or roe in flavour ,maybe not quite as delicate as fallow

a bit small for a feastbeast but they make good jerky or stew or small pot roasts

ps the skins are a decent hand luggage size

Falstaff



Joined: 27 May 2009
Posts: 1014

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 15 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks dpack, don't get me wrong - I'll pick 'em up if I can stop the car !

The little sods just seem to commit Hari kari on the flat out "You've got to be joking" stretches !

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 11121

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 15 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Deer are spreading into Wales. When son went there with college, best part of 15 years ago, the foresters were asking the students about deer as they had no experience of them, and the students did.

We are fortunate that we have mainly roe, and in acceptable numbers. We have to fence coppice, and they chew the tops of seedling trees, but generally some of the seedlings get away, so although there is a slight angle at the bottom, we have trees of a wide range of ages.

Fallow are the worst of the ones I know about. They will devastate an area in a night as they go in herds, not ones and twos in the woods.

We may have a few muntjac, but so far we haven't seen too much damage by them.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 2134
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 15 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have deer also, white tail deer.

Picture from February 2015-


vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
Posts: 21298
Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 15 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They're small enough to onto a large family BBQ.

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