The Deer Track and Sign Thread (Pic heavy).

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Bushwhacker

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These pics are all Roe Deer. It would be great if people could add others.
There are Sika and Fallow Deer further down the road around Powerstock and Hooke, but they never seem to make it as far as my place.

Print in the sand.
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Fresh Droppings.
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More fresh droppings but in a different form.
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A Deer scrape - they like to sleep on bare ground so will rake up the leaf litter.
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Another scrape.
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Closer inspection of the scrapes reveal some moulted hair. Deer hair is hollow and brittle.
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A Deer has rubbed itself up against here.
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Some more slots. This is in soft mud at the base of a bank. You can see how the toes have splayed out as the deer has applied pressure to jump up the bank.
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A rather unfortunate Deer that succumbed to traffic in the end. This one had been limping around on 3 legs for quite some time, the front left is also broken as a result of being hit.
The dishevelled appearance is due to moulting the winter coat.
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geordienemisis

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Did you take the road kill home too eat or is this type of dear ot nice to eat? Forgive my ignorance am not up to scratch on which you can and can't eat. Also that you can take the prize home if found and not killed by you.
 

Bushwhacker

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Did you take the road kill home too eat

The photo was taken on my driveway.

is this type of dear ot nice to eat?

They're all good to eat.

Also that you can take the prize home if found and not killed by you.

The legalities - hunting seasons or whether you can pick them up or not can be found elsewhere on the forum as I don't want this particular thread getting into all that.
 
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Roe Deer travelling at speed, approximately covering 11 meters in 3 strides.
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Roe deer slot's showing cleaves, dew claws and some splay.
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.Slow walk with good registration.

Scrape.
 
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Bushwhacker

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Roe doe and one of last years youngsters - The squirrel in the background gave her a bit of a startle.

Note that the tracking sign here would include browsing on the leaves and the slippage on the log.

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bushwacker bob

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Many of these deer seem to drop a lighter near their footprints, I think if you search for lighters in the woods they will be easier to see than the deer prints and you know there will be deer prints near it.
 

Dougster

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The banks of the Deveron.
The droppings all clumped together are, I was taught, male droppings, the individual pellets female. Something to do with all the extra bits the male has in that area.

That fraying is bad.
 

Bushwhacker

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The droppings all clumped together are, I was taught, male droppings, the individual pellets female. Something to do with all the extra bits the male has in that area.

That fraying is bad.

I think it's more to do with diet and time of year. Softer foods such as fresh shoots in spring produce softer clumpier 'lumps' of pellets rather than hard individual ones.
 

Turnstone

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A few roe deer tracks I have found last weekend:

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And some other roe deer signs:
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Feeding on one of our apple trees...
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Hair:
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Droppings:
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