Deer management

Deer management is essential to control damage to woodlands, agricultural crops and natural heritage features.

Much of this is carried out by part time or recreational stalkers, whose movements are currently curtailed.

This practice is normally carried out alone and therefore there is little or no chance of face to face transmission of COVID.

Deer control should resume on the proviso that.
1. It is carried out alone where at all possible.
2. Physical distancing, including separate travelling arrangements are in place if assistance is required to recover a carcass.
3. The leaves details of where they are going and when they expect to return with a "buddy"
4. A mobile phone is carried at all times.
5. A phone app such as "Gylmpse" is used in order that the "buddy" is aware of the stalkers location at all times.

Why the contribution is important

Deer control is a essential to protect young woodlands, agricultural crops and the natural heritage

by Slider21212 on May 08, 2020 at 10:33AM

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  • Posted by claycoach May 08, 2020 at 10:39

    From a purely animal welfare perspective, this must be a valid proposal. Deer management does not stop and the suggestions, apart from the fact that most managers will need to travel - sometimes quite short distances - are sensible and within guidelines.
  • Posted by RosDoc May 08, 2020 at 11:08

    Exactly how does a single person remove the dead animal?
  • Posted by ap26 May 08, 2020 at 12:07

    The individuals who manage deer populations are professionals and like most professional groups adhere to the Code of Best Practice which ensures the welfare of deer and the health and safety of the individual working in these areas. Deer have no natural predators and need to managed by professionals to reduce browsing impact and damage to our natural heritage.
  • Posted by robmar May 08, 2020 at 12:52

    An important job that should be continued. This will in no way burdened the NHS or spread the virus if done correctly
  • Posted by Slider21212 May 08, 2020 at 13:24

    @Rosdoc. Not difficult with small species such as Roe who have a carcass weight under 20kg and quite possible with larger species with the right equipment
  • Posted by Silverbuck74 May 08, 2020 at 13:24

    I think this is sensible and should resume, but with a limit to the distance participants travel.
  • Posted by JSher May 09, 2020 at 10:02

    An important role that should recommence, social distancing can be maintained and undertaking this essential activity will add no burden to NHS or emergency services.
    Following the code of practice and guidance as laid out above will all ensure it can be carried out in a safe manner with no conflict to the guidance ref Covid-19
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