I am slowly getting into the habit of taking the video camera with me on jobs.
Earlier on this week, I was working on a farm doing some Wildlife Management (rabbit control and fox control) when I saw this Reeves Muntjac buck right back in the woods eating bluebell – a favourite food for them.
Muntjac deer are particularly difficult to see when walking or stalking them, but this is the best time of year to see them in the open as the cover is still not high. Without doubt, Muntjac deer are the most difficult deer to stalk in the UK and that makes them hard to control. Normally we use high seats, a specially constructed seat which rests against a tree where you sit 10 feet of the ground so you can see further, get above their acute sense of smell and have a safe place to shoot, to shoot Muntjac deer and just have to wait it out for them.
As you can see from the video, even though I was at least 200 metres away and it was totally silent, he still knew I was there – note the air sniffing part way through the video.
They have a nose shaped a bit like a dog and its wet as well to enable them to pick up any scent of danger. The other thing they do is “bark” a warning to other Muntjac deer in the area. When I have taken people out with me to see deer, they all comment of the “dog barking” and are quite amazed when I tell them its a Muntjac warning call.
I have really wound up one of my good friends in South Africa, telling him stories of the “vicious deer” we have in England with the fangs – Muntjac have large canine looking fangs – saying they might have lions but we have killer deer!
So if you think you have a deer problem and the Muntjac deer or Roe deer are eating all your plants, contact us for a free survey and advice on deer culling or deer prevention techniques that Rapid Pest Control deploy.