Management

As there are no higher-order predators of Muntjac in the UK intervention is necessary to effectively manage their numbers.

Shooting of Muntjac with centre fire rifles by trained stalkers seems to be the most viable and humane method of control available at present. Although some people may find this distasteful, population control is recognised as a necessity for the long term survival of both the deer and its environment.

three men holding rifles in woodland clearing
Management Team

There is no close season for Muntjac. It is considered best practice to shoot heavily pregnant does and not thin ones which are quite likely to have a dependant fawn.

Shooting Muntjac bucks has far less effect on the over-all picture other than removing the feeding/damage potential of that particular animal. It is also suggested by some experts that removal of an area’s dominant buck may let in several lesser animals who, in vieing for that territory, could probably increase local damage.

11 thoughts on “Management

  1. Is there a firm I can employ to move these muntjacs to a different site that we own
    another site nearby more suitable for to build their habitats so they can not keep ruining the local gardens and allotments. The local residence are threatening to shot them all.

  2. Hi

    I wonder if it would help to (re)introduce lynx to control the population.
    As for now there are no real predators (which there are in the natural hapitat of the muntjac deer).
    For as much as I know, they have the right size to be ideal prey.

  3. Muntjac come into my garden regularly and are eating the tops off almost everything in the vegetable plot. I put down Roar but that made no difference. Is there any way I can discourage them? It is impossible to make my garden deer proof and I live beside a cricket field and woods so they live local.

  4. Hi I was wondering if you know of any farm or similar that breeds muntjac as I have 8 acres of land covered in bracken brambles and trees that i would like to keep muntjac in. It has a 6 foot high fence around the entire area as it was previously a pheasant pen so they could not escape. If you know of anywhere please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Gav

  5. Whilst I hate the idea of any animal being hurt, please consider the other elements of deer killed road accidents and dog owners, please be aware! Last week my family and I (husband, Mum and Dad in their 80’s and two children aged 5 and 4) were travelling through Wolverley, Kidderminster when a Muntjac deer ran out almost level with us. A collision could not be avoided and the deer died instantly. We were all very upset. The accident ripped the oil cooler off our car (only bought the day before, on it’s maiden voyage!) and the bumper was smashed. The car was undriveable and oil was left on a busy road that has a lot of motorbike traffic. The AA charged us to be recovered as it wasn’t a breakdown and we spent the hours waiting for their truck scraping at molehills with bare hands to cover the oil and flag down motorbikers to keep them safe. It’s amounted to about £500 worth of damage and over a week without a car. I presume the deer was startled by a dog being walked in the forest – a couple were seen soon after calming down an excited dog and I can see no other reason why an animal that lives there and must be ware of its environment would come running at full speed into danger. At least no-one else was hurt (luckily the cars behind us also managed to stop in time) and thank goodness it didn’t run out in front of a motorbike – they would definitely have been thrown off and probably killed.

    1. Deer do step in front of vehicles but the chasing by dogs seems likely to be the cause in your case ? I’m afraid there will always be people that see no harm in letting their dogs run free and chase anything , heaven help anyone that dares to challenge this “right”.To protect road users, deer fencing like that alongside many French roads would be ideal but unlikely to happen . Heavy culling of roadside woodlands would reduce potential accidents like yours but not provide a complete answer as the animals soon re colonise . The deer/motorbike scenario is awful would an approach to the Local Authority ref fencing be an idea ?

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