I first went to stalk the red deer in Suicides Graves wood in the middle of September. Suicides Graves wood is the best wood to stalk deer because it has a few open clearings where the deer like to come. The very first red deer I saw were here when I was seven. Mum, Dad and I came at dusk and hid in the woods at the right of the picture. After about twenty minutes of waiting, the red deer hinds came out. Since then I've learned that you can see red deer here during the day as well.
This is me at the east end of the clearing. I crept out lying flat and straight away I saw.....
On this one you can see it has a dorsal stripe, which is a black stripe from the top of the head down the spine. In this wood there are quite a few hinds like this. I'm not sure what it means but it might mean they are a sika-red deer cross. The skulls are the exact same size for red deer though (sika are smaller than red deer).
When she bolted the rest of the group followed. You can see how big and strong that spiker stag was compared to another spiker beside him.
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