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Roebuck hunting

Roebuck hunting is iconic amongst most European hunters. And given the fact that there are strong populations all over Europe, and various hunting types available such as driven hunts, stalking, high seat, and rut hunting, you can easily understand why most Europeans value this animal! Therefore, the premiere days of the buck hunt are often…

Roebuck hunting is iconic amongst most European hunters. And given the fact that there are strong populations all over Europe, and various hunting types available such as driven hunts, stalking, high seat, and rut hunting, you can easily understand why most Europeans value this animal! Therefore, the premiere days of the buck hunt are often just as sacred as Christmas Eve, in many hunting families. As a result of this geographical spread, you are able to hunt roe deer in a lot of different biotopes, which include everything from mountain hunting in Sweden to stalking in the south of France.

As previously mentioned, the roe deer population is stable all over Europe

One of the reasons is that roe deer, unlike many other European deer, cope very well with both agriculture and forestry. Apart from these open areas giving the hunter very good chances, they also produce plenty of food for the roebuck, which prefers to eat young plants, whether in a newly established cornfield or a young forest. These food sources are especially important during the fall, when the bucks gather enough energy to grow strong antlers for the upcoming season.

Just like the roebuck itself, the antlers could be studied for a lifetime! As a part of the skeleton, nutrition and general food state are the most important factors for the antlers’ size, and therefore their hunting value. Apart from these factors there are a series of more undefined sources of influence such as genetics, habitat and even social status. This means that a determined roebuck hunter might need to hunt several different countries before finding the perfect trophy. Only the buck carries a trophy, but both the does and fawns are often popular on cull hunts, as they are extremely tasty!

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  • Though there are many different trophy looks, a strong symmetrical 6 pointer is considered the ideal trophy.
  • Roe deer can be hunted from tree stands on driven hunts or by stalking.
  • Being the smallest natural deer in Europe, you can use all common calibers!

The roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) is the smallest natural deer in Europe, with a shoulder height of around 2,5 ft. The weight can vary a lot from region to region but is typically somewhere between 45 and 55lb. while big individuals have been measured at almost 80lb.! One thing they all have in common is the red/brown summer pelt, which during the winter gets a lot darker, and ends up being almost gray.

The roe buck is almost as iconic in European living rooms as in the forest. The antlers can be found in numerous houses across Europe and are quite indescribable. Under normal circumstances roe buck antlers only reach 6 tips altogether, but occasionally certain individuals grow abnormal antlers which are cherished as a unique trophy. Due to the high amount of roe bucks shot each year many hunters choose to conserve the trophy at home, and mount them as a traditional European skull mount, while abnormal bucks or medal bucks often end up as a shoulder mount. To secure a medal your buck will need to obtain the following points:

Bronze: 36, Silver: 45 1/8 Gold: 50 5/8. SCI

Roe deer aren’t actual herd animals, but during the winter you will typically witness them forming small groups, in the search for nutrition. Once spring arrives and there is plenty of food, these groups will split up, with the older deer returning to their respective areas and the does looking for a suitable place to give birth. Once the rut begins their activity will increase as the bucks start fighting; this is an excellent time of year to pick out a trophy buck!