By Joe Dimbleby
Friday, 07 October 2011
UK's largest doe antlers
The CIC has recorded the UK’s largest antlered doe. It was shot on the last day of the 2009 roe doe season by Donald James McPhee, the headstalker on Dunlossit estate, on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Islay. Though better known for its red deer, Dunlossit has produced a number of notable roe trophies and is home to a group of unusual piebald roe. Donald James observed the antlered doe for the first time the day before it was shot and identified it by its anal tush as a female roe. He said: “I was concerned that I would not be able to find the animal on the last day of the season so I went back to find it the following day. I found it in an area of scrub woodland as the light fell and managed to stalk it successfully. I knew it must be a rarity and after checking various records found nothing to match the antlers’ development. At that point I took the whole carcase to Drew Bain, the CIC UK trophy commission technical advisor, who has one of the most important trophy collections in the country.
The rest of this article appears in the 5th October issue of Shooting Times.
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