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Deer shot on Tilgate estate
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Deer shot on Tilgate estate

My great-uncles, twin brothers, Thomas Alfred “Froggy” Gates and Charles “Chadder” Gates, worked as gamekeepers on the Tilgate estate. This picture was probably taken on the estate but they would also have been invited to shoot on neighbouring estates such as Colgate.
It is usual for parts of the deer to be left in the woods, both for ease of carrying and partly to bleed and cool the carcass. In this case it seems that only the head has been removed, but the guts will be removed as soon as possible to avoid contamination.
Picture added on 21 July 2014 at 12:10
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Were the deer domesticated, or managed proactively?
I recall that back in the 1960s the truly wild roe deer had allegedly only got as far east as the Brighton railway, and were only then getting into Worth Forest over Balcombe Tunnel. It would be interesting to know that they were around Tilgate much earlier than that.
Incidentally, I've recently seen herds of deer in double figures in Worth Forest, after "taking a wrong turn and getting lost in the woods".
Added by Basil Watkins on 31 July 2015
Interesting, but the deer in this photo is a fallow.
Added by Francis Dixon on 13 March 2017
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