Is that a good specimen, or not? It looks healthy enough, and it was. My fellow trusted stalker, Matt Venner, selected the cull. In his own words, here is why: “I knew it was a wrong’un from the moment it stepped into the field margin. Sure, it had great body condition, but the antler deformation signalled genetic fault or injury, and that forced my decision”. He went on, “the strong male population in this locality meant that this particular beast was definitely surplus to natural requirement, and his continued presence would only serve to dilute the overall wellbeing of the herd”.