The deer hunter

On a cold, bright morning in the Wicklow Mountains, one man stalks the land, gun in hand, searching for his prey. His name is Barry Coad, deer and game manager with Coillte, and his job is to manage the deer population

19th February, 2011
The deer hunter
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There’s a coating of frost on the vintage buses outside Johnnie Fox’s pub as we start our day. It’s not long after 7am and minus 2 degrees, according to my dashboard display, but it’s relatively late and relatively warm by Barry Coad’s standards.

He’s been up since well before six, he tells me cheerfully as I climb into his well-worn Toyota jeep.

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