About 5 years ago me and my mate where stopped during the daytime by a very young police man when out shooting. We heard a shout from the edge of the field and he had instructed us to put our guns down and come over. We didn't hear that bit as he was too far away and we diddnt realise it was a police man either. we unloaded and walked over to see what he wanted and when we got close we saw it was a police man - he said I asked you to put your gun down. My mate replied..... i dont think its a good idea to leave a shotgun on the ground in the middle of a field (quite far away) and come over? I think that would be illegal leaving it unnatended - it could be stolen and if not then we would not be able to find them again.
He was been quite arrogant and loudly asking why we would you want to kill rabbits. We gave landowners details and he rung the farmer in front of us and all was sorted.
He was OK after that and left a bit red faced when my mate suggested he look into shooting and shooting related law.