Like I said I will be using ballistic tip with back stop but I have spoken with natural England/defra as I still wanted to know the answer to. The question and the answer is anyone that has permission in writing can shoot deer in season with a 12 gauge with a min of aaa shot if it I'd believed they are going too or have caused damage be it a field or a garden they consider a coppies of trees to be any thing more then one and damage can be anything such as a hedge plants, baiting is illegal if this is done for sport but used in a management plan is not and is seen as no different to a deer lawn in a wood or forest so now we all know the law o one other thing you still need to have deer on your certificate before you. Shoot one with. What ever gun you choice
Shows how much the person you spoke yo at DEFRA/Natural England knows then. You can only use AAA not as they told you AAA as a minimum.
I would also like your DEFRA spokesman to show exactly where in the Deer Act the use of bait's is prohibited when shooting deer for sport.
The Deer Act specifically states:-
(a)he had reasonable grounds for believing that deer of the same species were causing, or had caused, damage to crops, vegetables, fruit, growing timber or any other form of property on the land;
(b)it was likely that further damage would be so caused and any such damage was likely to be serious; and
©his action was necessary for the purpose of preventing any such damage
The OP, as long as he has authorisation in writing can use a 12 bore with AAA shot to cull marauding deer in the circumstances he describes with impunity. I do so regularly.
Edited by CharlieT, 14 May 2012 - 04:30 pm.