What is dis appointing the whole country is supposed to be over run with deer and 50 thousand a year needed to be culled just to put a dent in to numbers, as recently covered on country file and constantly on the news and in the papers, so why is it so difficult to get access to shoot them ? for ordinary working class guys? why is it a rich mans sport? money talks simple as that .dsc 1, and all that, money making again, you dont need rabbit stalking exams ? pigeon shooting exams ?
people making money thats what it is not all land out their has to be paid for on a lease door knocking for rabbits and pigeons same land as deer on it ,then so called guides make brass
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To some ,it is a living, after all its hard work & throughout the winter getting to these areas, not to mention the loading ,mixing & unloading of 25kg sacks,by the dozen ,as you know & costs escalate ,fuel, feed ,equipt as on any deer or any well kept game, on any seasonal hunting, whether duck, pheasant , goose etc. You work , you get paid. ( dont you ?) If there are so many deer , as you say & like rabbits & pigeon in the countryside, then they would be classed as pest/vermin, They are NOT ! Then farmer tennant/ lease holder/ land squire would agree & allow you to cull as you say like rabbit & pigeon shooting , but fact is fact, they are NOT ! Even some Scotish estates buy trophy deer in , costing ££££'s.
Would all agree , we all look for the best price & the best option ? if so, next time you wish a stalk ,& if you love the challenge . look at all the options & consider, accomodation, fuel etc to where you stalk & enjoy. All are priced diffrent ,do as you think best ,as all we pay what we are happy to. Some are £80+ £20 shot , others £50 + £50 others £120 , you descide & go with your instinct .
I for one would prefer a fee + shot , some may wish to pay the £100+ flat rate, the choice is yours . (but dont moan after, when there nothing to be seen on unknown grounds ) Lets not forget also, some do need a guide & experienced hands on , with all practises. whether clays, ranges ,syndicate or club, tution costs & if you think it does not have benefits, to get a few lessons or educated in what ever, dont do it Many may not need rabbit or pigeon shooting exams, but this shows the level of understanding when it comes to a different sport , saftey, costs , recognition , calibres & use of, theres doing things on a budget & there again theres doing it right for the long term. pigeon bashing & deer stalking are 2 completely different skills with no comparison to each other
If there really are that many deer as you claim, we too would need a helping hand, the animals wouldnt need the feed , as they would be thriving without us & we would be begging the more experienced hunters to help us out for FREE !