At the beginning of the last Fallow season i started up the Deer Action Group South. There were 2 reasons for doing this.
First, I had started to get back problems and found it difficult to drag the mainly fallow on my permissions. Also many had helped me when I started stalking so I wanted to put something back. The Deer Action Group South was formed to offer opportunities for new and novice stalkers plus other stalkers willing to offer experience and stalking to trainees.
To date it's been an interesting experience. We've had, as you can imagine, had many apply to join.
We've had " inexperienced stalkers with no stalking" turn up and then boast of all their experiences and access to stalking! We've had a stalker store carcasses which lost weight when it came to payment time!
But on the positive side we now have a great team of experienced stalkers who have given their time, experience and stalking to the group.
We have novice and less experienced stalkers who help us old farts with new technology, publicity and field sport training .
We have a fantastic group of trainees of all ages from 18-40 who inspire us with their enthusiasm and give us the privilege of seeing them get their first kill.
Our brief is to get trainees past DSC1 and possibly 2 and offer all in the group non commercial access to field sports, fishing and stalking.
To date we've helped with fire arms training, FAC acquisitions and Fallow and Rabbit culling experiences. We about to set up a Chiller to help with butchery training
Our rewards are the craic and the spirit of fellowship like The 3 Musketeers. A network in which we share our skills both in and outside of stalking
As we get more stalking, ours is mainly Fallow, we would like to offer more opportunities in our group to more experienced stalkers who feel that they would like to contribute and share what we and they have and reduce our waiting list for trainees.
Feel free to PM me if you want any more information