Hello everybody. I joined last year and have unfortunately contributed very little as moved to a new job in a new place which has kept me busy up until now.
I am new to stalking, having completed a BASC Firearms Awareness Course and BASC Pre-DSC1 as well as having gained a full DSC1. I have been trying to get further into actual stalking but I am hitting a brick wall.
Being new to the area (the area in question being Surrey), I have few contacts. The contacts I had or those that I could approach all want a FAC before considering permission but as you all know I need the permission in order to gain the FAC, so I've been going round in circle for the last 12 months. My firearms officer is rather cool on the idea anyway (I am a Shotgun Certificate holder) and Surrey Police seem pretty demanding when granting FACs. I have been out lamping and have shot .22LR, .243 and .223 accompanied, although not at deer, just vermin and foxes. I am now trying to get a piece of land on which I could apply for a .22 and see if I can then use that to find some land, hoping that will be enough for any landowners and they will be happy to support a variation on my certificate.
I'm sure there are many in my position now and that those that now have land and opportunities once were also in my position. However, if anybody has any advice or can offer any help, that would be great. It seems very difficult at the moment and I often wonder if I should just give up all the aggro and just pay for the odd stalk here and there.
Thanks a lot,