A stalker I know was complaining about the lack of ground availble for stalking even though there is more and more ground being planted with trees and the asking prices for ground.
His point of view is that even though there are more people stalking deer,deer numbers are increasing every year which means there are "too many people taking a gun for a walk and shooting for the freezer" His words not mine
He was asked to submit a tender to control red deer on a piece of ground here in Scotland but didnt get it.
He found out from the land manager that despite the advice to the owners that there was no prospect of the syndicate being on the ground often enough to do the job, the ground was leased to a syndicate from the south of England.
After a year the damage was, surprise, surprise, at unacceptable levels so the land manager is now trying to persuade the owners that money is not everything.
My argument with him is that it is up to the individual stalker how many deer he or she shoots a year.
If the owner/ land manager is not satisfied with cull figures he can always terminate the lease.
I understand that this stalker culls more than 125 deer a year so when he would get the time to shoot more is beyond me.
So I'm curious to find out what type of ground do you have and your annual cull figures?