i have a question relating to shooting a stag after dark if it is worrying sheep. I ran the question by claret-dabler as we are from the same sort of area and fall under the same firearms control etc but i am interested to know if anyone has ever been called to cull a stag that has been worrying livestock.
I got a call last night from a friend and it was around 1800 and if i was able to attend it would have been necessary to use artificial light to take the shot. The stag had been in among sheep and was worrying them which at this time of year can lead to a substantial financial loss to the farmer. i know in northern ireland there is no likelihood of getting a night shooting license for deer but where would you stand legally if the stag had to be culled last night. There is an exemption for shooting out of season if an animal is likely to cause risk to people but would this cover livestock.
It will be possible to visit the area during daylight and hopefully we can take care of the stag under normal conditions but i would still be interested in replies.