I know that many on here are members of syndicates whereby somebody has taken on a lease or in some cases several leases and then farmed out membership to rifles. In some of these syndicates, the members stay no where near the lease, the members may or may not know each other and there probably is no management plan. My question is – Is this good for deer welfare, management and the economic value of stalking?
I am not a fan of these types of syndicates basically because invariably there is no management plan. I have heard it all too often – “if I see it I shoot it cause if I don’t somebody else will.” Does this thinking reduce or have no consideration for the health, welfare and future of the resident deer?
Should lease holders also be held responsible for deer management on the lease and to secure its future value as a stalking interest? Should their ability to do so be more important than what they can offer financially for the lease? Should a comprehensive management plan for the lease be part of a submission for the lease?
Most leases are for one year with the possibility of further years. Should leases be for a minimum of say 5 years so that it would be in the interest of the lease holder to maintain the lease value.
Not having a go at anybody who operates syndicates or are members, just wondering what opinion is?