Basically i ride 'downhill' mountain bikes, we have a little know about track deep in some woods, on as far as we know FC land - the woods has FC signage on entrance.
walking up the fire road to our spot, its about a 1.5 mile walk from the car park deep into the woods. 3 4x4's pass us. we get to the mtb track we've built and we can see the 4x4s on the bottom fire road, they begin shooting, we ignore it and carrying on riding - they must have seen us. about 3 hours later one of them comes up to us telling us we shouldn't be there as its private shooting ground and that we must leave immediately.
we obliged, not wanting to get shot.
i have heard shooting in the area before, but on the private land on the other side of the river, pretty sure they where using shot guns to get pheasants at that time.
also one of them had keys to the padlock to access the fireroad.
however, i'm not sure they were ligit.
i have often seen horse riders in the vicinity, i know they would need a permit to ride on the land, they would know any shooting boundaries?
there is no boundary, fence, markers, lines nothing
there is also zero signage (another riding spot we go to has a shooting ground next to it - maristow estate in the plym valley, they have loads of signage in there)
i'm pretty sure they were deer stalking, they had rifels with sights (not shotguns)
does anyone have a clue about permits/licenses required? or can share any insight?
i imagen we scared off any game anyway, being brightly dressed and on big, bright, loud mountain bikes.