I had my FEO visit on Monday 7th March for my FAC grant and was told today (Monday 14th March) on the phone that they were about to send out my open ticket! To say I was pleased is an understatement!!
I have applied for a .17hmr, .243 & .30-06 (all with the option of mods).
I think the reasons it all went so well is because I've heard and read lots of horror stories and warnings, so I gathered as much paperwork & stuff together as I could, things like 'permission to shoot letters', risk assessments, clearly marked maps & BASC membership. I have also completed DSC1, which I know they like to see.
The Firearms department was that of Dorset and Anya Sparks (FEO) was incredibly helpful and friendly.
Whether it was down to good luck on the day, good old fashioned manners, or my preparation, I don't know but I would really like to thank Mike from Jelen Deer Services who helped me throughout the entire process. Cheers Mike.
I hope my success story continues for others.