Hi, Any advice or guidance on the following would be very much appreciated, thanks.
Apologies for the questions some on this forum may have answered a thousand times but my fellow club members have given conflicting advice (everyone's an expert!) and I don't want to keep going back to my stalking guide with dumb questions! That's what this forum is for I guess!
I'm a full member of a Home Office approved target shooting club shooting fullbore at Bisley and rimfire indoors at our club. I'm a previous FAC holder (target shooting only) but let my licence lapse in the late '90s due to my career taking up all my time.
I'm over that now (the career that is!) Life's too short. I've rediscovered my love of shooting, and the outdoors and I'm just about to put in for my FAC (Thames Valley Police).
I've been fortunate to have had some limited stalking experience. I'm not wealthy and I don't currently have access to land cleared for stalking. BUT I have been on accompanied stalks which I have paid to do as a client, and I will be attending more in future, as well as taking my DSC1 and 2.
I am committed to spending as much of my time as possible in the field in future and if I can create the right opportunity for myself, making it a lifestyle, not a pastime.
The deer management group I have stalked with have kindly advised that they will vouch for me as having reason to ask for expanding ammo etc and I'm also aware that moderators can be permitted on health and safety grounds for target shooting alone. I have stalk receipts and my stalking contact also advised that if I get a receipt for a deposit on a future stalk from another deer management group this would be favourable.
As far as my application goes, I am planning on filling in Part B, section 19 as follows :
Type: Rifle + Moderator
Reason: Target Shooting + Deer Stalking
Where: (my target club details) + private land approved for guided/unguided stalking.
I will duplicate the above for:
.243 ('target and Muntjac' - should I just state 'deer stalking' despite the fact this calibre is not suitable for all species?)
.223 ('target shooting')
22LR ('target shooting + vermin shooting')
Should I list all moderators separately? (the problem being there are only 5 slots on application).
Given my situation can anyone advise on my chances of getting a moderator and expanding ammo on my ticket?
Can I state 'target + vermin' for .22LR without prior access to land? Or will I have to leave it at 'target shooting' only?
If I have to omit deer stalking as a valid reason, can I still attend guided stalks with my own rifle and use factory expanding rounds supplied by my guide?
Last question: should I list all calibres of ammo and then add '.308 expanding', and '.223 expanding'?
Thanks in advance for any advice, and sorry again for the same old questions (I've searched for the appropriate answers on here but it's a minefield).
This is a great forum by the way