I have been fortunate enough to have permission to stalk on 2 areas of land in this area for the past 5 or 6 years. At all times I have respected the landowners wishes, and have paid the going rate for the privilige. I've never bothered with formal agreements, as the land is owned by acquaintances.
The growth in demand for stalking is so great, that I am no longer the sole stalker on any of my ground as "there are more than enough deer to go round". Unfortunately, there aren't and its a rarity to see them now.
I've also been trying to get permission from a friend to stalk a large block of woodland with a good population of deer. He enjoys seeing them, but accepts that responsible management would be beneficial. Over the past week he has found two roe (one buck, one doe) that have been left by poachers. He feels that his deer are under so much pressure that they should be left in peace as much as possible....so, no stalking for me, then.
So, I'm now faced with the choice of packing in a sport I love, or paying for accompanied stalking that I can't afford on a regular basis.
I'm not looking for sympathy, as I've been lucky up til now, but this situation has wound me up. It might be better for my sanity to find something else to do in my spare time...but I'll more than likely hang in there in the hope that something comes up.