After a sh*t day at work went out to one of my permissions this evening (the only one that has shootable deer) in search of a buck and if not some Bunny's. I arrived at the farm and had a look around the main field where i have seen Deer previously and spot a 4 point Roe buck amongst the long grass. Happy days...however there are two members of the public in one of the adjoining fields standing looking at the farmers cows so i decided i'd leave the rifle in the car for a while until they walked off (to save any hassle) then id come back for the Buck.
So i was walking back to the car to get the rifle and up pulls a guy who also has permission to shooot on the farm and has done for a while from what i have been told........I ran into this guy once before when i was having a look round one of the fields, he came over and questioned me regarding if i had permission etc, stating he had been shooting there many years... and what i was shooting....to which i replied mainly vermin ;-) .he was a bit arsy and it was clear he wasnt too happy about me shooting there...he left the convo saying "well i will speak to the farmer about this in the morning!"......anway i spoke to the farmer the next day explained i ran into his friend who shoots their and all was fine and he told the guy that i was allowed to be there...
Back to tonight......
The guy gets out his car and comes over , says hi etc..."oh what are you looking for?", i say just having a look round but there is a buck over there which he has already seen.."so were you planning on shooting it then?" he says...to which i replied erm no not at the moment... he the goes on to state that he has been managing and nurturing the deer on the farm for many years..(well there are only really two fields that the deer can get into due to the cattle , and im guessing there is not much of a population to "manage" in these two fields.. So i asked him what he had been doing to nurture them...to which he said shooting the young ones.. and he said has used a something? triangle management program...... Ok fair enough .... he then goes on to ask me if i am a member of the BDS? to which i said ..why do i need to be to shoot or know about deer?! explained i had my dsc l1 when he asked if i understood about the ecology of deer, now i do not claim to know a lot about Deer as i am new to this game and have a lot to learn but this guy was coming out with some crap to try and act like he knew it all..he was trying everything in the book to try and find a reason why i should not be shooting the deer there..as though he owned the bloody farm! He asked if the land was cleared for me (which it is ;-) ) , asked if i had specific permission to shoot deer from the farmer (which i do) but at this point i felt my self getting a bit pi$$ed off out so i suggested he take up his issues with the farmer regarding what permission i have...i did not want to discuss any more of my business with this guy..He then said he would prefer if i didnt shoot any more bucks untill after the rut and maybe he would let me come back and shoot the does in the winter..(hang on a second it is not his place to tell me what to do or when to do it!!! so i bit my tongue again and popped off to look for some bunny's ,again he left saying " ill speak to the farmer in the morning"
So i left that field and parked up by the farmers house to look for some bunnys , thought id leave the buck as would have been too much hassle with this guy around.
Bumped into the farmers wife and asked if the farmer was in , she said yes and preceeded to wake him up from his kip on the sofa...not the best idea but she did it before i could say leave him be. He came to the door was happy to see me considering he had just been woken up , i explained what had just happened and he said the guy can be a bit possessive and not to worry he will have a word with him..his wife also said well the deer here are wild and belonged to no one so i was free to shoot them ..anyway seems like they didnt think to much of the situation and we happy with what i was doing. I just wanted to get there an explain my side before the guy turned up tomorrow and said goodness know what about me.
Now its about 40 mins after the incident and i shoot a bunny in one of the fields (looked into the original field and saw a buck chasing a doe but had the rimmy anyway), as im walking back to the car this guy drives down one of the roads alongside the field and pulls up, obviously to look at what i had just shot!..pulls over and has a good look at me ... , he had kept driving around to make sure i had not shot anything else...i looked towards his car , shook my head and carried on walking. By this time i had enough and thought id call it a day.
Now my main worry is that this guy is a bit sly and crafty after how he was carrying on and may try some tricks in the future to get me off there although at times he tried to come accross as being friendly with me. I did also ask him if he had an issue to come out with it rather than beat around the bush talking rubbish, but he didnt really say much in the end other than he will speak to the farmer. Now im not used to taking rubbish from people or being spoken to like an idiot but I guess sometimes we have to just bite our tongues eh.
whats the best way to play this chaps any ideas? I know the farmer is fine with me so thats not a major worry unless the guy tries to change his view, Do i just shoot what i want as i have permission to do so? The last thing i need is some nob cooking a up a story to get me off the permission or worse...? Do i consider what he is saying? Do i log this situation with feo or police incase he tries any tricks in future to cover my back? any advise will be appreciated!
Rant over guys..had to get that off my chest...the poor Mrs got her ear bent as well when i got in