Following on from the previous thread, (I didn't want to hijack it) but it raises an interesting point. I have a couple of permissions where the farmer says I can't go on after about August for fear of "upsetting the shoot". I think the argument is that I would disturb the birds somehow. Another farmer, who runs a biggish commercial shoot doesn't seem to mind at all, though. I do not go on, or just before, shoot days, though.
I think stalking is pretty low impact compared to dog walkers, for example. I'm a stalker, after all - the clue is in the name.
I have had run-ins with possessive gamekeepers years ago, so always keep out of the way, but it does irk me a bit. Particularly when I know the keeper shoots a few deer when I'm off the land in winter. How come he doesn't disturb them? Also makes the doe cull a bit difficult, not least because I don't know how many he's shot.
So, should we be out of the way during the bird season, or am I being too submissive? BTW, I am not going to start arguing with farmers or keepers, whatever you lot think. I am happy enough with the status quo and I like a quiet life.