I've been thinking about getting a foxing rifle on my ticket recently, and since one of my shoots is cleared for .243 I'm thinking of seeing if I can get the other cleared too and get a dual use foxing and deer rifle. The one cleared for .243 backs onto some forestry comission land and gets deer on it, it's not a huge shoot but it would be big enough I think to be worth having the .243 and in any case it's not a hugely over the top calibre for foxing anyway.
I need a bit of advice as I really don't know where to start with shooting deer. How does one go about getting land? I'm aware there is paid stalking, which I would probably do a few times to get some initial experience. I've also heard of the DSC1 course, which sounds good but a little expensive for what it is - is it worth it, or would I be better off buying some books and talking to other stalkers to get the knowledge I need?
How have members here gone about getting stalking land other than through paid stalking? I presume there are syndicates out there, but I've not really found much information about how to find local syndicates and how to evaluate whether they are the good ones. Also, do people just ask around and get permission like one would for fox and vermin?
I've got a lot more questions, but I suppose I'll leave it at that for now. Any advice gratefully accepted.