Ok, so I have an area of land I on which I manage reds, the land owner ( a statutory body) approached me in the first instance as they wanted someone they knew and could trust on such a public site with so many walkers etc. They issued me with a permit for the first 12 months, and asked for a very nominal fee (supposedly to make it legal, don't know about that, but is was so small I really couldn't care). It has been suggested that when it is due for renewal they may be looking for a more inflated sum, and I was wondering what the value of the stalking would be? On other sites they manage they sell the stalking for 50% of carcass value.
It has several restrictions on it which I would imagine would reduce its value;
1) access is limited to certain areas during bird breeding season to avoid disturbance,
2) I am the only person premitted to have a firearm on the site,
3) no subletting or accompanied stalks to let etc.
The area in total is probably in the region of 100 acres give or take, but there is a substantial herd of Reds on the site (circa 60 resident) plus roe and munties.
Don't get me wrong, I know there are people out there who would give their right arm for some of these reds, and I know I am lucky to have it but we all have our budget!