Due to the hard frost friday night i decided to stalk late yesterday morning . Over the last few outings i had been taking someone out with me who currently only shoots air rifles and shotguns to give him some general guidance when it comes to firearms , well after about an 20 mins of generally walking and glassing we spotted a mature doe with a buck and i decided to leave them together with the hope that the doe will keep the buck on the ground untill the seasons change . Anyway we carried on up the banks and onto the flat fields on the top , as we walked into the second flat field we spotted two young does lying against the hedgerow soaking up the sun, at the same time i noticed a walker coming through the gateway 100yrds to our left accompanied by two dogs which when they seen us let of a few barks in turn spooking the deer . The dog walker headed straight towords us so i said we had better lift our vails etc and greet the walker on doing so the walker expressed that he owned the nieghbouring chicken farm and had we shot anything , i expressed no but had spotted a couple roe and a fox at this point i asked the obvious , do you get any problems with foxes and vermin He replied that the chickens were housed but the foxes spend a lot of time in the vacinity and quite often take his nieghbours ducks but he has got a big problem with magpies . I replied do you want them shot , to my surprise the friend who was with me pipes up and said i will shoot the magpies for you , i was gobsmacked as he also carried on to say how he had done this and done that . Needless to say i was getting annoyed at the dribble he was coming out with along with the fact that he was a guest on the ground and was being nothing but bad mannered . Anyway a shake of hands with the nieghbour /walker and a promise of a visit to clarify what needs doing and to get the paperwork sorted would happen over the next few days .
Once the walker /nieghbour was out of site i felt the need to tell my friend what a w-nk-r he was but refrained and headed straight back to the truck not even discussing the issue , once back at the truck he asked what was wrong all i could do was to shake my head in disbelief.
Is it just me who feels that to try and take anothers opportunity of shooting further ground whilst being a guest on the ground you are on is BAD MANNERS or is that the done thing . Needless to say the friend will not be shooting on any of my ground again nore will i be his mentor for a proposed C/F application