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    Hello again

    Hello again.
    I joined this forum a couple of years ago while I was waiting for my firearms certificate and dreaming of deer stalking. I was granted my certificate for .204 but refused a .243 due to my lack of experience. That kinda knocked the stuffing out of my deer stalking ambitions for a while and I lost touch with this place as I concentrated on fox and rabbit control with my .204 and pigeons, corvids, etc with a shotgun.

    Down, but not out, I swotted up for a couple of months, passed my DSC-1 and re-applied for a suitable roe deer calibre. Don't ask me why I chose .22-250 but it was a decision I was soon to regret and swapped it for a .223 soon afterwards. I've now changed my mind again and applied for a variation to a .243, which is what I wanted in the first place. I called my FEO the other day and was told it'll be approved this time.

    I try to get out shooting a few times each week. Mostly on my own but usually at least once a week with a friend. I wish I could go stalking once a week but there aren't many deer on my permission so we only take one every couple of months. And I'd hardly call it stalking. It's more of a "sit and wait" kind of thing. Either from the 4x4 or after a short walk to reach a good sit and wait position.
    I love the excitement of lamping for Charlie and I enjoy a peaceful wander with my .22 along the shore from where the rabbits come to invade the crops. I'm probably the worst shot in the world with a shotgun but I still can't think of many better ways to spend the day than to fill the air with lead. I just like any excuse to go shooting.

    I've visited here many times over the past year or so but I could never remember my login details until I had a eureka moment about half an hour ago, managed to login and decided to say hello again.

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    welcome to the site

    “Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.”
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    Welcome to the site, glad you finally got your deer calibre,
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Hi there

    Hi i am new to this and have the same dream you do but i am in a little bit of a pickle eed premission to shoot on someones land with 308 to get my firearms licence do you know any one i am also going to do my level 1 and 2 befor applying for a licence. Also going to get my shot gun licence at the same time because then it only costs £60 for both . I dont live far from you and wondering if you can help
    Also going to buy a new 22 at the week end to pest controle some where
    Regards andy

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    I'm no expert, and I'm sure there will be someone along to correct me before long, but I can't see you being approved for a .308 on your application.
    I assume the .22 you mention is an air rifle. My advice to you would be to find a permission for your air rifle then ask the landowner if he would approve of you using powder burners on his land. If yes, you should apply for a rimfire (.22lr or .17hmr) and a centrefire for fox (.204 or .22-250?) or deer, if you have any on your land (.243 perhaps).
    If you're refused a deer calibre, DSC-1 is not too difficult a challenge and you should have more success with a variation application to .243 or .308 once you've shown commitment and gained some experience.
    You say you don't live far from me, but a quick google search tells me Prudhoe is in Northumberland and so you live a few hours drive from me. What can I do to help?
    Last edited by Stinkfoot; 18-02-2012 at 03:17.

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