I have recently taken on a few areas for deer control that certainly need positive action to reduce numbers. With the new legislation as regards female deer commencing on 1st April I applied to SNH for two out of season authorities and a night authority. The applications request some very in depth answers as to what action has been taken to resolve the issues within the legal seasons and times for culling along with a good few other searching questions. I had site visits from the SNH and must admit to being put through the mill at these visits along with careful examination of the sites for evidence of deer damage and my knowlegde of same. I see nothing wrong with this approach from the SNH in that in application you are applying to legally break the law and they should ensure that your proposed action is totally neccessary and still maintains the welfare of deer.
I have been succesful in my applications but I hope that all applications are treated in the same robust manner.