I am curious about something as there is often syndicate places advertised on the SD.
It does not effect me in the slightest but I wonder how potential members are vetted once an advert is replied to.
There are a lot of folk desperately looking for spaces and I would imagine that regardless of where the ground is, stalkers from near by and far off are applying. Aside from the obvious requirements by forestry companies, are the spaces in some instances given to the first to reply, or those staying closest or more likely, given some of the previous discussion on here, those staying the furthest away? Are there existing syndicate members all getting together saying 'we don't want a local getting on the ground as they will shoot it out', or do they have the more appropriate (in my opinion) attitude that there are real benefits to someone local having access? Does some syndicate captain really sit down and collate the applications and determine from those that have applied that their experience (which could be lied about and work both ways), qualifications or whatever else is going to get them a place? Does an interview take place? I know guys that have driven a long way to be shown a piece of ground and knew immediately they were not going to get the place that was available.
If there are no control issues and the management of deer is very much recreational I don't suppose it matters where the members are or how often they attend once they have paid their money. But what if it really is a proper 'management to protect a crop' syndicate, which must be the case with some.
This has nothing to do with Englishmen coming to Scotland or vice versa, so please lets not allow this post to degenerate into that.
I would love to know how many responses on average there are to a syndicate place that is advertised, and what distance those applying are prepared to travel...