Right here I go and hopefully this wont be too long winded.......
Having passed my DSC1 last week and having never actually shot a deer you can imagine i'm pretty keen to get out and give it a go.
Now this is the bit thats got me confused, as I dont yet hold a FAC i've been having a scout round on the interweb and on here looking at paid for stalking and trying to gauge if its for me and if I can afford it.
Trouble is its all far from straight forward, after lookng around it seems you can pay just about any thing from £75 for a morning out with no fee for shooting something to upwards of £300 plus fees for this, that and the other, then there are charges for damaging the carcass (not that I plan on doing so but even so......) which seems to mean all sorts of things from having to buy the whole carcass to being charged a percentage of what it would have been worth and then there is the "if you want to buy the animal you have shot prices will be at the going rate" ????
Plus add in the fact that neither I nor any one I know has ever booked a paid stalking trip and you can see why i'm a bit apprehensive.
I've no great visions of going out and knocking over a gold medal anything right away, more along the lines of a cull animal of some sort but then do I try to find some one who can put me onto a Roe cull buck or should I wait until the autumn and go for a cull Sika stag or fallow buck?
If any anyone could offer me some advice on What, When, Where, Who with and how much and what I should budget for for any aditional costs I would be very greatful indeed.
I know there is a lot to be said for just ringing around, speaking to people and finding out whats on offer, but just having a vauge idea of some questions that I should ask would also be helpful before i do so.