hello again all
time to post some more about what's going on, since my last post "big deer and fox" there has been a dramatic change in my stalking.
two days after i posted the thread , the farmer who ownes the 160 acres of land i stalk on asked me to call around to see him.
off i went woundering what this was all about, we sat down in the kitchen had a cup of tea and he then drops the bomb shell that someone else has bought the stalking rights.
when i first got the stalking on this land i enquired with the farmer if payment was required or would he would like me help out with a bit of graft. at the time the farmer being in late 60's and with no help wanted the latter. so i would help with fencing, hay , farm duties etc.
so over our tea the farmer explaind how he was approached by a person who wanted to get into stalking and needed a bit of land to stalk on. this person then offered the farmer £500 cash on the spot for the stalking rights on the 160 acres till the end of the season and the same amount for the next season.
of course the farmer said yes ,he would of been a fool to turn that money down. no hard feelings on my part. (no way would i pay £500 for the land)
i had put a lot of hard work into the ground with making some high seats , planting some feed crops for the deer. i also have a bitter taste that someone else s gong to reape the benefits i have sown. i could have taken a lot more deer from this land but decided not to , i wanted to manage the deer not eradicate them. i hope the next person will do the same.
as i live in S Wales near the Cardiff end the stalking is limied and well sourght after, i had plenty of rejections from door knocking etc and was feeling down.
anyway in work one day and carrying out a job with a another firm i just got talking to this guy , the subject of shoting came up and of course i told him my story.
he starts to laugh and then asks me to come with him to control the deer on the land he shoots, 4000 acres. due to his line of work and no free time he is having trouble controling the deer. i of course say yes but in my mind it looks to good to be true.
he tells me how there area hundreds of deer on the land these being fallow ,roe,muntjack and one or two red also some wild boar.
we arrange to go out (wed) and he keeps saying how many deer do i want to shoot. i cant believe this "how many" one would be great. off we go he has some fantastic ground but no deer.
we have had some very bad weather, he keeps telling me thats why the deer are not out, im gutted .
we drove to a new area and then he just stops the 4x4 and says there are the deer , i look but see nothing ,he points, i see nothing except a herd of 60-70 what i think are cows 600m away.
i am wrong they are deer (fallow) i have never seen so many, i was use to a maximum of 3-4 does and one buck in one place. i had a fantastic stalk and shot two bucks, which i was told would not do and next time i must take at least three as the deer numbers are a bit high and need thinning out.
we have arranged to go out again and get some more , i am overjoyed at this , but i still would like my own peice of land to manage again.
i will post more when i get more .....neil