Following the latest revelations of the DCS and their forthcoming Wildlife and Environment bill, I think that we as stalkers need to formulate a response to it. We need to have a set of cogent and pertinent questions as to how this will affect stalking in Scotland and the effect it will have on the deer population. It is not just Scottish stalkers that could feel the repercussions of these proposals; the qualification restrictions will also affect visiting sportsmen as well, how long before they stop visiting?
We need to have a fairly comprehensive set of answers in response to the questions raised by the DCS in their document, plus our own questions based on what they have left unanswered. What form their proposed qualification will take, the cost involved are a couple that spring to mind. I shall over the next couple of days be having a long hard look at their proposals and formulating questions and raising issues where I think it necessary. If you do the same I do not mind collating them and producing one document consisting of all the points raised. Obviously we shall overlap on many areas but that does not matter as there are bound to points raised by some that are overlooked by others.
We also need to send the same document to our respective members of Parliament, Iím sure the financial outlay in the setting up of unnecessary testing would be enough to grab their attention, besides the concern expressed by the stalking community. The various bodies that represent us are, by and large, showing precious little in the way of an active response on our behalf, so we shall have to do it ourselves.
I did receive one bit of good news today though that will mean that my membership with BASC will never be renewed instead I shall be joining the Scottish Association for Country Sports.
As an aside it is not only Scottish stalkers that will be affected, anyone in the UK who has lease on Scottish ground at the moment, will also need to have the relevant, or equivalent, qualification to continue with their stalking in Scotland.