What an eye catching header hey?, Well that pretty much sums up a conversation with a very embittered huntsman a few days ago in my local.
Now i know living in the area that i do is like living in the final frontier, but some of the attitudes that i encounter beggar belief. This chap lives and breathes all types of hunting with dogs, needless to say he is not a happy bunny with the current situation he finds himself in, he still however travels throughout north devon and into somerset no longer to hunt deer but to shoot these vermin the farmers dont want on their land, this is done with shotguns surrounding woodland etc, they happily admit a lot go away wounded but it doesnt matter because they will die from their wounds.
I pointed out to him that i could not understand the farmers rational that if the deer were a problem then why not turn them into a financial asset and have them controled humanley and within the law, his reply that he almost spat back at me was they didnt want a load of snobs running around the place.
First of all i thought that maybe he was just trying to get a rise out of me as he knows that i am rather passionate about deer, but he was not, he even went on to confide in me that a deer park that i used to cull on until i could no longer stomach it, now have him in to sit in a tree and shoot with again a shotgun the selected beasts that are driven towards this tree.
Dog in a manger comes to mind, as does **** for brains, OH, and we arent on speaking terms anymore, suprise suprise.
Regards to you all, MT.