There has been many threads posted on here about methods to get permission to shoot/stalk. Cold calling at farms/on land owners has been discussed with successes and failures being posted. I am a great believer in cold calling, ok there will be many knock backs but sometimes you just hit a gem.
There is a farm in my area I have known all my life and passed many times. A mixed arable/beef/sheep farm of about 1000 acres, nice woodlands and is surrounded by similar ground. I knew there are deer on the ground and it just looks the dugs goolies. Three years ago I decided he can only say no and chapped the door. Eventually after a lengthy "interview" the reply was "you can shoot foxes in that field but phone me before you come out". Much has happened in that 3 years and I have shot many fox and other vermin extending my one field to the full farm. The farm is now home to my syndicate pheasant shoot with 12 members and I keep deer numbers in check. Our families now all socialise together.
Turns out that over the previous years several guys have had the shooting. All apart from one fell foul with the farmer ( one gave up shooting through ill health) and were instructed to leave. Must admit we are very generous at Christmas time but we are repaid many times over throughout the year.
Reason for posting is that I suffering the after effects of a party in the farm house last night. All from chapping a door.