I have been fortunate enough to pick up my first permission from a friend of mine. 100 acres woodland and 40 acres meadow which has a healthy roe, heavy fallow and rapidly growing muntjac population. . No charge, 1/2 carcass to the owner or 1/2 value if sold. I thought this was fair.
The land is leased to a significant local shoot in return for a let days. As it happens I am in the syndicate for that shoot and so on pretty good terms with the keeper.
Now the poults are going to be going in fairly shortly and i have a feeling the keeper is going to be pretty sensitive about me traipsing around his pens. Obviously I need to have a chat with him and fully intend to do so soon. I am sure that most people who have a permission on here have to mix with driven shoots, have people had problems before the season starts and if so what has been the best tactic when discussing this with the keeper? Obviously i will shoot any foxes seen, but any other thoughts before i go and buy him a beer would be welcome. Perhaps i am just being paranoid but i really want to enjoy the rut!