Now a friend of mine has recently put in for a 243 and a 17 hmr , this is his first FAC.
He wants the 17 for rabbit/vermin and the 243 for foxing with the possibility of deer in the future.
At first he was told no chance on the 243 but in his meeting with the FEO he mentioned I would be willing to mentor him and the FEO says he will put it in and have a word and see what he can do.
My pal phoned me when he was there and I spoke to the FEO, he asked if I would be happy to mentor my pal and I said I would, I told him I had my 243 for a few years and was coming up my renewal of 5 years in November time.
The only thing he said was that I didn't have an OPEN FAC, but apparently I could of had one after 2 years , so he says he should be able to get around this little condition.
Now I haven't really gone around loads of farms shooting, I have a few I go to regular and do some foxing and targets and have a bit with some deer that I have recently started to make more effort to bring along.
1. Can anyone see me/my pal having any problems ?
2. Can I put in now for an OPEN FAC, or should I just wait till renewal as I have always heard you get an open after 5 years anyways , however I would be looking to book a stalk over in England in August so might be worth asking anyways ?
Appreciate any advice - Lloyd