Good afternoon Gents,
I just wanted to run this by some of you more experienced shooters. I am currently considering putting in a variation for a .243, i have have my first centrefire ( a .223 ) for a year now and since the time of my original application (when my main quarry was foxes) i have become interested in deer stalking as my primary quarry.
I have two large (300+acre) permissions which are already legally cleared to .243 however they do not have deer larger than Muntjac on them, i got my .223 for these permissions for fox control but my license has been updated to allow me to use it for Muntjac and CWD as needed.
However this year ive done a 6 paid stalks with a couple of reputable stalkers just for Muntjac deer and have been building up my stalking experience a bit more. I have recently booked to do my DSC1 course and have booked two weekends of stalking for next spring for larger deer Roe / Fallow and i plan to book at least several more to build a portfolio of stalking experience.
I would like to apply for my own .243, i have a space for it in my cabinet. I would have to put down on my variation that it would be for use on paid stalking days, not necessarily for use on my permission as i cannot justify needing it there due to no large deer and already catered for with the .223 for foxes. Although if i had one i would likely zero it at my permission as the land is cleared to .243 and possibly sometimes on foxes if that was allowed.
Additionally my new shooting friend and his dad have an 8000acre permission over in the south of England (with Fallow, Roe and Reds) which they have said i can come and shoot with them when i like, although i dont have a "permission letter" per se for that land owner, can i also give this as another reason for my application ?
My question then is do the police grant variations based on someone who can show evidence of regularly attending paid stalking weekends / has evidence of upcoming weekend booked and paid for ??
Thank you all very much for any input, I greatly appreciate the advice of my more experienced colleagues.