Wiltshire Lad here. My name is Paul and I live in North Wiltshire. Last year I bought some land next to my house, mostly to protect from development but also as a place for me and my family to play. It is a mixture of pasture and woodland. I have held a SGC for twenty years, and used to hold an FAC for an air rifle, but let that lapse. Last year I reapplied for my FAC to get a rimfire to control rabbits and other vermin on my land.
Last winter I planted a new orchard and several hundred broad leaf saplings. Whilst restoring some coppice I saw quite a few roe as well as a few muntjac. I also saw the occasional fox. So I decided to apply for a variation for a 243 so I could shoot the foxes and control the deer who were enjoying the young shoots of my planting!
I have have been lurking here for or month or two, but I now have my rifle, a Tikka t3 stainless with synthetic stock, which is giving me lovely tight groups at 100 yards. My licence has been conditioned on either stalking with a mentor or to get a qualification before stalking alone. Obviously not a gun safety issue, as I can shoot fox unaccompanied! I have a friend who stalks, he has loaned me a few Richard Prior books that I have been reading. I am still thinking I will do my DSC1, as it is probably the easiest route to removing the condition, and I'm sure I'll learn something useful.