I have been shooting the same farm night and day for rabbit and fox for the last five years [not a deer stalker yet ] .on my last night shoot just before christmas everthing was going fine a few rabbits and a dog fox , on my rounds i decided to stop on the edge of one of two woods for a coffee break as there is a shed to shelter from the weather and can shoot from it if needed . As i was have coffee i spotted two guys in the woods with rifles [night vision binos] didnt know what to do make a noise ? shout ? maybe they would have shot in my direction . what should i have done they had no right to be there i am the only one with shooting rights from the land owner ,its is not land that is leased out .
I lit up the edge of the woods where i was with a powerfull lamp that could be seen for miles slowly moving the light to where they were and they had scarpered , i found a couple of dead rabbits so they were obviously poaching . What is the correct corse of action never come accross this before , should i have approached them if so what then an argument ? possible violence ? call the police ? by the time they had got here they would have been well gone . how can i disscourage this happening as the must be local blokes think i got a look at what may have been there truck . and keeping a look out for it again but what can i do if i spot it ? very concerned they shoot something i get the blame for later , as i have a strict understanding with the farmer what i shoot and what i dont .