Just had some leases sent through today from the Forestry Commission as some others may have done.
I have been looking through them and wanted to know what others thought about them, especially the prices, here is an example.
Tay forest district. Offering stalking 835 hectares, approx 1830 acres for Red, Fallow, and Roe over a 12 month period.
These are the 3 year average culls,
2 Stags, 1 Hind, 1 Calf, 35 Roe Bucks, 29 Roe Does, 18 Roe kids, 5 Fallow bucks 4 Fallow does and 3 Fallow fawns.
The cull needed for the coming season is on a similar par.
The price for this lease is expected to be in the region of £6000 + vat =around £7000, at this price this works out at around £3.82 per acre.
I think that this is a liitle too expensive and would work out to be over a £1000 per gun with 6 members.
I think with the fact that the commission are making it mandatory this year to have your level 2 to shoot on their ground, I reckon they should struggle to achieve this kind of revenue.
I am just interested as to who would willingly pay this kind of money and why.?
Last year I tendered for some Sika ground off them in the borders which was about 600 acres, my bid was about £1200 inc vat if i remember right, but had it on pretty good authority that there were offers in excess of £6000 for the same bit.