Not pointing at anyone in particular, in recent days I have noticed things seem to have changed somewhat.
In the old days a sportsman could be paid to come out and shoot a few deer.
Now the average stalking fee is somewhere in the region of £60.00, plus trophy fee if appropriate, this is usually given before any shot is taken. (The Fee that is)
Then you purchase the carcass... if you want to.... at the prevailing rate.
Some of those who offer stalking, are to say the least, opportunists, in that a new "Shot Fee" has been introduced, why?
If I turn up at your stalking ground on a pre-booked stalk, I will be armed with a suitable calibre for taking whatever quarry species I am turning up for, I would expect you to have a good knowledge of the ground and show me (as you know your ground) a likely spot to shoot deer, I would expect to see signs of deer on the ground you took me to and be able to shoot a selected beast, that is all part and parcel of the stalking fee, both parties knowing what we are there for. If I simply wanted to see deer, there are numerous deer parks for me to wander about in and see deer without any £60 fees.
So the question is......... if the stalking fee has risen in some parts of the UK for some species then why not simply say so, instead of trying to double the stalking fee with a "Shot Fee"? what do people think we are turning up at stupid o'clock in the morning armed with a rifle for?