just received a phone call from a friend, a new FAC holder with a few queries which I can't answer.
He has been been conditioned to have a mentor, happy to do so, however he has been told by FEO that he is looking at a large amount of culls completed before being deemed safe to carry out lone stalking, not been given a definitive number.
My thoughts are that as long as he shows me he is safe and competent, has understanding of the species he is stalking and that I have enough faith in this to state so to the local force, that should be enough regardless of numbers culled. I will be more focussed on when the shot is not taken rather than numbers of beasts grassed. He has DSC1.
I am currently carrying out the same for another chap, a farmer with almost a decade of shooting experience (shotgun and rimfire), yet no mention of number has been made (different FLO, same constabulary), they deem him safe however to lamp foxes with CF without a mentor signing off (he is very safe and competent and a good lamping partner btw).....inconsistant or unenforceable?
Any thoughts and previous experiences appreciated.