For two years now I have had my name on the waiting list for stalking leases with a small private forestry company. Last week I recieved a letter asking me to attend a viewing of a small woodland in north Perthshire. I was given a key and a map and told to look round myself. When I got to the forest gate four hinds were feedind not 40 meters inside the trees. The place is all conifers but has a lot of open streamsides and glades and is very interesting. On the day I saw plenty sign and as well as the hinds saw two roe. Thr crofter next door told me the odd Fallow can be seen from time to time and the area is far enough away from the central belt not to suffer the ferret and lurcher brigade. So far so good. It is 100 hectares and the price is £900 per year with no guarantee of continuation but unless something goes wrong I am told I will be given first refusal .
Now the trouble. The owner wants to retain concurrent stalking rights. He lives a long way off but has a bothy nearby and stalks 2500hectares of hill acessed thru this wood. I am told he comes up at least twice a month but the forest agent will not quantify how many times he would use the wood. He could text me the night before and say he is stalking. I live 3 hours journey from this property and due to my work often have to make long-term plans for stalking trips. The area looks really nice and I know how hard it is to get place of your own. I have been going up to David Browns in Inverness for years to stalk red and sika and will continue to go there but I have always wanted a place of my own. Who doesnt.
Do any of you lads have a similar arrangement and does it work? When i expressed doubts the agent told me if I dont take it he has dozens of others who would. What do you think? Cheers Fab2