It's really funny sometimes how different people see things in different ways. I'm lucky to be involved in and manage some syndicate stalking on FC and other forestry company grounds but there's a lot more work and frustration involved that people seem to realise or care about for lease holders.
Imagine it like this.
The Lease holder
The lease holder puts a lot of effort into viewing, tendering and learning the ground with all the admin attached like cull returns, keeping syndicate members paperwork up to date etc and then dealing with members who can be difficult or non attenders. It is their responsibility to look after all the issues and manage the syndicate members. As an example of the 15 odd places I'm responsible for on my local grounds, the bottom 7 members on these leases combined made 8 outings only!!
Some people think this is a good thing because there's more for everyone else which as great if the other members do actually shoot the deer but now after a few years if running syndicates I've realised that you'd be lucky if half your members will attend 10 outings a year. So, if your cull is 20 deer you're probably going to need 80+ outings at least to come close to your cull and if you're members only make up half of that then it's pretty much up to you to hit cull targets or risk the forestry company lamping it or kicking you off.
Last year I had to shoot over half the cull myself towards the end of the season on two grounds, that cost me time and money to try and make sure the forestry company stays happy. I think it ended up around £450 extra in fuel to do that.
The syndicate member
There are lots of really professional and switched on stalkers who really appreciate the opportunties and privilage of having access to stalking through syndicates. On the other hand there are people who only join the syndicate to have deer authority on their FAC and may never attend and many who fancy a place and might only visit a couple of times a year. I would hope that people who are considering joining a syndicate realise that the money changing hands element is a very small part of the agreement and they do have a responsibility to contribute to the cull target.
Being a syndicate member also has costs for travelling and sometimes for local accommodation if they stay out of the local area. These costs especially in fuel can seriously limit the amount of visits a person can make in a season. There are obviously ways to limit costs like with car sharing and camping on site etc. The important thing is to remember that when you take up a syndicate place, there is a role to perform and you have that place above someone else.
Maybe it's a bit of a rant but I can see now why some lease holders have strict policies on attendance and bump the prices up so that people will either commit and get stuck in or end up being replaced.