So I fancied a bit of stalking somewhere different with a friend. We've been quoted £100 per outing plus a cull fee of £50. It was made clear that this would be for 'followers' not mature does next february. Needless to say, I've declined the offer.
But not before doing some 'fag packet maths'. I recently paid £2780 for a 7 day, 8 night, 14 animal cull package in South Africa, that includes trip, flight, airport parking and travel etc.
So, the price of my proposed roe kid stalking trip would be, based on an equivalent package :-
Outing fees 14 @ £100 = £1400
Cull fees 14 @ £50 = £700
B&B 8 nights @ £40 = £320
Meals 8 days @ £20 = £160
Fuel @ £140
Total £2720 So for just £60 I can go for Africa and shoot kudu cows, wildebeest cows, warthog and other plains game instead of roe followers for £60 more. Now I know I'm comparing apples with oranges, I'm sure people are finding many flaws in this comparison, but hopefully some will get the point I'm making.
I think it's time to scour the classifieds on here and see if there's anyone who can accomodate us both who charges more 'realistic prices' than the outing and cull fees mentioned. Or, in all seriousness, do I just stop deer stalking and head off abroad because the deals look much better value for money to me sometimes.