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  1. #1

    Actually stalking your ground?

    I'm always on the look out for 'syndicate place' type threads on SD and read one yesterday where the OP 'limited' the offer to people who would regularly stalk the ground.
    Do folk really take on ground or join syndicates and start with the intent of sitting on there blunt ends at home?
    Why?
    Seems like a daft idea to me - thought the point was to stalk the ground.
    What am I missing here?
    JS
    I never make the same mistake twice.

    I make it five or six times.

    Just to be sure.


  2. #2
    Loads of people do it to get land for a rifle then don't bother seen it happen many times
    There are no perfect men in this world ..... Only perfect intentions

  3. #3
    Many people want to stalk more but Wife ,kids and life in general get in the way. To go out regular comes at a price and I'm not talking about money.

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    This is quite true that people buy places in syndicates and simply don't turn up or when they do are not good enough to get any deer. I have what I call killers who get the work done and enjoy the site. Then we have the I've been 20 times and not seen anything type. we have the one's that get their firearms certificate with the permission then not hardly bother. I try to get a balance .I don't mind a few of each as long as all are happy and carryout a deer management plan. Then we have the poachers that think they are in the syndicate.

    One thing is that syndicate places are very hard to get so look after it if you have one . woodfordfallow

  5. #5
    People also take ground on themselves, turn up a few times get wet/cold/see nothing and stop going.
    I know as I took a load of ground off someone who did just that.
    This also links into the distance thread on here recently, the people I took over from lived about 30 miles away - so maybe that just added to their lack of enthusiasm.

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    A lot have the mentality of "it's better to have too much ground than not enough"

    ive got access to 3 pieces of ground but it took me almost 2 years to get my first deer as none of the piece of ground are very big or hold any deer, just get the occasional fallow passing through. I manage to get out at least once a week if not more and shoot plenty of foxes and rabbits. I've got one friend who has good ground with plenty of roe and he only goes out once every 2 months or so as that's all he can manage to get out yet he has taken on a stables with a deer problem and has only been once in the last 6 months and not seen anything there.

    Some people just want the most amount of ground or just new ground as they get bored easily. As someone said above if you get in a good syndicate or good ground then go regularly and do a good job so you can keep hold of it, don't waste it or just hold it so someone else doesn't get the chance.

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    ive just been offered a spot, two or three lads dropped out as they where traveling a good three hrs each way together but the main drivers give up so the others have as well ,but to be honest i dont think the lads even went on it over a couple of seasons,so the lad in charge has had to keep going himself as he couldnt keep his cull figures up, heres hoping its ok for me,i know theres roe,possibly an odd fallow,so we will see,
    DONT START

  8. #8
    Family is often the limiting factor. As a relatively young man, with little commitments other than work, going stalking is something you can do at the drop of a hat. Then along comes a serious partner/wife. Time is now much more limited, but you can still justify perhaps a couple of days a month. After all, she has her own interests. Then along come a little ankle biter or two. Job knackered! You can very rarely justify the time to go stalking. Is it fair to leave the other half with the pressure, lack of sleep and dirty nappies and swan off by yourself? So then, to keep yourself in the game you have to keep your permission, but visits may only be once or twice a year.

    As time progresses and the kids become less immediately dependant, that gradually eases. Then you find yourself no more the young hunter/provider of old, but a middle aged stalker, trying to recreate the thrill of those young days. Such is life.

  9. #9
    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro View Post
    Family is often the limiting factor. As a relatively young man, with little commitments other than work, going stalking is something you can do at the drop of a hat. Then along comes a serious partner/wife. Time is now much more limited, but you can still justify perhaps a couple of days a month. After all, she has her own interests. Then along come a little ankle biter or two. Job knackered! You can very rarely justify the time to go stalking. Is it fair to leave the other half with the pressure, lack of sleep and dirty nappies and swan off by yourself? So then, to keep yourself in the game you have to keep your permission, but visits may only be once or twice a year.

    As time progresses and the kids become less immediately dependant, that gradually eases. Then you find yourself no more the young hunter/provider of old, but a middle aged stalker, trying to recreate the thrill of those young days. Such is life.
    Ain't that the truth!

  10. #10
    It's a funny ole thing these Deer syndicates.
    I joined one once and was only lucky enough to get in because, in the syndicate owners words " I've dropped one guy because he only comes down once or twice a year to shoot the bucks and I need carcases through the Larder"
    As I lived quite close I tried to visit once a week, always took the rifle and lunch but sometimes only ate my lunch and came home.
    I built up a bit of a relationship with the dog walkers and horse riders and enjoyed the scenery and occassionally put a few Deer through the larder.
    However, when a new syndicate owner took over, I was immediately dropped as I was classed as taking the proverbial for the money I paid based on the number of times I stalked !
    Do syndicate owners/leaders want regular stalkers to keep an eye on the place as well as cull Deer or just members money ?

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