I've recently put in for a variation on my licence for stalking as it was initially issued for target use only.
My FEO has now granted me Stalking on my licence but stated that I was restricted to the use of my rifle/s STRICTLY on the nominated land on my ticket. So I can only shoot my rifle on the one farm I have. Now I have a freind in Hampshire which I try to get out with whenever I can. He has an estate and two farms. I asked the FEO if I could now shoot my own rifle on his shooting permissions as his guest. He stated NO !!! I am restricted to the land on my ticket and not allowed to use my own rifle. I would still have to borrow my friends rifle if I wanted to shoot on his permission. I am NOT allowed to use my own.
Doubting this I downloaded the Home Office guidelines and it appears he's wrong.
My interpretation of the home office paper is that once he grants me Stalking on my FAC then I'm entitled to shoot on any land to which I have permission to shoot, even if that's merely verbal or otherwise.The only restriction on that is that the land has to be pre approved for the calibre I'm shooting by the chief officer. The difference being an 'open' ticket doesn't need the pre approved land and is left to the shooters discretion. So in effect I'm on a closed ticket but not to the restrictions he's just invented.
Page 106,107 and Appendix 3 page 233 of the Home Office Guide to Firearms Licencing.
I thought I'd fire it out to you guys and get your take on it before I speak to him.
Thanks in advance