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    Night shooting of deer

    This might show up my ignorance... but the wife asked me the other day why you couldn't shoot deer at night (I was setting up my lamping gear but had said deer were off the menu)... I responded after a second's thought that I believed it was down to using high powered rifles when you can't be sure of a safe backstop etc... but then I thought, hmmmm, but you can shoot boar and foxes with rifles at night!

    So why not deer...?


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    God knows why, apart from some people think deer are special, but you can apply to shoot at night.

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    I wonder if you'll get a explanation from the FC stalkers

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    You can lamp deer up to one hour after sunset according to the law in England. You can also apply for a night shooting permit. You won't get one, but you can still apply!
    MS

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    it can be bad enough finding a wounded deer in full daylight never mind in the dark

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    Possibly has its roots in legislation targeted against poachers? The working man didn't have the opportunity to have a pop at deer during normal working hours so he would have to shoot at night; you couldn't necessarily prove that he had taken the beast from a particular place, but you could show that it must have been taken outside permitted hours. Similar rationale behind the illegality of salmon fishing on Sundays (the only day Joe 6pack had off work)

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    Quote Originally Posted by trouble View Post
    it can be bad enough finding a wounded deer in full daylight never mind in the dark
    SNH authorisations are conditioned
    Must phone police and notify neighbours
    Minimum of 2 people present
    A trained dog/dogs MUST be present
    Along with other conditions

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    Quote Originally Posted by trouble View Post
    it can be bad enough finding a wounded deer in full daylight never mind in the dark
    On the contrary. It is quite easy to track with a trained hound in the dark, try it but I recommend safety glasses just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolverine View Post
    SNH authorisations are conditioned
    Must phone police and notify neighbours
    Minimum of 2 people present
    A trained dog/dogs MUST be present
    Along with other conditions
    Interesting.

    As far as the "trained hound" goes do the SNH have a register or a test dogs must pass before they are considered "trained hounds".

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    Quote Originally Posted by barongcw View Post
    Interesting.

    As far as the "trained hound" goes do the SNH have a register or a test dogs must pass before they are considered "trained hounds".
    No George but they have came out with me at night before and make sure you are abiding by the conditions,seen my dogs work too,that would be a good idea though a register for the dogs for authorisations
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