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    culling deer for 100K

    Just returned from a weeks hind stalking in the Highlands of Scotland. While out stalking with an old keeper friend one day, I was told an unbelievable tale of what was happening in his locallity.
    Although it takes some believing, I can assure anyone reading this thread that the source is no liar. He has a local contract deer culler who was last year payed £92.00 a head to cull as many deer as possible. Shooting any breed of deer be it female, male, or calf twentyfour seven irrespective of season. This person amassed a cull figure which earned him in total nearly £100,000 pounds of tax payers money. As this is so obscene I just had to find time to post this thread for your reactions. Anymore words about this sad state of affairs fail me.
    Here's hoping these mass culls will be STOPPED before its TOO late.
    GAZ

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    i know there is a recession on but that to me is nothing but greed in my opinion. on the other hand if fellas are short of money and get this kind of oppurtunity they would fiind it hard to pass up

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    Thats just crazy many more of them sort of culls could see deer numbers dwindle to not a lot.

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    But who did your reliable source hear it from this could be a case of a brag in the pub a tale on a shoot to make some one look better than another. But could also be true. I personally wouldn't believe it. But like tikka 3006 says mibi a chance someone couldn't refuse.

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    That is hell of alot of deer if my calculations are right after a Sunday of real ale and red wine that is close to 1000 deer. He must be well known to ask to do such a job. What i cant understand is the people at the top say deer numbers are on the up and out of control, ok so why dont estates or stalkers reduce there fee's to allow people to come our more and to stalk and gain more experiance by offering more or better deals. I have known three chaps this year wear thay can only afford a single stalk and the stalkers have known full well that if stalkers have not gone out with them they have to continue the cull plan alone. But sure something is better than nothing and to build your revenue up by having more people out with yourself. I know that when people rent land people pay top end of the market so there hands are tided on the finance side of things. It's so ver exspensive setting up in this sport the stalking to is quite a burden more so in odays climate.

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    Almost 3 deer per day, every day of the week....?

    I would suggest impossible regardless of the number on the ground. Far too many variables against making that number. Think about the snow up there last year alone over Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb.

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    1100 deer roughly, have my doubts but you never know
    Al

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    jamross,
    the snow last year brought the deer in, making big numbers easy to achieve, also if you are allowed to shoot either sex out of season then you just shoot what you see and if they are including calfs in their number (which is not usually the case) then I find it more than believable also the spotlight would have been used.
    The guy is just doing what is asked off him and doing it well by all accounts.
    someone mentioned taking guests out on such culls, well IMO perhaps experienced rifles might be able to help but to achieve such numbers novices would not be suitable. There was also a mention of making the sport cheaper, well id like a brand new Ferrari do you think they will make them more affordable ?

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    I think there are one or two folk who break the 1000 number each year. They don't stalk like we stalk and when you talk to them, you find they are roaming over tens of thousands of acres. They will have a pal with them to help deal with the carcasses and they will try not to shoot anything more than 100yds from a road. For these folk time is money. Everything they do is slick time wise. They do exist and they are very good at what they do.

    Regards JCS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz View Post
    Just returned from a weeks hind stalking in the Highlands of Scotland. While out stalking with an old keeper friend one day, I was told an unbelievable tale of what was happening in his locallity.
    Although it takes some believing, I can assure anyone reading this thread that the source is no liar. He has a local contract deer culler who was last year payed £92.00 a head to cull as many deer as possible. Shooting any breed of deer be it female, male, or calf twentyfour seven irrespective of season. This person amassed a cull figure which earned him in total nearly £100,000 pounds of tax payers money. As this is so obscene I just had to find time to post this thread for your reactions. Anymore words about this sad state of affairs fail me.
    Here's hoping these mass culls will be STOPPED before its TOO late.
    GAZ
    If their is substance behind this story I hope that this person was obliged to process these deer into the food chain and the proceeds returned to the taxpayer to offset the cost. I don't have a problem with the amount earned as I would expect that there was considerable effort involved, however I am not at all comfortable with the idea that sporting traditions of respect for the quarry and laws to protect them at night and during close seasons can be blatantly ignored in this manner. I agree that this practice should be stopped at once

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