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    Brian May allows deer cull on his land ?

    Anyone know the keeper? anyone know the true story?

    By Brian May
    7:30AM GMT 01 Dec 2012
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    Last week, I was accused of being “utterly hypocritical” because my land management agent had licensed a gamekeeper to cull deer on my forest land in Dorset. The gamekeeper in question, no longer employed by us, boasted that he had killed 23 young animals purely “for sport”. The part about deer control is true – but the latter claim is shocking to me.

    For years, I have been a staunch opponent of the proposed badger cull, and I am firmly against all forms of cruelty to animals. But there is a vast difference between culling deer and massacring badgers. The two have very different aims. I acted on the best available advice in allowing deer culling for a limited time on my property, for the health and safety of the herd – and, as an animal rights campaigner, I certainly have no reason to apologise.

    I inherited the tradition of deer-culling when I bought Middlemarsh, my 139-acre plot of land, in 2009. It has been described in some newspapers as an estate, which gives the impression of a grand, manicured country property, but it isn’t. I don’t live there; nobody does. It is a piece of forest land, which has been used for commercial forestry for decades. I bought it to protect it from development and to conserve its beautiful, rugged landscape by recreating a “primeval” undisturbed woodland where plants and animals could coexist.

    When I took possession, I was strongly advised to keep up the existing deer-culling. I was told that the game warden was necessary to take out sick and weak animals to keep their numbers under control. This stops the land becoming over-populated and prevents animals from starving in winter due to lack of food. I was also advised that if I sacked the gamekeeper, the whole herd would probably be killed by poachers.

    I took advice from my management company, UPM Tilhill, which said that the cull should be kept in place initially, so I could make an informed decision over time. I trusted them as caretakers of the woodland with all the experience that I knew I lacked. They issued a 12-month licence to a stalker to cull deer from March 2010. I did not know that he was killing for “sport”, as he claimed this week – he was employed to protect the herd. I find his motivation despicable, and I will never let him on my land again.

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    I shoot almost directly opposite his patch. There used to be some really nice animals there. Very few ever spotted now. Little b-----d shot everything, and I'm sure I saw some clients standing waiting at the forest gates with their rifles one day (of course I could have been mistaken).
    Funny lot that middlemarsh bunch. Brian May's wood is almost directly opposite the porn stars house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teyhan1 View Post
    I shoot almost directly opposite his patch. There used to be some really nice animals there. Very few ever spotted now. Little b-----d shot everything, and I'm sure I saw some clients standing waiting at the forest gates with their rifles one day (of course I could have been mistaken).
    Funny lot that middlemarsh bunch. Brian May's wood is almost directly opposite the porn stars house.
    Ha! Bet that's why he stopped the cull! Fed up of getting tripped over by the stalker!

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    When will deer stalkers learn that they must not enjoy shooting deer

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    I don't "enjoy" shooting deer.

    I do enjoy the stalk. I do enjoy the venison. I even enjoy it (in a manner of speaking) if my shot has been excellently taken, for then death is quick and humane and I have fulfilled my responsiblity in full and to my own satisfaction. But that "satisfaction" holds as true when shooting a bothersome rat or destroying a suffering farm animal. There is also a certain pride, as one who enjoys eating meat, in taking full responsibility for putting that meat on the table.

    ps. I don't go trophy hunting either. Can't see the point.

    pps.. So what, if Brain May seems to be a hypocrite?

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    Ok I'll admit it, I enjoy shooting deer, as well as stalking, putting meat on the table etc. etc. I think you may find, that we all do, its innate and built into us. A basic reward systems which is a vestige of our hunter gatherer days which helped to encourage us to hunt more, there by increasing our chances of survival. Does it mean I don't respect my quarry? no it does not. This really is present in everyone, including old mop head May just in varying degrees. Why can we not just admit it and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamus View Post
    I don't "enjoy" shooting deer.

    I do enjoy the stalk. I do enjoy the venison. I even enjoy it (in a manner of speaking) if my shot has been excellently taken, for then death is quick and humane and I have fulfilled my responsiblity in full and to my own satisfaction. But that "satisfaction" holds as true when shooting a bothersome rat or destroying a suffering farm animal. There is also a certain pride, as one who enjoys eating meat, in taking full responsibility for putting that meat on the table.

    ps. I don't go trophy hunting either. Can't see the point.

    pps.. So what, if Brain May seems to be a hypocrite?
    Good for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamus View Post

    pps.. So what, if Brain May seems to be a hypocrite?
    My thoughts exactly... what's an easier way to get back into the limelight, speak out about animal welfare issues or eat a kangaroo penis on I'm a Celebrity?

    Don't give these people the time of day!!!
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    I am happy to admit I enjoy shooting deer. If I didn't I would go out with a camera not a rifle. Sure a lot of the time I do not shoot anything but just enjoy being out and about in the countryside, and love to see deer and happy often not to take a shot and a lot of satisfaction comes from butchering my own shot venison, but my intention when I stalk is to shoot a deer should I see a suitable animal, that is the cold hard truth. Yes the shooting is a very small bit of it but I enjoy that part of the process, and have a lot of respect for shooting an animal, as the rest of the process.

    After all, who would take up a hobby they did not enjoy? And with this hobby, the actual shooting of a deer is an important part, if you can't get over that then maybe its the wrong hobby!

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    Brian may is a peace of ***** as any 1 that can lay a wreath at a war memorial for remembrance day and wright lest we forget our little friends (animals) is a very sick man.

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