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    New member - Cardiff, South Wales

    Hi All,

    Hereís my intro and plea for help.

    My name is Dave, I'm 27 and live just outside Cardiff. I was born and raised in South Africa until I was 14 and have lived in N. Ireland for a bit too.

    For the past couple of years, I have been to visit my cousins in Alabama, USA and go out shooting (targets, cans etc, handguns & rifles with various calibres) and Iíve tagged along on a few hunting outings with him. He really knows his stuff, but a couple of days a year really isnít enough to pass much onto me, so I can probably be classed as a bit more than a complete novice.

    So my plea for help is this really Ė there is so much information online and itís pretty overwhelming when reading through it all on here, that I am hoping there may be someone or a club/society/syndicate (local if possible), who would be willing to help me out - give me a bit of advice, point me in the right direction, take me under their wing as they say.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Dave

    PS sorry if my plea for help shouldnít be in this section.

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    Welcome to the site Dave. I'm sure there'll be people locally who will be able to help and advise.
    Do you have your FAC yet - or are you starting from very first principles?
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    Welcome to the site and you are in the right place to get help.

    Craig
    ďPersistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.Ē
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    Thanks for the welcome guys.

    Eric, all I've really known has been hunting in the states so coming to grips with UK rules and principles is probably where I need to start. Should I be looking at getting my FAC sooner rather than later?

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    Welcome to the site,

    John
    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Quote Originally Posted by daverzz View Post
    Thanks for the welcome guys.

    Eric, all I've really known has been hunting in the states so coming to grips with UK rules and principles is probably where I need to start. Should I be looking at getting my FAC sooner rather than later?

    I'm assuming it's deer stalking specifically rather than general game/vermin hunting we are talking about - but I would get yourself out on a couple of paid stalks (unless you can find someone who will let you go with them) and use the time to glean some of the information you will need. There are many rules and requirements in the UK. What I would say is make sure you keep a log of everything you do to show you have been thinking about the process. I would also consider some more formal training as you are unfamiliar with UK deer species etc - and this, along with recorded trips out will help any application you may choose to make.

    Feel free to PM me and we can set up a chat if it's useful.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAYB View Post
    Welcome to the site,

    John
    Thanks John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric the Red View Post
    I'm assuming it's deer stalking specifically rather than general game/vermin hunting we are talking about - but I would get yourself out on a couple of paid stalks (unless you can find someone who will let you go with them) and use the time to glean some of the information you will need. There are many rules and requirements in the UK. What I would say is make sure you keep a log of everything you do to show you have been thinking about the process. I would also consider some more formal training as you are unfamiliar with UK deer species etc - and this, along with recorded trips out will help any application you may choose to make.

    Feel free to PM me and we can set up a chat if it's useful.

    Cheers
    Ye, it was deer stalking I was referring to. Wouldn't mind doing some duck hunting at some point - but that's for another time.

    Thanks for all the advice - that's really useful! I'll make sure I keep a log from now on. By paid stalks and formal training, are we talking DSC?

    A chat sometime would be great too thanks - I'll PM you and we can sort something.

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