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    Misconceptions

    I shot a fallow picket on Saturday morning on the patch I share with a pheasant shoot.(I was there first) The deer reacted favourably to the shot and ran back into the wood. The shot was @ 250m just behing the point of the elbow. On follow-up I got up to the beast who suddenly jumped up and crashed off deeper into the wood too quick for a safe second shot. Ohh Poo.
    Went back to the car and put the tracking harness/long lines on the dogs and returned to the wound bed which showed a good hit lung/liver. The keeper then comes roaring through the wood yelling something about if I have to shoot deer why dont I kill them immediatly and he has never had to search for a deer ever and he has been shooting them since he was 12. Also something about i must not take my dogs into the wood as he is shooting on Friday. I politely respond that the dogs will remain on their leads and once in a while deer will run into thick cover and it will be quicker to recover the beast with the dogs. By the way could he give me 10 mins to find the beast before he quads through this part of the wood.
    He tears off at full throttle to spin some more grain around. I/dogs find deer stone cold dead 10m other side of ride deep in a bramble thicket.
    Later the keeper returns grumbling that he has never seen the deer so spooked in the wood and implies it must be me even though I go in there probably once a fortnight for a couple of hours in the high seat and to date one shot one kill, carcass carried out quietly on foot.
    The keeper however tears round that wood 10+ times a week turning the rides into liquid mud, they beat and shoot this small wood at present every 7 days and in between he is lamping, pigeon and squirrel shooting.
    The point is he does not spook any of the beasts of the wood only deer stalker do that

    Ho Hum

    Mark

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    Misconceptions

    In fairness to the keeper, pheasants seem to follow the quad to the feed rides, just like the real keepers of old used to whistle them up, however nothing will drive other wildlife off the ground than the situation described, unfortunately I don't suppose the keeper in question has spent much time walking quietly round the woods gauging the reaction of game to his presence.

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    have you tried pointing out the truth of the matter to the keeper?

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    I would have more luck/understanding getting the ALF/LACS to understand.

    Sometimes our shooting/hunting breathren can be more obstructive and anti than the anti's. Oh for a simple life

    When in the wood the last thing I need is getting any of the animals disturbed or twitchy. Its amazing how much vehicular assistance this pheasant shoot requires to remove 40 pheasants between 20 people in a day

    Mark

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    truth of the matter is he would probably prefer it if he had the place to himself, he does not sound like the sharing type.

  6. #6
    Spot on. However I will not be giving up my shooting rights just to suit him just yet.

    Mark

  7. #7
    Seems to me the keeper dont know his ar*e from his elbow, you do get them im afraid. Your situation was pefectly acceptable now I will bet you any money you like he would have about as much success shooting deer as he would finding Kate Moss riding bare in the wood!

    Oh if only we were all shooting on the same hymn sheet, but alas it seems to be a squabble for our own little piece of control.

  8. #8
    DaveG
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkH
    Spot on. However I will not be giving up my shooting rights just to suit him just yet.

    Mark
    I think you might find that wood will be become far less productive deer wise in the future. Its easy enough to do. As you say he's there each and every day, you're there once every 2 weeks.

    Good luck. Your going to need it if he knows what he's doing.

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    Fortunatly he doesnt. I have my spies.
    I dont bother going into the wood too often Dec/Jan as the mud levels et quite silly. Much nicer to go to Scotland and clean my boots on the heather with a roe cull.

    Mark

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    DaveG
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkH
    Fortunatly he doesnt. I have my spies.
    I dont bother going into the wood too often Dec/Jan as the mud levels et quite silly. Much nicer to go to Scotland and clean my boots on the heather with a roe cull.

    Mark
    Oh well! Lets just hope that no one educates him in the ways of doing things

    How did your doe cull go. The weather has not been ideal.

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