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    How would you handle it?

    Driving down a small country lane earlier today, and became aware that there was a driven shoot taking place in the woodland alongside. I passed the keeper and a couple of pickers-up, who stood aside to let me pass, and could hear the beaters working through the wood and shots.
    Rounded a bend and found one of the guns in the middle of the lane, waiting to get a shot at birds as they passed over. He - somewhat reluctantly - moved to the side of the road as I approached, and stood with his gun held horizontally across his arm. POINTING STRAIGHT ACROSS THE ROAD, LEVEL WITH MY HEAD!!!! He appeared totally mystified as to why I refused to drive past! Just gave repeated impatient (and rather pompous) gestures for me to get a move on!

    Now, bearing in mind that this is the same shoot that owns sporting rights over part of my farm, and that my kids go beating there on the weekends, and the shoot owner has been a reference for my son's university applications, how should I have handled this?

    (Also bearing in mind that this is the same shoot owner who sent pickers-up and flag waving flankers onto parts of my farm where he DOESN'T have sporting rights, when shooting adjacent woodland, and without asking permission, and then got annoyed when I quizzed him about it).

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    I wouldn't be renewing their lease!
    Cheers Ted.

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    I think I'd probably recommend a friendly chat (with the shoot owner) about the concerns you have regarding the safety of some of the guns on the shoot. Obviously you have leverage regarding their use of your land for beating and picking up but for now I'd probably not mention that until you need to.

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    I agree tedster, although as the op said owner I took this to mean that the shooting rights were owned not leased. If leased the op obviously has a lot more leverage with the shoot

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    Sounds like an internal debate in your mind. You now what you would like to do but you are also considering consequences. I think the shoot owner needs to be told where he stands. If the boot was on the other foot I am sure he would be talking to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedster View Post
    I wouldn't be renewing their lease!
    I wish!
    The fact is I only own the sporting rights on half of my farm. The shoot owner that I'm talking about owns the rest, so no option of "not renewing their lease" I'm afraid.

    My question really though, is how would you have handled it at the time, i.e., when you wanted to drive past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    Sounds like an internal debate in your mind. You now what you would like to do but you are also considering consequences. I think the shoot owner needs to be told where he stands. If the boot was on the other foot I am sure he would be talking to you.
    Take a foto of said gun and show the shoot captain your concerns??

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    You left it too late. You should have got your phone out and told the shooter, unless he held the gun in a safe manner while you passed and apologised for risking your life, you would ring the police and tell them (quite rightly) a member of the shoot was risking harm to you with a shotgun by pointing it at you

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodp View Post
    You left it too late. You should have got your phone out and told the shooter, unless he held the gun in a safe manner while you passed and apologised for risking your life, you would ring the police and tell them (quite rightly) a member of the shoot was risking harm to you with a shotgun by pointing it at you
    unslipped in a public place also???

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodp View Post
    You left it too late. You should have got your phone out and told the shooter, unless he held the gun in a safe manner while you passed and apologised for risking your life, you would ring the police and tell them (quite rightly) a member of the shoot was risking harm to you with a shotgun by pointing it at you
    Yes, I think that's what I should have done. It did cross my mind but I didn't have a phone with me - I was only driving about locally checking my animals and stuff, so left the 'phone at home

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