My reason for getting involved in this thread was to point out how relatively rare these situations are in England. No one on SD has ( apart from one close shave ) ever had a problem with this issue. Of course out of season shooting occurs, why should an immediate problem with financial consequences take 4 months to solve hence the almost never used Farmers Defence. Oh and as a farmer, stalker (sometimes as a paid job) I have more experience in Wiltshire than the vast majority of highland contractors.On paper, I agree. However, as we discussed on the other thread, the denouement on the ground is often quite different. This is even more the case under the "farmer's defence" (as here) than it is under proper OSS because the control is often conducted by those not accustomed to out-of-season shooting. No disrespect meant but a Wiltshire foxer or stalker simply doesn't have the same experience as a highland contractor.