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caberslash

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Would be a good to have a volunteer deer/boar/pest control scheme of some sort was established across the UK, firearm ownership in the Highlands is relatively common due to occupations and stalking opportunities but less so in other areas.

Can't see how such an idea would not be a win/win once security and safety issues are factored in.

Orkney has a volunteer goose shooting scheme but I think you have to be an island resident to join, cartridges are paid for too!
 

Freeforester

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Would be a good to have a volunteer deer/boar/pest control scheme of some sort was established across the UK, firearm ownership in the Highlands is relatively common due to occupations and stalking opportunities but less so in other areas.

Can't see how such an idea would not be a win/win once security and safety issues are factored in.

Orkney has a volunteer goose shooting scheme but I think you have to be an island resident to join, cartridges are paid for too!
As long as you have the relevant clause on your permit, to keep all in the right.


Geese in Orkney - guessing they're not arSPB types then!
 

caberslash

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As long as you have the relevant clause on your permit, to keep all in the right.


Geese in Orkney - guessing they're not arSPB types then!
Pretty sure that all Police Scotland issued FAC's are 'open and AOLQ' for stalking rifles?

Farming in Orkney seems to be well run, 'don't bite the hand that feeds you' probably comes into play when anti's try to complain about pest control.

'Goose scaring' (lethally of course!) is the euphemism used, much like 'deer management'!

When inquiring about the Orkney scheme I was told that it came about as not many farmers own guns anymore, financial concerns and security concerns aside I would have thought that farming is one of the few professions where shotgun/firearm ownership would be commonplace. Any insight @VSS ?
 

VSS

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I would have thought that farming is one of the few professions where shotgun/firearm ownership would be commonplace. Any insight @VSS ?
It is not so commonplace as it once was. Lots of farmers didn't bother to renew certs when the requirement for gun safes came in. Not much point having a shotgun if you can't keep it handy by the back door! Also, as farming became more specialised, and livestock all but disappeared from many areas, the requirement for HD pretty much ended in those areas. Home slaughter is not so commonly carried out these days either, partly due to legislation and partly due to the current generation of farmer's wives not being so happy at the thought of a whole pig being cut up on the kitchen table.
 

Freeforester

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It is not so commonplace as it once was. Lots of farmers didn't bother to renew certs when the requirement for gun safes came in. Not much point having a shotgun if you can't keep it handy by the back door! Also, as farming became more specialised, and livestock all but disappeared from many areas, the requirement for HD pretty much ended in those areas. Home slaughter is not so commonly carried out these days either, partly due to legislation and partly due to the current generation of farmer's wives not being so happy at the thought of a whole pig being cut up on the kitchen table.
Them new generation mega farmers are less like the old stereotypes, some of 'em just suck it up; James Dyson, for example... :coat:
 

Freeforester

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Pretty sure that all Police Scotland issued FAC's are 'open and AOLQ' for stalking rifles?

Farming in Orkney seems to be well run, 'don't bite the hand that feeds you' probably comes into play when anti's try to complain about pest control.

'Goose scaring' (lethally of course!) is the euphemism used, much like 'deer management'!

When inquiring about the Orkney scheme I was told that it came about as not many farmers own guns anymore, financial concerns and security concerns aside I would have thought that farming is one of the few professions where shotgun/firearm ownership would be commonplace. Any insight @VSS ?
Was also thinking of the 'destruction of dangerous livestock' etc bit, hard to ascribe ownership of something that officially does not exist in the wild, quite apart from rogue animal livestock.
 

Outback

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Did anybody see the program about the Pococks sp I think they live up Glen Affric very much into doing it for them selves .
 

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