I think FC have looked at the man days it is taking per deer on this ground and decided it's to much work. So they put it out to tender, get paid, save on their own labor costs. Which is fine, but the minimum cull figures seem optimistic to me.
I also made the interview stage at Thetford on Tuesday I felt I put a strong portfolio together, gave a good interview and shot well on the range but unfortunately for me your presentation must have been better , so again I tip my hat to you sir and say well done, no hard feelings just simply the better man won on the day.
Now the forestry commission get a lot of stick on this site and I as someone that has dealt with them first hand ( Not as a friend of my granny's uncle who said )would like to express how professionally the system implemented by Fc was conducted, the system ran very smoothly and transparent , questions were fair, based on ability and knowledge with the monetary bids not being in anyway the deciding factor . On receiving the e-mail I was obviously very disappointed and thought to hear so quickly that I must have truly blown the interview ,one phone call to their top man proved me to be very wrong I was walked through the process and was informed that things were very close with the successful applicant beating me by a hares breath and just gave a marginally better interview, again congratulations Pointblank I know how hard you must have worked on your portfolio as my own took a considerable time to put together, preparation for the interview was also no easy task but I felt really at home on the range and felt my targets and demonstration of safe handling could not have gone any better but yours obviously did.
Many thanks to Trevor, Martin, Steve, Doug, Paul, Nikki and Josie + the rest of those at the F/c for the time they put into making this work .
Despite the let down I truly look forward to retendering again next year albeit better prepared.