I now have my .308, a suppressor and a scope (inbound this week)
Now aside from the paper targets at my club I'd like to get some venison, the right way..
Anyone know of any syndicates at not too much coin around the Harrogate/ York/ ripon area?
DDM is another self licking lollipop. I'd rather go to St Huberts than submit to DSC which is now an open book course!
DSC is easy enough if DDM were worth joining then they would be recognised along with St Huberts. Personally I think they should be binned and the MoD can make a few sheckles leasing the rights!
In the same way that private landowners and estates do. In fact the FC leases are hard to get and difficult to comply with! There is no reason that the Defense estates cant make some revenue for the MoD and give jobs to retired crusty WO's at the same time!
That's because they don't employ deer/estate managers with decent salaries. They end up making a pigs ear of things. We managed estates for a good few years keeping cull targets, larder records and providing a good training course before DSC1 over several estates amounting to about 85000 acres nationally with one full time manager and about a dozen local supervisors who got to finish the cull if the clients ballsed it up. That was without annual leasing and it worked.
It can happen it just needs the right people to set it up and run. Best practice can be insisted upon and managed it just needs the will to do it!
The census and cull plan was done originally by the national manager assisted by the locals and maintained by the locals. Cull plan agreed with each land owner plus trophy fees and carcasses where required. Some landowners had dinky little 80 acre woods dotted about so prime objective was species management to support timber harvesting such as eliminating Roe Bucks during the territorial thrashing crops with antlers time to leaving a good healthy herd of pretty Fallow does for the owner to see whilst savagely managing the prickets and less than stellar bucks.Unless they employ a gamekeeper the individuals just have stalking rights, they are not conducting deer management. How many individuals do you know that have conducted a full census and published a cull plan for the land that they have stalking permission on?
The question of the MOD land being opened up and the DDM being done away with is being discussed at the moment by DIO and funnily enough the evidence from the FC and NT is being used used to demonstrate why it doesn't work.
I considered applying for the job at Woburn, I knew I wouldn't get a look in but that's how it should be done!I couldn't agree more, it's just a shame that their aren't more people with that level of moral courage to follow that example and not just see the ££££££.