Shooting rights!!!

#1
This is a request to anyone that lives or has lived in south somerset.

I live in Yeovil and I am currently looking for new shooting grounds for rabbit hunting.

At the moment with air-rifle but looking to go to .22 rimfire.

If anyone already shoots around there and wouldn't mind sharing or knows of somewhere where I can get some shooting rights, i would be extremely grateful.

Cheeers

Steve P
 
#2
Good idea! Sorry for interupting, but I'd like the same for Surrey!
 

ugly

LE
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#3
Smudge I may be able to help, the agent I work for has land on his books amounting to about 85000 acres so we do often lease rights for vermin control. Its cheaper than buying land and can cost as little as a couple of hundred pounds a year up to 1000's depending upon what you are looking for!
 

ugly

LE
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#5
I 'll ask him if he has anything in your area jibbajabba!
 
#6
ugly said:
Smudge I may be able to help, the agent I work for has land on his books amounting to about 85000 acres so we do often lease rights for vermin control. Its cheaper than buying land and can cost as little as a couple of hundred pounds a year up to 1000's depending upon what you are looking for!
I didn't realise you had to pay for this sort of thing? Getting my 'shooting rights' (didn't even know such a thing existed) went something like this:

Mr Landowner, can I shoot on your land? 'Yes'.

Mr Plod, can I shoot on his land? 'Yes'.

BangBangBangBang etc
 

ugly

LE
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#7
Pretty much so but some places are leased by firms such as I work for as additional income to non shooting land owners. These rights are then leased out. Rarely just for vermin/pest shooting but sometimes these are thrown in when we nehotiate for deer management rights.
Lots of woodlands change hands every day and 70 - 100 acres can bring in about £1000 per year in shooting rights (best case) so what landowner turns down free money?
 

ugly

LE
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#9
LISpace said:
Makes sense, I'm now grateful that I have such a friendly neighbour!
Be nice to them and try and get it in writing, they may not always be so friendly! :wink:
 
#10
ugly said:
LISpace said:
Makes sense, I'm now grateful that I have such a friendly neighbour!
Be nice to them and try and get it in writing, they may not always be so friendly! :wink:
Fortuntely before I went to Plod I asked the landowner if he would put his permission in writing, as I assumed the police would want this.

As it happens he's a good friend so hopefully the issue will not arise. Mind you I nearly shot his dog a short while ago - I was drawing a bead on Mr Flopsy Bunny when the fecking mutt crept up on me and jumped in front of my sights with a big friendly hello (black lab!). I nearly shat myself, and then gave him a big friendly boot ***********!

Mind you the landowner nearly shot his own cat once when we were lamping bunnies so he knows his pets are a liability!
 
#12
When my Dad was alive, and I was just a little person, I spent many (nealy every) weekend going shooting. Some of the land was from local farmers that wanted fox / rabbit / deer control.

But Dad also rented land in a wood, along with 2 other friends, for the Deer Shooting (It was just off the edge of Exmoor).

One thing that Dad used to do, was offer the Farmer's the option of every other Deer he shot, was the farmer would have that animal, or it would go to our local butcher (ex RM), and the Farmer would get the money.

Its always worth asking your local farmers, or even people that own large house's with lots of grounds.
 

ugly

LE
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#13
Always worth casual chatting, I have picked up lots of ground that way!
 
#14
ugly said:
Always worth casual chatting, I have picked up lots of ground that way!
Good excuse to visit lots of country pubs too!
 
#15
hi mate would be interested in leaseing some vermin/stalking rights myself! hope you can help?thanks jay
Smudge I may be able to help, the agent I work for has land on his books amounting to about 85000 acres so we do often lease rights for vermin control. Its cheaper than buying land and can cost as little as a couple of hundred pounds a year up to 1000's depending upon what you are looking for!
 
#17
Just make sure you know the boundaries. Some nomark just missed me a few weeks ago. Swore blind the owner had given him permission. I am the owner.
 
#18
I had a hell of a job finding a shoot after my last one was sold & permision was revoked. I ended up frequenting a village pub on a regular basis , getting to know the punters (mostly farmers & farm workers) & eventually becoming accepted as a regular punter. One night I heard a farmer complaining about rats, I seized the oppotunity & offered to spend a few nights with an air rifle. After doing that a few times proving I,m no numpty I asked permission to walk his land with a shotgun. I now have a good couple of shoots a better social life & a good circle of new freinds. Bingo :) Sometimes you have to put the legwork in instead of just hitting the phone or cold calling on a land owner.

LT
 

ugly

LE
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#19
I had a hell of a job finding a shoot after my last one was sold & permision was revoked. I ended up frequenting a village pub on a regular basis , getting to know the punters (mostly farmers & farm workers) & eventually becoming accepted as a regular punter. One night I heard a farmer complaining about rats, I seized the oppotunity & offered to spend a few nights with an air rifle. After doing that a few times proving I,m no numpty I asked permission to walk his land with a shotgun. I now have a good couple of shoots a better social life & a good circle of new freinds. Bingo :) Sometimes you have to put the legwork in instead of just hitting the phone or cold calling on a land owner.

LT
Bloody sound advice. I am now stalking different ground, it was secured by a mate who was doing building work for the owner. I now pay him a carcasse fee so the outing fees are payment now to me rather than to an owner or agent!
Its slowly picking up. It also means I have to be taked to meet each landowner so I burn a fair bit of diesel to shake hands and chat with owners! The current rash of deer poaching and tresspass down here helps, owners know we will keep a damn good eye out on their land for free!
 

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