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uk roe hunter
August 6, 2007, 07:47 AM
http://www.deer-stalking.org/index.html

Have a look at this one guys. If any one fancies submitting an article or a review then send me an email from the site. It would be good to see what our american brothers do on the hunting front.

steve

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Selfdfenz
August 6, 2007, 08:49 AM
If you had to guess, taking all species as a group, how many deer are there in the UK? Very interesting page BTW. Thanks for the link.

S-

uk roe hunter
August 6, 2007, 09:54 AM
lots

the muntjac are expanding like crazy, Roe also. all the others are slowly building. there must be several million in total.

steve

phantomak47
August 6, 2007, 11:07 AM
I know you must get this question a lot here on the THR, but what is the standard procedure in buying a hunting rifle in the UK?

MCgunner
August 6, 2007, 11:36 AM
Well, anything I wrote would be pretty bland since I haven't hunted out west in a while. It'd be like...drives to place, sits in stand, sees deer, shoots it, guts it, applies tag, drives home for coffee. ROFL! Now, I could do something on one of my fantastic west Texas hunts, but it's been a while. I love hunting out west, just can't afford to right now. I'll have it better in a few years, though.

On hunting the isles, I know it's always been a bit of a class system over there. How hard is it for the common Joe over there to find a spot to hunt? Is it even possible? Texas, it's just a matter of money. Leases are really going out of sight. I'm lucky I bought some hunting land when I could afford it, though the friggin' taxes keep going up. To think we revolted from the crown over taxation and now we're paying 50 percent on average of our income on taxes...but...this ain't the political page. Every time I think about my little hunting spot, the tax thing comes to mind. If it goes up much more, I might sell and find something else somewhere where it's not appreciating so much. Hell, I might wind up west of the Pecos somewhere out near Art's neck of the woods, just never know.

uk roe hunter
August 7, 2007, 02:44 AM
to buy a hunting rifle you need to apply to the police for a firearms certificate. The certificate will stipulate the calibre and action of the firearm and what you want to shoot with it. It may even go as far as to say where you can shoot it.The officer will visit you and check you have a decent security cabinet and asses whether you can justify having that rifle and whether you appear safe to him (this is a problem becuase many of our constables do not know a great deal about firearms). The officer may also visit the land you wish to shoot over to assess whether it is safe for you to shoot that calibre of rifle over. Then you are checked on the police computer systems and a certificate will be issued.
Thats the easy bit. then you need to get some shooting ground. This is the same as everywhere. You can either shell out and lease a patch or join a syndicate to lease a patch together. Or you can hunt by permission of the landowner or keeper (as i do). There is no public hunting land in the uk. You can hunt deer all year round in various species and sexes. We cant hunt with a bow or pistol. To buy lease stalking (what we call hunting, not rummaging through Madonnas dust bin etc) you will expect to pay over $1000 per year. The other option is to pay per day. To go out with a pro stalker to hunt roe or muntjac does you might pay $200 a day or less. To hunt a trophy red stag you might pay$5000
I stalk for free by permission. The ground i have has roe and muntjac on it. It is quite good ground and i take 10 bucks or so from it each year. But getting on ground like that is tough. It is a case of building your reputation over the years and like all things -what goes around comes around. I do fox shooting for the keeper and also keep poachers off for him.

Steve

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