Not enough deer being shot in the UK

Dave N

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I was going to explain about all private land but figured I would let Richard do it. The places he took me were smaller farms and driving around he would point out properties he had access to. Completely different than over here!
 

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What I saw while visiting Richard and Lee made me think the sale system works fine in Britain. What works for one area might not work in another. The US system would collapse (and has) under the a sale/no tag system. Similarly, Britain might reverse the other way to almost no hunting if landowners didn’t see a potential financial benefit from hunting.

Richard and I dropped a few Fallow deer off one evening to the meat market. It was very interesting. I finally got to see a Red Deer!
 

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We have amongst the strictest gun laws in the world, you have to jump though many hoops to get a rifle, let alone a place to hunt with it.
My chest freezer is full!
Recently there has been a Facebook group called 'giving up the game' where people can donate game free of charge or at little cost to the non hunter.
The farmers are very cautious who they let hunt on their land, luckily they trust me, and many people in my county now who I am, and I have a good reputation (or at least so I am told!) and because of this the farmers that were once strangers to me are now good friends, it does help.
But the guy in the article, states he controls the deer on 35,000 acres, well thats BS, I have access to 3000 acres and I struggle to be in the right place at the right time!
But I get my fair share.
Any other questions fire away.
Cheers
Richard

hey Richard,

what about muzzleloaders in the UK? And how hard is it to bring a bolt action rifle there on a trip? Also let say one were to go to the UK how much meat would they let you export for the trip home. Red Deer is on my bucket list and I have to combo it with a vacation my wife would want to go on.

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Overlordbear
 

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hey Richard,

what about muzzleloaders in the UK? And how hard is it to bring a bolt action rifle there on a trip? Also let say one were to go to the UK how much meat would they let you export for the trip home. Red Deer is on my bucket list and I have to combo it with a vacation my wife would want to go on.

regards
Overlordbear
There are some questions whether muzzle loaders meet the legal criteria to hunt deer in the UK, Scotland are different from England.
I did start to look into visitors from the US bringing their own rifle, not worth the hassle, just use your guides.
Cheers
Richard
 

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When I wasnt in London I would shoot 50-80 deer a year off an estate I stalk, as part of a cull of around 200-300. The population was still growing!
 

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When I wasnt in London I would shoot 50-80 deer a year off an estate I stalk, as part of a cull of around 200-300. The population was still growing!
I dropped off a hind yesterday, the manager said he had taken in over 800 deer since 1st November of most species, not that you would know with the numbers I have been seeing.
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Richard
 

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I dropped off a hind yesterday, the manager said he had taken in over 800 deer since 1st November of most species, not that you would know with the numbers I have been seeing.
Cheers
Richard
Sounds like you need to take a couple, build a giant BBQ pit, and throw a big party for the town folks! Maybe the Old Thatch would supply a few beverages.
 

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Sounds like you need to take a couple, build a giant BBQ pit, and throw a big party for the town folks! Maybe the Old Thatch would supply a few beverages.
I can't believe you remembered the name of that pub!
All my friends have some venison from me.
BTW, we are in lockdown again so all pubs etc are shut:cry:
Cheers
Richard
 

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I can't believe you remembered the name of that pub!
All my friends have some venison from me.
BTW, we are in lockdown again so all pubs etc are shut:cry:
Cheers
Richard
Of course I remembered! That's where you and I first met up face to face. Plus, the fish and chips WAS pretty darn good there! :cool: Just thought a big old block party would be a good way to use up some venison and maybe get some new customers! Not to mention a way to break up the monotony of a lockdown. Socially distanced, of course! I'd come, but I think I'm busy that weekend! ;)
 

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The biggest trouble we have is the 'management' of the deer isn't done over a large scale area. Like the guys have said. All individual landowners can let people manage te deer how they see fit.
You are lucky if you access to large areas of land that join up. Most stalkers don't have access to properties that join up.

We can shoot what we like and how many, seasons permitting, but it would be a waste if you can't get rid of the venison

I butcher a lot now and gift it to neighbours and friends. If it gets people eating this healthy meat all the better.
The hospitality industry is shut down so the wholesale market is dead.
 
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