Well. Its come to that time. Ive been shooting quite a few years now thanks to guys such as MagMan and the likes, but ive decided its time to hang up my guns and concerntrate on other hoobies such as fishing and whatever. So, with some experience behind me and some very, very hard earned permisions, im considering leaving the hobbie and finding another way to waste my time. Ive around 1200 acres to shoot over and they are made up of pasture, forrests, crop and rough ground, all located on the wirral. These pockets of land will not available for poaching from me, as the relationship with the land owners is one that is based on trust and hard bloody work. If you think you can just walk in and take them, please think again. The farmers ive been dealing with are, as im sure you are aware, are....welll,.... farmers. They dont take well to strangers. What i am willling to do over the next few months is take people out with me and see how they are on the land, and how they manage to cover what i show them. Its not an easy job, and needs weekly attention, but the hard work and time you are willing to put into it will be well worth it. I should add that there is also land for ferreting. Again, this has all been hard fought for and will need the right person. So. What will you need? Well, i started with a .22 air rifle and a crappy old shotgun. It would be hard work to manage this land now with these (trust me, i know), but i would say at least a .22 lr (opne ticket ideal) and the ability to use a shotgun or at least have someone at hand who can guide you. This would be your perm, nobody else's, and this is at the request of the land owners. I will be seeling all of my guns, from air rifles to cf, to shotguns over the next few weeks (if its ok with the site owner) and taking a list of pms to take people out with me for a guided tour/shoot. Ive been biten by the marine fish bug over the past year, and with the older i get, the more id rather be sat watching a goby sift sand, than sat in the rain waiting for pigeons. If the admin can see fit to open my PM's for me as they are restricted. Im not bothered about where you are located, but if you live in Derby, it might be a bit of a rush when the farmer wants you there that day. Common sense is required here. So, for an orderly queue and ill do my best to get back to you as soon as ive made a decision.
Regards, MM/ Martin.