Advice on Gaining permission
In essence, gaining shooting permission is asking someone you may have never met, for permission onto
his/her land with a gun to control their vermin or game. Think about what you would look for in a person
asking you for the same thing.
There are many members on here with years of experience of successfully gaining shooting permission,
so to summarise here are few useful tips.
In general, you will NOT gain shooting permission:
By posting permission required on internet forums
By writing letters (sometimes works, but with low success rate)
By sending emails
Actions that may help you gain permission are:
Getting out there and looking at what is going on, for instance.
1. Are there crops being hammered by pigeons?
2. Are there playing fields/golf courses etc overrun with rabbits?
3. Are farmers complaining about increasing fox numbers and attacks?
Knocking on doors, or speaking to the people responsible for the land in question. This way the person
1. Gets to meet you, and is able form an opinion of your character, there and then. It is also harder for them to refuse you face to face than it is to throw another letter in the bin.
Joining a club, or networking with like minded local people
Socialise, track down the landowners or farmers in their local and mingle
Once you get into the dialogue, find out exactly what they are looking for and make sure you cover The do's and dont's
Contact your local keeper and ask him if he needs any beaters, and then stick with it, be punctual and polite. Once you are known you may well be rewarded.
Once you have gained permission:
Look after it, there may well be someone like you, just waiting for you to mess up so they can take over.
Use your common sense, don't leave gates open or drop litter and always pick up your empties.
Don't shoot anything you haven't the authority to shoot.
Get a decent map and make sure you know the boundaries, footpaths, etc.
Look after your host (farmer, landowner etc), find out what they like to drink. Buy them a bottle at Christmas time. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a thank you.
Taken from help and advice in the shooting section