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In modern (and strange) times is a bottle of single malt still the best way to say thank you for your shooting permission....?


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some people hate whiskey...........why spend £50  plus on a decent bottle of malt....knowing full well he or she will water it down with ginger ale or something else....

find out what he or she really likes........maybe a nice magazine subscription................or a drinkable couple of bottles of port he can share with the mrs or whoever...

do a bit of groundwork first

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22 hours ago, Westley78 said:

What do you think... ?

Like already said , not everyone drink Whiskey or anything else come to that , on one place I went for many years the farmer died a good few years ago , this just left his wife in the big house , so up until she recently died I would buy her a good potted plant for her garden and a decent box of chocs for herself .

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On a couple of my farms I will hang a gate which needs sorting, mend a fence but in the main they are more than likely to give me something for keeping their vermin down. If you have a skill then offer to use it.  Often farmers do not have time to hang a gate...how many do you see tied up with string?

IF your thinking of giving a gift then as said, do a bit of research and find what may just fit the bill and that may not be a bottle of anything and often a gift for his wife goes a lot further.  My father was an animal feeding stuff sailsman and he always said that if you got your feet under the kitchen table then you where on a winner. If his wife didn't like you then you would be on a hiding to nothing.  As a child many moons ago I would often be asked to go to the door and tell a farming rep that nothing was required. Then my grandmother would say  "That nice Mr So and So has just driven in the yard, put the coffee pot on".

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19 hours ago, Walker570 said:

On a couple of my farms I will hang a gate which needs sorting, mend a fence but in the main they are more than likely to give me something for keeping their vermin down. If you have a skill then offer to use it.  Often farmers do not have time to hang a gate...how many do you see tied up with string?

IF your thinking of giving a gift then as said, do a bit of research and find what may just fit the bill and that may not be a bottle of anything and often a gift for his wife goes a lot further.  My father was an animal feeding stuff sailsman and he always said that if you got your feet under the kitchen table then you where on a winner. If his wife didn't like you then you would be on a hiding to nothing.  As a child many moons ago I would often be asked to go to the door and tell a farming rep that nothing was required. Then my grandmother would say  "That nice Mr So and So has just driven in the yard, put the coffee pot on".

I was always told to tell the reps, to call back on Monday.

Monday being market day and absolutely no one on the farm other than dogs.

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My friend, who lives in France, always makes a point of giving a rabbit to the OAPs in his village when he has a surplus (on a sort of rota basis) Plus any other neighbour he happens to meet on his way home

Which is most times he goes shooting. That simple act of charity has had an incredibly positive effect on his becoming an accepted member of the community in which he lives when other British are seen as aloof and distant.

I can't see my neighbours here being so impressed if I presented them with a dead rabbit. They would probably report me to the RSPCA

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