ELEY’s resident outdoors expert, Mick Garvey, gives his advice on how you can get shooting permissions to shoot on private land.
“I’ve been lucky to gain permission over around 30 acres of woodland, open grass and a couple of crop fields. First impressions are good. Having recced the land it has a good head of various quarry… rabbits, squirrels, and I even saw a lonesome fox.
The shooting permissions arose after asking numerous times about this land, which I drive by every day. When I first approached the farmer he looked at me and said I don’t have a problem with crows and pigeons here. Yet, all the time I was talking to him I was looking over his shoulder at groups of the very same avian pests helping themselves to his freshly drilled crops. So this is where I could have challenged the point and said “look over there.” However, I didn’t. It’s his land and here’s some guy he’d never seen before asking for permission to roam his fields with a gun. It’s understandable that so many farmers and landowners are wary.
I said ok, no problem but could I leave you my card and details in case anything changes. Then, I gave a quick breakdown of where I lived and what I did for a living so he knew I wasn’t just a chancer or a possible problem. On leaving, I shook his hand and thanked him for his time.
That summer, I saw him again a few times and gave him a wave whenever possible. I even stopped for another chat when walking my dog Zeva and he remembered me. When asked if he still had my card, he said he’d misplaced it. I always carry cards with me so I passed him another. This time however he took time to study it before saying thanks and putting it in his wallet. I took this to be a good sign and half expected a call that evening … it never came.