i no this is a very long shot but i,m after some permission in the county durham area desperately, tried the knocking on doors,letters etc this is my last resort if you dont ask you dont get please help regards geoff
Maybe you could join a local club, and get to know people, from this, given time, you may find an open door to a shared shoot, you can not fast track trust, it has to be earned.
Although I still walk softly with a big "STICK" I firmly believe the carrot works best,
As above, and you will have to get known and trusted by landowners/farmers or you will not have much chance.
It is vital to have suitable insurance ie BASC, CLA etc.
Be polite and keep trying.
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There is a good club just down the road called woodview
some good lads get there recommended
good place to start
also do you have insurance its a good start
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Sometimes a more indirect route can work i.e ask anyone you know, although friends/acquaintances/neighbours/workmates may not have any land themselves they may have an uncle with a farm or an auntie with stables or a rabbit problem at their footy club ground or something else
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yes i have insurance countryside alliance like i say sent loads of letters ,knocking on doors always polite just always get a blunt no thanks totally understand that a farmer is going to find it difficult to say yes to someone he doesnt no to wander about his land shooting
Go to your local gun shop and become a bit of a regular. Get to know the staff etc...
If you get on they may recommend you to farmers etc that come in asking for pest control advice. This is how I got a couple of permissions.
Also get talking to the other regulars and soon you will be out on their premissions with them.
Appearence and unfortunately age can often work against you.
like to ad that i,m a plasterer so more than happy to do some platestering work in exchange for permission count durham,teesdale,weardale,etc regards geoff