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Big Phil

Landowners, how do you like to be approached for permission?

I lost all my permissions when I moved from Yorkshire to Scotland and back.
Now I need to start over. Last time I had to spend long hours in the pub talking to the gentlemen there and following leads and such. To long, labourious and costly.

How do you land owners like to be approached by chaps seeking permission?

I was thinking a letter on quality paper, in a nice envelope, delivered by me in my work clothes (shirt, tie and smart trousers) maybe with my CRB and reference from guns / game keepers?

Any suggestions?
bodger

The long hard way Phil but I tell you how I got a lot of my permission.
I ran a small pest control business when the kids were young and a lot of my work was using stricknene on moles. The farmers were more than happy to let me have the rabbiting on their land once they got to know me through the mole catching.
Stricknene is on the banned list now and with its demise many of the farmers are absolutely desperate. It certainly could be a way to get your foot in the door.
Big Phil

What are the modern controls for moles?
bodger

The banned method did the vast majority of mole control on the farms but overnight, the only methods left are Phostoxin and trapping.
Jonty

Hi Phil,

I'm no expert by any means but one of my permissions is in return for mole catching.  If you can get to grips (no pun intended) with the trapping technique it can be a useful trade off.  I put an ad in the local farm suppplies and got a small permission from there, and then someone I knew passed my details on to a local farmer who snapped my hand off for  a spot of trapping in exchange for some shooting.

I think it's good to give the landowner a tangible result - many shooters are convinced that they are doing the farmer a favour by shooting the odd bunny on his land every two weeks when it fits in with their days off and school holidays etc, but if you provide a genuine service, then you will be appreciated for it.  I work on the principle that my dog needs a good walk every day so once every week or two, he gets walked on that farm and I take a few traps with me and everyone's happy.
bodger

There's no doubt about it, at the moment farmers are desperate to get rid of moles. Now that strychnine has been banned, mole control using traps is all they have. By comparison to strychnine, trapping is very labour intensive and of course comes at a higher price. Just like everyone else, farmers love a bargain that saves them money.
Big Phil

I will do some research into mole trapping.
Thank you.
Eschra

Big Phil wrote:
I will do some research into mole trapping.
Thank you.


Big Phil, mouldywarp on here is I believe has involvement in the Lantra training for mole trapping, as he was on the British Traditional Molecatchers Register stand this year at the Great Yorkshire Show when we met up with him.

I don't know how often he's on OTG but a PM to him and he might be able to point you to some useful information  
Snozzer

Believe it or not asking at just the right moment is the most succesful

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