DEER STALKING

George Wallace

The Deer Act says that you will not commit an offence by going on to someone else?s land to retrieve a deer or to shoot it to end its suffering, provided that you shot it lawfully and provided that you have reason to believe that the landowner would have given his consent, had it been possible to ask him.

The problem is that unscrupulous stalkers can use this to poach deer across the boundary so it can cause a great deal of ill-feeling.

There is also the slight difficulty that the carcass then rightfully belongs to the owner of the land upon which it fell, which can cause even more ill-feeling, on both sides.

The best advice, if you don?t have a working arrangement with your neighbour, is to avoid shooting a deer close to the boundary.

If unaware of danger, and properly shot, a deer may well drop on the spot; but you must always allow for it to run after the shot, particularly if it has been alerted.