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16 year old hunting

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Eddie6363, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. Eddie6363

    Eddie6363 Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    A friend of mine son is into his air rifle shooting and would like to do a bit more hunting than he does. How likely would you think he is in getting permission on someones land to hunt rabbits, pigeons or rats? He would have all of the necessary documents like insurance and has a decent PCP.
     
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    He'll need Adult supervision.
     
  3. Eddie6363

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    Is that what you think most farmers and landowners will say?
     
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    Persons over the age of 14 but under 18:
    1) No person under the age of 18 may purchase, hire or be given an airgun or ammunition.
    2) A person in this age group may shoot unsupervised on private land with the permission of the landowner but must be supervised by somebody over the age of 21 if in a public place.
    It should be noted that this means that a person aged seventeen and a half who may have a driving licence cannot take an air rifle from home to his club to shoot unless the gun is possessed by somebody over the age of eighteen or the seventeen and a half-year old is supervised by a person over the age of twenty-one.


    So he can shoot with permission but he'll have to be transported by an Adult.
     
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  5. SteveO

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    Hi Eddie,

    If I may, I'd like to ask you a question!

    You are a landowner/farmer, a guy who you don't know knocks on your door and asks if his 16 year old lad can come onto your land and shoot pest species!

    On the land could be anything from very valuable dairy cows, to sheep or crops, farm workers and/or his family/children and other farm animals and perhaps vehicles and buildings.

    What would your honest answer be? Not knocking your question or anything just looking at it from a land owners perspective.
     
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    As above really, I was lucky as I did ask for permission and was granted it, but the farmer was known by my family. Just make sure you stay within the law by having him accompanied by an adult and if he can prove himself sensible then I dont see why he would be refused.

    Atb James
     
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    Eddie6363 Well-Known Member

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    Ok thankyou for the reply's. It sounds as if it will be unlikely he will find any land to shoot on. But his father does know a few farmers. What do you think is the best way to ask a farmer if your son can shoot on their land?
     
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    If his Father knows a lot of farmers then he's in with a much better chance than most I'd say!

    I'd suggest he go with his Father, and suggest that they will both work together if given the opportunity to shoot. That way the farmer will see that the young chap will be supervised, then assuming all goes well, and trust is built, then the Father can perhaps gently remove himself from the supervision and relegate himself to Taxi?

    It will require a bit of legwork at first on the Father's behalf, but most people I think would be sympathetic to the idea of a Father trying to help his son?
     
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    He should also get some insurance, SACS will give him £10,000,000 third party cover for nowt, nothing, nada, buck until he is 18 years old!
     
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    I am not sure the insurance cover would cover illegal shooting - take note that it is the SCOTTISH Association for Country Sports. What are the limitations put on the insurance cover. Even BASC and CA have conditions, they are minimal, but the underwriters would soon withdraw if the shooting was outside the law. Just like your car insurance is null and void if your car isn't taxed.
     

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