What do gamekeepers do?

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  1. One here in Wales today was using a rifle on feeding corvids, mixed Rooks, Crows, Jackdaws with the odd Raven. All unnecessary he his a bloody pheasant keeper.

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  2. Just shows what a great effect Wild Justice is having. It’s legal challenges are reverberating through many aspects of better protection for our wildlife. Tremendous. It is a terrific organisation driving out the Victorian attitudes to wildlife which still persist in so many areas, especially in this Westminster Government and its supporters.

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  3. Whilst accepting the non- native argument, it seems unfair that a moorland keeper can remove Carrion Crows to assist in creating grossly un-natural densities of Red Grouse, yet a genuine wild bird Pheasant shoot, with associated conservation benefits, is denied the privilege.
    I suppose a few Grey Partridge could 'appear' to get round it that way.

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    1. As a matter of interest how many of the birds shot on your shoot are actually eaten? By humans that is.
      I ask because it really does seem to me that the way forward for shooting is for it to embrace ‘shooting for the pot’ and not just for fun! Nobody in the shooting world can argue the merits of burying or incinerating the carcasses of thousands of shot birds and the zillions of non-native birds reared far outweigh any requirement for protection from predators by so-called ‘gamekeepers’. A dramatic reduction in the the numbers released, eating what you shoot, using non-toxic shot and stopping the slaughter of any creature the shooting world considers ‘vermin’ might perhaps save what used to be a country pastime which has evolved into the present hideous killing industry no civilised society should tolerate.

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  4. Everything not consumed locally is collected by reputable dealers, a certain amount being returned, processed, for sale in the farm shop.
    It is a nice thought, turning the clock back to the days when everyone hunted for their own families consumption, if they ever really existed ( market gunners etc),but it is a different world
    now. Neither the countryside or peoples lifestyles , to say nothing of estate economics, are
    conducive to such a change.
    However, things cannot carry on as they are, and the shooting organisations know this.

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