The modern hunter is not a trophy hunter, neither a recreational glory hunter. Today’s hunter is knowledgeable, strategic and resourceful. They are aware of the seasons, conditions and safety required to carry out an executed finish. And despite being able to access venison without a hunt, the ‘live to eat mentality’ has drawn out a passion and romance from this hunter to source the meal from beginning to end.
Andy (McLeish) of Chapter One was kind enough to pick me up in very dark foggy conditions from a station in Kent so we could get to the deer park for a full day of hunting. And yes, it does need a full day and much like those that have the patience required for fishing, the same long hours are required for the best results. Despite the comparison to the everyday angler, there are no cold beers, loud banter and bloodworms. Hunting deer requires poise, nous, experience and a very steady hand.
The Garden of England plays host to Chart Farm, which was more accurately described by owner and manager Seb Peterson as a ‘Deer Park’. A 400-acre, lush, natural, wild and sustainable home to over 1200 head of deer in 3 different varieties.