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Game estates are privately-owned areas of land in the countryside that are opened up for the business of hunting game for sport.
Game includes deer, rabbits, pheasants and other types of bird that live in the wild.
The sport of game-hunting is included as part of the agricultural industry, because the industry is heavily managed and protected, so that the wildlife is conserved whilst also providing food and recreation.
Game estates can vary in size, with some covering hundreds of acres of land in the rural countryside, whilst others may specialise in a certain type of game and are contained within the grounds of a privately-owned property.
Game estates can involve fishing as well as hunting and each estate can be run in its own way.
Due to the diversity of the game and wildlife industry and the different types of game estate, the employment opportunities vary greatly also.
Working in the game and wildlife sector is very seasonal and so job opportunities can fluctuate, and the majority of workers on game estates are volunteers.
Game estates must be well kept, well run, and well stocked with wildlife, and the job positions are usually divided up into this area.
Those employed by game estates are responsible for ensuring that the deer and game are sufficiently stocked for shoots, but also need to promote the conservation of the natural inhabitants.