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THE BDS EAST ANGLIA BRANCH

Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) East Anglia branch including events, contacts, and news.

Branch AREA and committee

ChairSteven Houghtonchaireastanglia@bds.org.uk
SecretaryMark Thackstoneeastanglia@bds.org.uk
Postcode Area 
AL St Albans 
CB Cambridge
CM Chelmsford
CO Colchester
E London
EC London
EN Enfield
HP Hemel Hempstead
IG Ilford
IP Ipswich
LU Luton
MK Milton Keynes
N London
NR Norwich
RM Romford
SG Stevenage
SS Southend-on-Sea

EVENTS

Date

EVENT

12 August (Friday)

Range Days (at Euston) BOOKING IN ADVANCE REQUIRED

10 September

Range Days (at Euston)

The range will be available all day, from 09.00 until 16.00, but if possible please book in by 12.00; the cost per person will be £20.00. See below for more details.

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NEWS

Range Days

The next training day for 2022 will be on FRIDAY 12th August at the range on the Euston Estate, near Thetford in Norfolk.  

Please note this is a special training event

As an advance notice, the booking into the 12 August range day will be mandatory as we are holding a stalkers training and development day and numbers will be limited.  

Dates of Range Days for the rest of the year are:

  • 10 September 

Mark Thackstone, BDS Branch Secretary, eastanglia@bds.org.uk

Steve Houghton, BDS Branch Chair, chaireastanglia@bds.org.uk

Reeves Muntjac deer close up in Norfolk England

SPECIAL NOTICE – AUGUST RANGE DAY

A special event 12 August 2022 At Euston Range
(This replaces the usual range event)

Please note there shall be no opportunity to shoot on the range unless you are booked onto the training event.

STALKER TRAINING/IMPROVER DAY £50

This represents a fantastic opportunity for stalkers of all experiences and abilities to develop their shooting skills. Multiple experienced instructors shall provide dedicated support across a range of positions and objectives – all based around the recognised DSC1 walked up scenarios.

Results will be scored at the start of the day and then again at the end of the day, in order to measure the development and improvement achieved.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 16 stalkers on the day in order to ensure that all attending receive adequate guidance and support. The day will not be rushed and provides a high-value learning and development opportunity.

The total cost (including breakfast and tea/coffee throughout the day) is £50, 50% of which is required as a deposit to secure your place.

The structure of the day shall be as follows:

  • Arrival, introductions, bacon rolls and tea/coffee
  • 6 shot DSC1 style walked up – scored and forming a baseline for development
  • Trained Section
    • At 100m
      • 10 shots from prone position
      • 10 shots from sitting position
      • 10 shots from kneeling position
      • 10 shots from standing position
    • At 20m
      • 5 shots at ‘dispatch’ target
  • 6 shot DSC1 style walked up – scored and compared to baseline
  • Debrief

Important Notes:-

  • All stalkers must arrive with a zeroed rifle/scope
  • Stalkers need to bring their own hearing protection, bipods, sticks and any other equipment they desire for the positions covered
  • 60 bullets shall be required to complete the day’s shooting
  • This should be considered a full day’s activity
  • All stalkers need to be fully paid up BDS members
  • All shooting shall be RCO supervised at all times (with separate dedicated instructors)

To book your place, please email the secretary, Mark Thackstone at eastanglia@bds.org.uk

adult roe buck

Stay in touch

If your contact information has changed please make sure to let us know.  To update your details simply email membership@bds.org.uk or call 01425 655434.

Latest News

roe deer at sunrise in a misty winter forest Norfolk by Simon Bratt

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