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

Branch Area and committee


ChairmanDr James Vestey
Vice-ChairsRoger Knight and Al Monkman 


Marion Yool, Andrew Yool, Al Monkman, Roger Knight, David Allison, James May and Linzi Sievwright

Postcode Area
HS Western Isles
IV Inverness
KW Kirkwall
PA Paisley
PH19 – PH50 Perth
ZE Lerwick




5th - 6th August

Moy Fair

12th - 14th August

BDS DSC 1, Altyre

21st August

Cawdor Range – team selection

28th August

Inter Branch Match, Blair Athol

11th September

Cawdor Range - practice

30th October

Cawdor Range - practice

5th November

Cawdor Range – Winter Shoot

Please see below for more details in the news section.


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Following the relaxation of Covid restrictions, Cawdor Range is now fully open to BDS members (and guests by arrangement) for the 2022 Season.

The Range is located at Glengeoullie 11/2 miles SE of Cawdor Castle (O.S. map ref: NH 857 477)

The range provides firing points at 100 and 200 yards and only fullbore stalking rifles with deer-legal calibre / bullet weight and muzzle velocity not exceeding 1,000 m/s (3,275 fps) may be used.

The use of any available stalking aids to improve accuracy from a variety of shooting positions under field conditions, such as bipods and combination sticks, is encouraged.

In addition to basic zeroing targets, black deer silhouette targets (approx. roe doe size) with no visible aiming mark are used to help achieve optimum bullet placement.

The programme for range days is as follows:

  • May 1                         Sunday          practice
  • May 7                         Saturday       Spring Competition
  • May 29                       Sunday          practice
  • June 4                       Saturday       Summer Competition
  • June 10                      Sunday          practice – team selection
  • August 21                  Sunday          practice – team selection
  • August 28               Sunday         Interbranch Shoot – Blair Athol
  • September 11           Sunday          practice
  • October 30                Sunday          practice
  • November   5           Saturday       Winter Competition

Shooting starts prompt at 10.00am; range preparation – 9.30

  1. the range will be opened up well in advance by an NRA Range Conducting/Safety Officer who will need at least 4 volunteers to help set up flags, targets, etc., and a similar number need to stay behind after shooting is over to help tidy up and close down the range.

You will be invited to add your name and contact number to a list of volunteers from which a rota of helpers can be drawn up for future range days.

Before anyone is allowed to shoot they must produce their BDS membership card and Firearm Certificate, and sign the Range Register.  The RCO/RSO in charge will then read out a Safety Brief which all firers will be required to follow to the letter.

Preferential Rates for BDS Members

Altyre Estate are pleased to announce preferential rates for BDS members who wish to stalk Scottish woodland roe deer at Altyre Estate in Moray. Primarily aimed at those wishing to undertake DSC2 training and/or assessment, the estate can offer accompanied stalks for cull roebucks and does with the estate stalker (Approved Witness) at a flat rate of £85 inc VAT per outing.

For more details, please contact the Altyre Estate office directly on 01309 672265 or by email at

young red deer in Scotland by grafxart

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

BDS Response to the Defra Consultation on Proposed Deer Management Strategy

The British Deer Society (BDS) has reviewed in detail the consultation on proposed deer management published by Defra on the 4th of August 2022. Whilst we welcome the consultation in general terms, and in particular the intent to develop a wider market for venison, we have serious concerns about some of the proposals.

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