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


ChairRyan Brentnall
Vice-ChairGary Elliott
TreasurerDom Moore
SecretarySharif Adams
PresidentRosemary Bethell

Additional committee members:

  • Rob Durrant
  • Paul Messenger
  • Carmen Hocking
  • Martin Lamb
  • Simon Robinson
  • David Wallett
BA1 – BA11Bath
BA20 – BA22Bath




30th July 2022 11 am

Talking Stalking Event and BBQ

25th September 2022 9 am

Range Day

More details on our events can be found in the news section below.


No upcoming events, please check back soon.


Talking Stalking Event and BBQ

Saturday 30th July 2022 from 11 am
The Countryman, Crediton Road, Okehampton. EX20 2SA 

The day is designed to give stalkers an insight into current issues facing stalkers, license issues, the use and oncoming legislation regarding non-lead bullets, not just for game.

Our friends from the UK DTR will be providing information on what to do when a shot goes wrong, valuable information for any deer manager. They may put on a demo if time permits. We will be discussing wildlife crime and how to best report it. 

The Barbecue Shack will be running classes on how to transform your deer into various venison cuts, burgers and sausages ably assisted by our own Rob Durrant and even more importantly how to cook it! There will be venison to sample, sausages, burgers and some low and slow-cooked joints too.

It promises to be an interesting day with guest speakers and committee members sharing information with the local stalking community and will hopefully turn into a fun, informative and annual event for South West deer managers. 

To register an interest in this event and to receive updates send an email to 

roe buck scent marking in spring by PJ

Range Day – Southpoint Range, Bodmin Moor

Sunday 25th September 2022 9 am-4 pm

We have organised a day which we hope will be both fun and informal, while also being educational and an opportunity to develop your marksmanship capabilities. Most deer stalkers in the UK practice shooting out to around 100 meters, which doesn’t account for those times when an injured deer might run on and require a follow-up shot at extended ranges. Practising at 100 meters doesn’t prepare us for taking a humane dispatch shot at close range either.

Targets will be set up in the valley at various distances out to 520 meters, allowing us to test our capabilities of shooting accurately from sticks as would be the case during most stalking scenarios. 

It goes without saying that we are not suggesting deer should be shot at extended ranges beyond the shooter’s capabilities – only that a follow-up shot at an injured deer about to escape might demand such action to be taken, assuming the shot is safe.

Having the opportunity to experience shooting at further distances will hopefully help us to know our limitations in this regard.

We have a strict limit of just twenty places for this day for shooters which will be taken on a first come first served basis, so please don’t delay in booking your place if you want to join us. 

We will have a stand selling merchandise, knives, gambrels, tags etc.

Warm and waterproof clothing is a must for shooters as we will be outside on the open moor for the duration of the day. There will be an indoor space if the weather turns bad and there are facilities, toilets etc on site.

The cost of the day is £45 for South West members and £50 for non-members.

Payment in full by BACS is required in advance and is non-refundable unless the weather is so bad that we are unable to proceed with the day.

Vehicles can be parked close to the shooting area, so snacks, flasks, extra clothes etc can be left in vehicles and accessed easily. The track is only really suitable for 4WD vehicles.

Southpoint Range has specified the following;

  • Open Certificates only.
  • No under 18’s.
  • Copies of fac’s prior to the event if possible. 
  • Shooters must have their own shooting insurance.

Please note: Dogs can NOT be left in vehicles so please leave dogs at home.


To book please email including how many people you want to book for. I will then forward you our Branch bank account details so you can transfer the payment.

If you have paid for the previous range day and would like to attend this one please mention this when booking.


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


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.

Revised Wild Game Guidance

Publication of Revised Wild Game Guidance

The revised Wild Game Guidance (WGG) has been published on 25th July 2022. Revision of the content post-consultation (working in collaboration with FSA England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Food Standards Scotland), has resulted in a robust review on the WGG for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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