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THE BDS SOUTH WEST SCOTLAND BRANCH

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

BRANCH AREA AND COMMITTEE

PostcodeArea
DGDumfries
KAKilmarnock
MLMotherwell

EVENTS

Date

EVENT

Sunday 14th August

Parton Range Day

Sunday 28th August

Scottish Inter Branch Shoot At Blair Atholl

Sunday 25th September

Best Practice Event

See news section below for more details.

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NEWS

Best Practice Event

Sunday 25th September 2022, Millhouse Deer Farm, Lockerbie

The branch is holding an Activity Day at Millhouse Deer Farm, Lockerbie. The day will be divided into two separate sessions and will cover the processes involved in recovering the carcass to putting the meat on the plate.

Gralloching. You will have the opportunity of gralloching a freshly culled carcass under the supervision of AW’s and Assessors. This will be a learning practice, not an examination setting. There will be two vets in attendance for the technical questions. This is hands-on and protective clothing will be available but please wear your outdoor kit.

Butchery. Chilled carcasses will be dressed by a professional butcher who will answer questions as he works. The standard of butchery is amazing. The butcher has promised to give a running commentary as he works. You may fire as many questions as you wish.

The day is intended for those seeking to undergo the rigours of DSC2 or simply for those interested in improving their skill level. Lunch will of course be venison. At the end of the day, we will auction the freshly butchered venison.

Cost BDS members £40. Non-members £50. Numbers will be limited to ensure everyone has a chance to participate.

Contact

Alan Marshall  chairsouthwestscotland@bds.org.uk

Rupert Shaw    info@gledpark.co.uk

2022 Range Days

Our final range day before the Scottish Inter Branch Shoot (SIBS) takes place at Parton range on Sunday 14th August.   Parton range is a great venue to assess your shooting skills, learn from others,  zero your rifle, try out new loads, and pit yourself against some of the best shots in the branch. 

Andy Craig and George Miller will be in charge.  We need six members to compete in the SIBS and are currently short by one.   Please attend the range day and if possible put your name forward for the Scottish Inter Branch Shoot!

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

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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