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East Mercia

East Mercia

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The East Mercia Branch meets on the third Thursday of the following months:-
January, February (also AGM), March, April, May, September, October and November at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AH Tel: 01572 724678. Meetings commence at 7.30pm.

Branch contacts

Chairman Hugh Davis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Secretary Ian Pratt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

2017 News

East Mercia BDS - Meeting Thursday 13th April

Members - a reminder that our next meeting is on Thursday the 13th April at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel at 1930hrs.

The speaker will be the local Leicestershire Police Wildlife Crime Officer - PC John Scott, who will be assisted by PC Laurie Appleton.

Please do your utmost to support the evening, as guest speakers do like to be rewarded by more than a couple of faces smiling back at them.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Members who have booked to attend the range day at Epperstone Range on Saturday the 15th April - please remember to be there for a briefing at 0900 with FAC and payment if required.

Looking forward to seeing you there too.

Ian Pratt - Secretary


East Mercia Branch Range Day - Saturday 15th April 2017 - Epperstone, Notts,

Dear Members

The Committee has secured the exclusive use of the Range at Epperstone in Notts for a full day. That day will be Saturday 15th April 2017. Places are limited to 24 shooters.
For a fee of £20 you can bring your rifle(s) to the range and take part in the days activities.
Final details are yet to be confirmed, but in principle we will meet at the range for 0900hrs, undergo range orders briefing and familiarisation with the relevant H + S rules, then begin to shoot in details of 6 at around 1000hrs. We plan to shoot practical details around the BDS advanced shooting test scenarios, with differing distances being shot from differing positions - prone, sticks, highseat etc.
It’s envisaged the day will finish at around 1600hrs.
If we fail to fill the 24 available spaces with East Mercia BDS members, or other Branch BDS members, then it’s possible we may offer the remaining spaces to other affiliated groups - but we must stress that at the moment, this is an official BDS run range day, and is therefore for BDS members only.
We will operate a 'first come first served’ policy on bookings, with members being granted a place once payment has been received. Due to our up front costs, we cannot offer any refunds if you decide you cannot make it for any reason.
Any member who wishes to attend please email me for payment details, and any non East Mercia BDS member who wishes to book please also supply your BDS membership number.

We do have spaces available for non BDS members to attend, but due to regulations, these individuals must be "guests" of a current BDS member. I hope that allows some of you to attend and enjoy the day.

Please don’t forget to bring relevant documentation - no FAC, no shooting !
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Ian Pratt - Sec


Deer census

While counting the deer in your patch may seem to be a tedious exercise, estimating the number of deer is crucial to the development of a cull plan. However, stalkers have been known to underestimate populations by factors of 4 to 16 times! If you are going to attempt a census and cull plan, get a good book, or better still, attend a BDS training course.