Branch information and events
|26 March||Branch AGM, Ardtornish House, Ardtornish Estate, PA805UZ, 11am|
|29-30 Apr||Deer Stalking Fair - The Black Isle Showground, Muir of Ord|
|30 Apr||Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club|
|6 May||Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club|
|28 May||Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club|
|3 June||Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club|
|2 July||Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club|
|23 July||Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club|
|3 Sept||Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club|
|29 Oct||Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club|
|4 Nov||Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club|
|5 Nov||"Talking Stalking" - Strathconon Community Hall|
Range Day contact
Shows attended this year
This year Highlands Branch has manned a display stand at the Deer Stalking Fair, which came to the Black Isle Showground, and also we had our usual presence at the Moy Field Sports Fair. At both these events, raffles & secret bid auctions raised valuable funds which will support our Branch activities through the year. Many thanks to those generous members who contribute time to man these events & also to those who make the donations of valuable prizes.
Range days at the Cawdor are well supported by members & are as always enjoyable, with welcome new faces attending.
This year forestry work (clear felling) around the range has made the shooting more interesting & challenging due to the wind. - Not a bad thing!
The move towards more "field shooting" training & practice is proving useful, especially as we are tending to move back to 300 yards on occasion, which helps training for bullet drop & wind compensation.
Highlands put forward a team of shooters to participate in the annual Scottish Inter Branch Shoot at Blair Athol in August. We were close runners up to South West branch. And congratulations to them on a very good team effort. Thanks to Central branch for hosting a most enjoyable day. Highlands branch team was : Roland McMeeken, Andrew Yool, Charlie Rose, Simon Jackson, Rick Connolly & Ron Taylor.
We have two remaining range days this year - 29th October & 4th November.
The Altyre estate has kindly agreed to support members who are new to stalking & those working towards DSC1 & DSC2 qualifications. The costs will be kept low to help candidates complete the qualifications in an affordable manner. Stalking would be accompanied by estate people.
For more details please contact Alistair Monkman.
Autumn Meeting - "Talking Stalking"
Strathconon Community Hall 5th November. Details to follow.
Branch AGM 2017 - 11am, Sunday 26th March 2017
Ardtornish Estate, Morvern have very kindly agreed to host the 2017 Highlands Branch AGM. The AGM will, as usual, be followed by a brief overview of deer management on the estate followed by an opportunity to view deer on this wonderful ground overlooking Loch Linnhe and Mull. For more details on Ardtornish, see www.ardtornish.co.uk
Location - Ardtornish House, Ardtornish Estate, PA805UZ
Directions - pdf See map here. (440 KB) Follow the BDS signs to Ardtornish House and park in front of the house. The meeting will be in the Main Hall.
The current Committee have all advised of their intention to stand for re-election. Any additional AGM agenda item plus any member who wishes to stand for election is invited to submit his name (plus proposer & seconder) formally in writing to Ian Sugden (Secretary) by 5 Mar 17. The draft agenda is as follows:
Simon Jackson (Treasurer’s report)
Ian Davidson (Rifle shooting)
Ian Sugden (Secretary’s report)
Alistair Monkman (Chairman’s report)
Committee stand down
Election of new Committee
Introduction to Ardtornish: Alan Kennedy, Estate Manager
Deer Management at Ardtornish: Simon Boult, Estate stalker
Deer Stalking Fair 2017
Location - The Black Isle Showground, Muir of Ord 29th & 30th April
Highlands Branch will have a stand at the show which has previously been held at Kelso. A dedicated show for the deer stalking community & a great opportunity to meet up & maybe buy more toys! Our trophy head measuring service will be operational on both days.
Rifle Shooting at Cawdor
We now have nine BDS Range Conducting Officers active within the Branch & there is a rota agreed to ensure full coverage on shoot days.
Shoot Dates for 2017: (setup & range brief from 09.00 a.m.)
Sunday 30th April, Saturday 6th May, Sunday 28th May, Saturday 3rd June, Sunday 2nd July, Sunday 23rd July, Sunday 3rd September, Sunday 29th October, Saturday 4th November.
Deer Print Raffle 2017
Highlands Branch member & artist Justin Prigmore has kindly donated a framed print for Branch fund raising of his painting titled
It is a Giclee Limited Edition framed paper print. Framed size 30 x 42 inches.
Tickets will be on sale at our Branch AGM Ardtornish, The Deerstalking Fair & at the Moy Field Sports Fair.
The draw will be held on the Sunday p.m. at Moy.
We do not send the newsletters by post anymore. It is too costly and some members must be missing out, so please send your email address to HQ or Ian the secretary.