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Branch information and events

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



Please note that branch events may not be going ahead due to Covid-19 pandemic. See news below for more information.

Range Day contact

Ian Davidson 07769 345109

Branch contacts

Chairman Alistair Monkman
Secretary Cathy Mayne  

Branch Areas

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


Stalking on Jahama Estates

Jahama Highland Estates have offered a limited number of discounted days to local stalkers who have their own deer-legal rifles and who might like to experience an Estate that was previously oversubscribed.  It is part of the Estate’s new management strategy to foster strong links between local people and the landscape, with sustainable hunting being an important way of achieving this. 

In order to avoid longer distance journeys and the need for overnight accommodation, the Estate would like to extend the invitation to those living within around a one hour’s drive of the three Estate bases.  These bases are located at Glenshero near Newtonmore; Killiechonate near Fort William; and Mamore near Kinlochleven. 

The Estate would warmly welcome interest from BDS members who live relatively locally to the Estate and, if this might be of interest, please email  to confirm further details and so that they can enter their names into the Estate’s ballot by the closing date of 1 August.  After this date, a random anonymised system will allocate days to keep the system fair for all applicants.


Reluctantly, but responsibly and in line with the guidance from HQ, we have decided to cancel all Range activities for the rest of 2020.  This has been a very difficult decision to reach, with much soul-searching by your Committee, but reflects the precautionary approach which we feel the COVID-19 threat merits.  This includes what you know as the SIBS, which Scottish Council has rebranded the Scottish Exhibition Shoot or SES.  Bear with us on this, it's a necessary change.

Moy Fair is cancelled for 2020, as you might expect, though the Scottish Game Fair has the intention of running at Scone from 2-4 October 2020.

We still plan to run the DSC1 course at Altyre in September, on the 18th. Time will tell whether this can take place but for the time being we are keeping it in the diary.  

Our November Talking Stalking event is under review.  Again, your Committee has found it difficult to decide whether to plan for this or not.  However, rather than cancelling outright, we eventually decided that it would be better to go for a wait-and-see approach without putting too much effort into planning which might well be wasted.  If it is safe to run, then we will aim to do precisely that.  More information on a firm decision, along with any other relevant details, nearer the time.

Training & Stalker Development

We are keen to encourage new member stalkers & to nurture their progress to encourage best practice. The branch has some generous members who will mentor beginners.

Please contact our Chairman Alistair Monkman who can facilitate this.

Additionally, there are opportunities for Stalking at Altyre for BDS members. 

BDS and Altyre Estate are pleased to announce the launch of 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

Email addresses

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