Branch information and events
Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) Yorkshire branch including events, news, and contacts.
Yorkshire Branch meets on the third Wednesday of each month, except June, July, and August. See below for more information.
Our Autumn season of talks commenced with a highly enjoyable talk on the Jagdschein from Ronnie Christie, the new branch secretary. This focused on the demanding training and commitment required to become an accredited hunter in Germany, coupled with the high expectations and conduct once the qualification is achieved. There was a discussion in depth of the traditions that accompany hunting on the continent and how these are embedded in the local community. Many of the audience were able to empathise, given the opportunities that we have to hunt on the continent. The requirement and necessity for training was emphasised by some highly illustrative videos – other branches may want to call upon Ronnie to make a presentation at a Branch evening.
The focus on training continued with another DSC1 course held at Askham Bryan College. The Shooting competency aspect of the DSC1 takes place on the range at Harewood House Estate.
Harewood Estate Walks
We returned to Harewood House Estate in late October to take a rut walk around the estate for members of the public. This was a very well attended event and I was grateful for the assistance of Ronnie Christie, Ian Donaldson and Robin Ludlow in guiding a very large group around the estate. Again, I am always impressed by the knowledge and skill of branch members when engaging with the public, quite often over difficult issues. No questions were left unanswered.
In contrast, the following day the Branch held an Autumnal walk around the Estate, entitled Rest or Rejuvenation. This had a much wider approach and went beyond the deer and looked at fungi, bats, migratory birds (there were some early fieldfares) and why trees drop their leaves. We are likely to run a similar walk in the spring.
Our Autumn Season ended with a superb evening on the Harewood Estate with Nightmaster looking at the Deer Herds – fallow and red – in the park with the latest night vision equipment.