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03 December 2018

A BDS membership – an ideal Christmas present

Thinking of what to buy someone interested in deer? Why not treat them to a year's BDS membership for just £62.

BDS membership includes:
• A copy of our quarterly glossy journal, ‘Deer’, packed with interesting articles and information
• Membership of a local BDS branch offering talks, demonstrations, advice and range days
• Use of a rifle on any of our courses held throughout the year
• Regular deer news in our ‘Deerbytes’ e-newsletter (for those who subscribe), our website, Facebook and Twitter
• The chance to join specialist interests such as photography and research
• The chance to participate in regular prize draws and internet auctions
• The option to buy Field Sports Insurance for your own recreational and countryside pursuits

The membership pack can be sent to you to present personally or can be sent directly to the recipient.

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03 December 2018

BDS 2019 Calendar - selling fast!

Exclusive BDS Calendar featuring stunning seasonal images of deer throughout the UK taken by some of our regular photographers in an A3 Wall Calendar.

• Practical, large month-to-view format, with space for important daily appointments
• Seasonal diary dates included
• Spiral bound. 420 x 297mm
• Perfect Christmas present
• £11.95 each including P&P (UK only)

Purchase online or complete and return the application form.


03 December 2018

Increased risk of African Swine Fever being introduced to the UK: Important advice for all hunters

Following a significant increase in the number of cases of ASF, a disease of pigs, in Eastern Europe, and recent western spread to Belgium, the risk of an introduction of this disease to the UK has increased and is causing concern.

Although the disease does not affect humans and there is no food safety risk associated with meat, ASF is a highly contagious and usually fatal viral disease of pigs.

Everyone travelling to the continent for hunting and shooting or similarly organising these activities in the UK needs to take several precautions to reduce the risk of ASF entering the UK.

  pdf View precautions for hunters (146 KB)

  pdf View the letter from the Chief Veterinary Officer UK (192 KB)

12 November 2018

Renewal of MoD Shooters Certification Cards

The National Rifle Association (NRA) have announced that, with effect from 01 Jan 2019, new arrangements for the issue of MoD Shooter Certification Cards (SCCs) to members of affiliated clubs will come into place. All current cards expire on 31 Dec 2018 and will be replaced by photo cards and the BDS will require a £25.00 fee to facilitate these. The new cards will be valid for one year and renewed annually.

All renewal applications for Shooter Certification Cards for 2019 must be received by BDS no later than the 10th December 2018. 

08 November 2018

BDS London dinner auction now live!

You may not be at our London dinner but you can still help the Society by bidding for our online auction lots!

Some fabulous items are up for grabs including some superb stalking, salmon fishing, The Mousetrap theatre box, Magnums of Roederer champagne, delicious wine, charming holiday cottage, optics, sporting goods, amazing art and a stunning collector’s piece of a specially commissioned Emberleaf Garron knife with handle fashioned from 40,000 + year old mammoth tusk and blade of finest Damascus steel.

The lots will be online for 2 weeks closing on 21st November at the dinner itself. SO please do get bidding!

Bid here -

05 November 2018

Five steps motorists should take to avoid deer collisions this autumn

Changes to the clocks mean deer movement will coincide with peak commuting hours, increasing the likelihood of collisions.

Highways England, Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and The Deer Initiative Partnership have joined forces to warn motorists about the heightened risk of deer-vehicle collisions this autumn. They urge drivers to be more aware during this time of year and have issued some advice for motorists.

01 November 2018

Selling fast! Our latest Christmas Card and 2019 Calendar

Christmas Card - Fantastic value from this year’s top quality Christmas Card featuring award-winning artist Justin Prigmore’s powerful and inspirational oil painting of red stags in the winter snow. Packs of 10 with envelopes at £5.95 including P&P

2019 Calendar - Stunning seasonal images of deer throughout the UK taken by some of our regular photographers feature in the A3 Wall Calendar. Practical, large month to view format, with space for important daily appointments. Seasonal diary dates included. Spiral bound. 420 x 297mm. Perfect for presents, our exclusive BDS calendars are  £11.95 each including p&p.


30 October 2018

BDS AGM - 11th/12th May 2019 - Save the date!

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