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26 May 2016

Stalkers Best Practice Charity Evening at Malmo Guns

Lancaster, 6pm Thurs 16th June 2016

Malmo Guns, the largest shooting sports retailer in the North, are holding a Best Practice Charity event for stalkers in conjunction with The Deer Initiative, British Deer Society and British Association for Shooting and Conservation, with the latter again having the highly popular ST-2 simulator on the ‘running boar’ mode. The aim of the event is to provide a forum for, and to promote, deerstalking and all shooting sports in the North of England.

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19 May 2016

BDS Internet Auction Now Live!

The Auction runs from 20th May until 1st June 2016.

Click Here to view the lots on eBay

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Let the bidding commence!

19 May 2016

BDS Internet Charity Auction

BDS Internet Charity Auction – our biggest event yet begins 20th May with over 160 fantastic sporting and general lots including  stalking, grouse, pheasant, duck, wild boar, shooting instruction, fishing, photography, fine dining, paintings, prints, books, getaways,  countryside accessories and lots more!

Support BDS Education and Research - download the  pdf Catalogue (622 KB)  and  pdf Additional Lots (88 KB) or click straight through to eBay from 5pm Friday 20th May when it goes live!

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07 April 2016

Spongiform Encephalopathy found in Reindeer in Norway

A Spongiform Encephalopathy, referred to as Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD, was diagnosed in a free-ranging reindeer from southern Norway in March 2016 by the Norwegian Veterinary Institute who are monitoring the reindeer herd.

It has been confirmed that this case of disease is associated with prion infection. Prions are miss-folded versions of proteins commonly associated with the central nervous system.

pdf DEFRA News Update (379 KB)  07/04/2016

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06 April 2016

BDS 2016 Deer Distribution Survey App

Every five years the British Deer Society plots the current distribution of all six species of deer found in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  Data is collected from various sources, and this year for the first time, BDS will fully engage with members and general public via an internet based recording application designed to record all deer sightings. This easy to use programme asks for observer details, the location of deer seen and drop down menu options to record sex and species. An interactive map can be used to move a pin marker to the location of a sighting and a grid reference is automatically recorded within the programme. For those uncertain of a deer species, the programme contains a visual help guide showing various images of the six species of deer.

To participate and go direct to the survey site -

24 March 2016

British Deer Society AGM Weekend

Society AGM Weekend 14th/15th May 2016

This year’s AGM weekend will be hosted by Yorkshire Branch and  in the heart of Yorkshire and will be based at Harrogate and Harewood House. There will be an opportunity to visit Harewood on the Saturday prior to the AGM on the Sunday.  Harewood will capture your imagination with both the majesty of the building and the grandeur of the grounds.  It’s a site overflowing with culture and heritage.

25 February 2016

Research Funding Requests

BDS is inviting qualified researchers to submit projects for consideration for full or partial funding.

18 February 2016

Notifiable diseases

As we near the end of the busy culling season it is worth remembering our duties with regard to properly preparing and inspecting the carcasses of the deer we cull.