In partnership with a project in West Norfolk and The Crown Estate Windsor, the British Deer Society is able to offer training and mentoring opportunities for BDS Members who are holders of a Deer Stalking Certificate 1 to gain one-to-one practical experience in key aspects of deer stalking. These will include where possible, an opportunity under direct supervision to stalk and shoot deer, gralloch and transport deer, and leave deer in coat in a condition fit to enter the human food chain.
For a fee of £300.00, a participant will have two outings with a professional BDS training instructor who will guide them through all aspects of stalking and dealing with a carcass after the shot. Participants will be shown how to carry out specific procedures, which they will be encouraged to attempt themselves. For those without their own rifles, one may be borrowed from the instructor under the terms of section 11A Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988. The cost does not include accommodation, meals or travel.
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Swinley Forest, Windsor
Wild Ken Hill, West Norfolk
1 to 2 years
2 to 5 years
5 to 10 years
10 years plus
Applicants must agree to the following terms and conditions:
1) The applicant will when booking, pay the full cost of attendance at the rate prevailing at that time
2) Cancelled bookings will be subject to the following fees being paid: Cancellations between 30 -59 days prior to the start of the event will forfeit 50% of the fee and less than 30 days no refund will be given. In the case of non-attendance (except in unusual circumstances) no refund will be given.
3) All activities conducted in West Norfolk or Swinley Forest or on any part of The Crown Estate property used in connection with the scheme will be done under the close supervision of an appointed British Deer Society (BDS) instructor
4)An applicant must produce for inspection to the scheme instructor, a valid Firearm Certificate (unless stalking under section 11A below), and proof of current BDS membership
5) If an applicant’s own rifle is used, it together with ammunition must be legal for the deer species stalked.
6) If an applicant wishes to borrow a rifle from the instructor under the terms of section 11A of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988, they must be over the age of 18 and sign a section 21 declaration stating they are not a prohibited person from being in possession of a firearm.
7) All applicants will be required to check zero of the rifle at the commencement of the scheme to the satisfaction of the instructor.
8) Failure to meet the zeroing requirement will preclude that person from shooting deer. Training may continue with any deer being shot by the instructor.
9) The training scheme will entail two outings to be arranged between the applicant and the instructor
10) Any deer to be stalked and/or shot will be decided by the BDS trainer.
11) Deer shot within Swinley Forest will remain the property of The Estate and will be stored in the estate larder appropriately.
12) Roe, Muntjac and Water Deer shot within the location in West Norfolk can be retained by the applicant at no extra charge. Fallow & Red Deer can be purchased by the applicant at the prevailing going rate.
13) Badly shot deer rendering the carcase in whole or in part un-saleable will be charged to the applicant at the prevailing market rate.
14) The applicant will not associate any photograph, video or other documentation used in the public domain including postings on social media with deer stalking activity on the location in West Norfolk or The Crown Estate.
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