SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE
WILD DEER BEST PRACTICE EVENT
DRUMLANRIGCASTLE, THORNHILL, DUMFRIESSHIRE
(This Event is free of charge, including lunch)
SUSTAINABLE DEER MANAGEMENT
1. Effective Stalking Through Better Planning.
Best Practice principles for the Recreational Stalker.
Importance/benefits of developing a Deer Management Plan (DMP), and links to SDM process
Information in DMP
Setting deer management objectives in DMP
Measuring if deer management objectives are being achieved:
· Nearest Neighbour Damage Assessment Method (NND) (practical)
· Understanding the NND results and changing /reacting to them (time/infrastructure)
· Reporting NND results – who should know?
· How would deer use this ground? (practical)
2. Deer Behaviour -- Improving Stalking Efficiency.
Impact of social/territorial behaviour and food requirements:
· Time of year
· Selective feeding
· Soil and food types
Movement of deer:
· Creating movement
· Cull sites
Effect of disturbance/stalking pressure
3. Meeting Your Responsibilities.
Welfare and Responsibility - what is required?
· Recognising ill-health
· Carcass Inspection
· Notifiable Diseases
· Culling – shot placement; time to death
· Bullet/calibre choice
· Ballistics and signs/follow up
· Dogs for deer (practical)
· Field dressing (practical)
· Larder work (practical)
· What do you do with the venison?
4. Rifle Shooting – how capable are you? (practical).
Calibres for woodland stalking
Care of equipment
Practical rifle shooting – prone; kneeling/seated; standing
5. Running an Effective Syndicate
What does the lease say?
· Controllers to prevent impact? (crop protection)
· Authorisations – Lessee and syndicate members?
· Out of Season
· Fit & Competent Register
Importance of time on the ground:
· Total time on the ground
· Match time on the ground to behaviour of target species
· “Collecting land”; stalking effort; hours per deer
Areas of high public use
· Lead member
· Achievement/Action plan
· Individual skills/tasks
· “Greater Whole”
· Targeted, up-to-date, minimise disturbance