We have had a great response to the event planned at Drumlanrig on 27/28 October, but can still take more. Our aim is to accommodate as many folks as want to come along. We have included practical content in all the sessions.
IT IS ALL FREE!
This is a great opportunity to spend a day with some of the most knowledgeable people in our sphere of interest:
One of the leading world experts on roe deer management.Many stalkers know Ronald, having taken their DSC Level 1 with him. Ronald's knowledge of roe deer is second to none. For many years Ronald and his father (also Ronald) have managed one of the largest forests in Scotland. Their work on forestry management now forms the blueprint for the planting of forests throughout the UK and Europe. Ronald will front the Planning session of WDBP.
Jim Govan is a Forensic Pathologist with expertise in ballistics, and advises Scottish police forces on firearms issues. His presentations are a highlight of Best Practice Demonstration Events. Jim's presentation will form an integral part of the WDBP, Welfare session.
Through Precision Rifle Services Ltd., Callum has become accepted as one of the most knowledgeable people in the UK with respect to rifle/ammunition performance and makes a major contribution to the Firearms session.
Registration Form for WDBP event at Drumlanrig on 27/28 October now available on web site, click on: www.bestpracticeguides.org.uk/
Details of sessions below.
Wild Deer Best Practice Officer
SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE
WILD DEER BEST PRACTICE EVENT1. Effective Stalking Through Better Planning.
DRUMLANRIG CASTLE, THORNHILL, DUMFRIESSHIRE
27, 28, OCTOBER 2010
SUSTAINABLE DEER MANAGEMENT
(Free of Charge. Registration Necessary,
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. 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?
3. Rifle Shooting – how capable are you? (practical).
Calibres for woodland stalking
Care of equipment
Practical rifle shooting – 50m, 100m, 300m.
4. Deer Behaviour and 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
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
· Risk Assessment
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