SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE
WILD DEER BEST PRACTICE DEMONSTRATION EVENT 2011.
(Co-sponsored by SNH and CairngormsNational Park Authority)
The 2011 Event will be held at BalmoralCastle, by Ballater, on 26th and 27th
October, with 28th October reserved for Colleges. Registration Form is available
on the WDBP website (www.bestpracticeguides.org.uk).
Feedback from Drumlanrig and previous events indicated a desire for more time
to become involved in the session content, with maximum practical experience.
The session timings for Balmoral have been doubled to half-day, with new
delivery and maximum involvement of participants.
Event Theme: DEVELOPING SKILLS AND ADDING VALUE
1. Lardering - Carcass Inspection – Basic Hygiene – How the shooting,
lardering and butchery processes affect the eating quality of venison –
Butchery Demo – Practical Butchering Exercise (teams of 2) – Tasting the
result (young/old; bruised/not bruised; over cooked)
2. Deer Population Assessment and Cull Planning (practical).
3. Habitat Impact Assessment and Deer Management Plan development
4. Ballistics and Bullet Performance – (Callum Ferguson and Jim Govan) –
Down range accuracy and terminal ballistics – Bullet design and factors
influencing controlled expansion – The balance between penetration and
tissue destruction - Bullet design for the target species – non-lead
alternatives – Ballistic gelatine and ballistic soap for visual confirmation.
5. Practical Rifle Skills – How to improve accuracy at normal range -
collaborative exercise with multiple shooting opportunities for candidates
interspersed by teaching of shooting techniques - theory, coaching, mutual
assessment in pairs - comparison and open discussion of matters