SCOTTISH NATURAL HERITAGE
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WILD DEER BEST PRACTICE EVENT
DRUMLANRIGCASTLE, THORNHILL, DUMFRIESSHIRE
27, 28, OCTOBER 2010
(This Event is free of charge, including lunch)
SUSTAINABLE DEER MANAGEMENT
Best Practice principles for the Recreational Stalker.
1. Effective Stalking Through Better Planning.

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
· Male/Female
· Selective feeding
· Soil and food types

Movement of deer:
· Creating movement
· Cull sites
· Access

Effect of disturbance/stalking pressure

3. Meeting Your Responsibilities.

Welfare and Responsibility - what is required?

Deer Health:
· Recognising ill-health
· Carcass Inspection
· Notifiable Diseases


Welfare:
· Culling – shot placement; time to death
· Bullet/calibre choice
· Ballistics and signs/follow up
· Dogs for deer (practical)

Meat hygiene:
· Field dressing (practical)
· Extraction
· Larder work (practical)
· What do you do with the venison?

RTA’s

4. Rifle Shooting – how capable are you? (practical).

Accuracy

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

Syndicate Structure
· Lead member
o Communication
o Landowner
o Members
o DMG



DMP objectives:
· Achievement/Action plan

Team Work:
· Individual skills/tasks
· “Greater Whole”

Shared Information:
· Qualifications
· Accommodation
· Targeted, up-to-date, minimise disturbance
· Observations/experiences
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