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    best practice course thornhill

    any thoughts on the course and how it was presented if anyone attended?

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    Good lunch, top drawer butcher and an excellent input from the guy who has the deer farm and also a qualified vet. He should have had longer. An interesting input re planning making you think that deer management is not just about culling. Overall a worthwhile day.

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    Great minds and all that, I've only just put my own thread on to say how much I enjoyed it!

    Novice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    Good lunch, top drawer butcher and an excellent input from the guy who has the deer farm and also a qualified vet. He should have had longer. An interesting input re planning making you think that deer management is not just about culling. Overall a worthwhile day.
    As I've said before on here , if you think it's only about pulling the trigger give it up ,it's about time that everyone looks at Deer Management as just that, deer management, which you and the others that took part in the Best Practice event, are invaluable to the structure of Deer Management I've been to the Highland Best Practice events and Best Practice workshop days , which are also full of valuable information and well worth the time to have a look at to compare the different types of management .

    Big thanks to Mike Cottam and his team for his first Best Practice day well done that man .

    The content of the Best Practice days was delivered by some very knowledgeable people ,where you may think, I'll never have to know about Impact or Habitat assessments until you have to prove to some land agent you or they have a Deer problem ,this is where you can say well I'll show you where the problem lies .

    Personally myself I took in all the sessions over the two days ,I came away with some valuable information for a ongoing project ,which will give me a further selling point when it all comes to fruition.
    Last edited by widows son; 30-10-2010 at 15:45.

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    I really enjoyed my self every thing was there for the novice and if you have been doing it for a while then uyou can pick out points of interest. I did notice a few failing with regards the graloch but that just gose to prove we are all human and should have put a few of the bigginers at ease. Well done Mike it went well and nice to meet the man behind the name. I hope bob didnt scare every one

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    Quote Originally Posted by widows son View Post
    As I've said before on here , if you think it's only about pulling the trigger give it up ,it's about time that everyone looks at Deer Management as just that, deer management, which you and the others that took part in the Best Practice event, are invaluable to the structure of Deer Management I've been to the Highland Best Practice events and Best Practice workshop days , which are also full of valuable information and well worth the time to have a look at to compare the different types of management .

    Big thanks to Mike Cottam and his team for his first Best Practice day well done that man .

    The content of the Best Practice days was delivered by some very knowledgeable people ,where you may think, I'll never have to know about Impact or Habitat assessments until you have to prove to some land agent you or they have a Deer problem ,this is where you can say well I'll show you where the problem lies .

    Personally myself I took in all the sessions over the two days ,I came away with some valuable information for a ongoing project ,which will give me a further selling point when it all comes to fruition.
    Could not have said it better well said that man

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    I'll second that Widow's Son. I was also there for both days and feel that I gained some useful information, and some good contacts too. Some thought provoking discussions came out also from the audience, which was full of equally knowlegdable folk. In all a good 2 days amongst plenty of likeminded people. Many thanks Mike and your team

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    Thoroughly enjoyable with some very knowledgeable people present (not me of course!)

    The butchery demonstration was excellent in particular
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    Thumbs up

    maybe one day i will be able to butcher a deer as fast as he did.....
    Well done to mike and all the team that supported him.
    i will attend the next one.
    what i would say is that i had a dodgy gut that evening so ???? maybe a bad sani as i did have a few ha ha oh and the soup

    f.

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    The day was well thought out and very well organised. All the presenters knew their topics and were able to put it over in a way that got the audience involved. Highlights for me were:-
    • butchery session - if only I could do it like that
    • syndicate session - topic on dealing with RTA's was excellent. I always wondered how I would handle a situation if I got called out to a RTA involving deer and this not only covered how to do it but all of the pitfalls you may encountered on the way.
    • firearms - Callum Fergusson was very good on rifle maintenance and being able to put a bore scope down my barrel to show my own mainetance was up to scratch was a plus
    • Planning - I have done dung counting before as a way of finding out the possible number of deer but the Near Neighbour Method of assessing damage as way of understanding the causes (not always deer but they tend to get the blame) and therefore the number of deer needing to be culled was good.
    Many thanks to Mike and his team for an excellent day. Will definitely attend the next one.

    Mulac

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