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Thread: Wild deer best practice demo event 2011

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    Wild deer best practice demo 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 (

    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.


    Session Content:
    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
    arising/relevant issues.


    Mike Cottam
    WDBP Officer

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    Don't forget guys this is all free of charge, including your lunch!!

    Look forward to seeing you.



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    Mike, will there be another held lower down the country at a later date? We attended last year and would again but it it a 5 1/2 drive for me

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    Big Yan,
    Sorry for delay in reply, been in Norway on deer related business (not at Scottish tax payer's expense!).

    There will not be another demo event similar to this during 2011, as to 2012 depends on Government expenditure cut backs.

    SNH may hold one-day events further south later this year to address specific topics.

    We were approached to help with a potential event at Keilder organised by Deer Initiative but don'thave any further details, you need to contact DI.


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    Enjoy the Creag Meagaidh Venison everyone!

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