deer management

Association of Deer Management Groups elects new chairman

Tom Turnbull has been elected chairman of the Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) at the association’s online AGM held on 23 June. Richard Cooke, the previous chairman, has stepped down after 10 years in the post and, prior to

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The future of deerstalking

Al Gabriel offers a glimpse into the dystopian future of deerstalking. The year is 2051. A deerstalker enters an open field on what used to be the edge of dense woodland in the south-west of England. He operates an unusual

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Deer Management Qualifications Changed

During 2019, Deer Management Qualifications (DMQ) embarked on a review of all qualifications and assessments with a view to ensuring the standards and best practice associated with modern deer management were reflected in the requirements for successful achievement of the

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Are deer management targets achievable without thermals?

In his first column for GTN, Dr Al Gabriel, BASC council member, molecular biologist at Newcastle University and keen deer stalker, wonders whether thermals are really a good thing, and whether he could hit his deer management targets without them.

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CORONAVIRUS: Advice on shooting activities in England

BASC and other rural organisations have updated their advice for shooting, work on shoots and pest control in England following the government’s latest changes to the regulations for fighting Covid-19.  We must stress that these changes have been made in

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New deer management report presents ‘mixed recommendations’

A ‘hardened’ approach is needed for deer population management in Scotland including high cull targets and more rural stalking jobs, a report published in January claims.  The report, published by Scottish Environment LINK, an alliance of organisations involved in land

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Deer Initiative To Finish In 2020

Deer Initiative Ltd (DI Ltd), the executive arm of the Deer Initiative Partnership (DIP), is to cease operating at the end of the current financial year on 31 March 2020, after 24 years of service. The decision to close operations

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