We would like to introduce you all to a fabulous resource, of particular interest to the deer stalkers amongst you, the County Deer Stalking online magazine.
The magazine is very well put together and is full of information to the benefit of novice and seasoned stalker alike. Within the online pages you will find rifle reviews, in-depth discussions on the best calibre for deer stalking and information on UK law as it relates to deer stalking.
In addition to their website County Deer Stalking also have a Facebook page and are on Twitter. Please do us a favor and give their page a ‘Like’, it deserves many more likes than it currently has we are sure you’ll agree.
We have produced a “Land Authority Form” which you may use for confirming, in writing, the details of your shooting permission. We recommend that you carry a copy of the signed form with you when out shooting, perhaps as a scan or photograph on your mobile phone.
The form may be used to provide evidence of “good reason” during Shotgun/Firearms Certificate grants and renewals. For those on their first Firearms Certificate the form may also be used to notify your local Firearms Licensing Department of new shooting permission obtained. N.B. This should be done prior to you shooting on the new permission.
Firearms UK agrees with and supports the overall content of the document; Deer Management on the National Forest Estate – Current Practice and Future Directions [Draft 20.03.2013] but have concerns for the impact on recreational stalkers.
Whilst we appreciate that the FES permits recreational stalking on the NFE, Firearms UK would prefer that access to shooting opportunities were made more available. Stalkers must carry out shooting in a safe, responsible manner and reduce any undue suffering to the quarry; however the requirement for formal DSC2 qualifications we feel unfairly restricts stalkers who are suitably qualified through experience gained. In addition the cost, both in time and financially of obtaining DSC qualification may also be prohibitive and unfairly disadvantages those on low incomes, deterring some from taking up the sport of recreational stalking altogether.
Firearms UK would oppose the mandatory use of non-lead ammunition. We do not believe that there is any evidence of lead pollution due to centre-fire rounds being left in the environment. Such a change to existing practice would pass on a further additional cost to the stalker through the purchase of more expensive non-lead ammunition.
Firearms UK support the efforts of the FES to make good use of shot deer by supplying the Scottish venison industry.
Forest Enterprise Scotland
As an executive agency of Forestry Commission Scotland, FES is responsible for the management of the 630,000 hectare national forest estate in Scotland in a way which is sustainable for future generations and delivers multiple benefits for people today and over the long term.
FES Head Office is in Inverness, with a support office in Dumfries. There are ten Forest Districts which protect and maintain the public forest estate through planning, creating and management of woodlands.
The objective of this consultation is to get views and general feedback on the content of the draft ‘Deer Management on the National Forest Estate – Current Practices and Future Directions’
The consultation can be completed here
The Forestry Commission has produced a comprehensive guide that explains in some detail the importance and effects of deer management, click below for a PDF version.