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East Anglia

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Information on the British Deer Society (BDS) East Anglia branch including events, contacts, and news.


30th Oct 2019 Deer Stalkers Evening

Range days

Second Saturdays through to September except for July which will be the 1st Saturday. 

Branch contacts

Chairman Nick Rout
Secretary Pete Ansbro

Branch Areas

Postcode Area 
AL St Albans 
CB Cambridge
CM Chelmsford
CO Colchester
E London
EC London
EN Enfield
HP Hemel Hempstead
IG Ilford
IP Ipswitch
LU Luton
MK Milton Keynes
N London
NR Norwich
RM Romford
SG Stevenage
SS Southend-on-Sea


Deer Stalkers Evening


On February 9 the Branch held its Annual General Meeting at the conclusion of another very successful Range Day. This year we have to thank the weather gods for a fine if breezy day which though possibly deterring a few range regulars did mean that we entered the AGM phase in a warm and dry state, unlike last year.

This range day was the first one for 2019, other range days being scheduled for second Saturdays through to September except for July, which will be the 1st Saturday. We are also having a weekday range day, this being May 24, giving the opportunity for some members who can’t attend on Saturdays, or who may just want more training time.  We currently shoot from positions at 100 metres and 180 metres with DSC1-style walk-downs. Why not come along and check zero or develop your confidence in the company of like-minded stalkers?

Our remit is to improve confidence in safe shooting at typical deer stalking distances and positions; the range team remain keen to shift the emphasis away from a standard gallery range scenario and onto positional shooting (sticks/kneeling etc) under field fire conditions – so at varying distances.  Shooter safety is paramount and it is interesting to see how ‘recreational stalkers’ follow a different mindset from ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ rifle club range shooters.

Bacon baps are an excellent inducement to turn up early in the morning thanks to members Colin Barter and Roger Benson.

The business of the Annual General Meeting was conducted with efficiency. The retiring committee members, Colin Barter, and Adam Snare being thanked for their service to the Branch (both will continue to serve the branch in much appreciated and practical ways) and the new candidate for committee membership, Steve Houghton, being introduced and accepted; all officers being re-elected.

We also discussed that the Branch will be hosting the Society AGM on May 11-12, when there will be a free range day for members on May 11 with lots of added attractions planned (of which more elsewhere). Offers of practical help and assistance from branch members were freely forthcoming and greatly appreciated.