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East Mercia

East Mercia

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The East Mercia Branch meets on the third Thursday of the following months:-
January, February (also AGM), March, April, May, September, October and November at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8AH Tel: 01572 724678. Meetings commence at 7.30pm.

Branch contacts

Chairman Hugh Davis This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Secretary Ian Pratt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

2017 News

Range Day and BBQ - Calton Moor Range, Ashbourne, Derbyshire - 7th October 2017

Members - another opportunity has been arranged for a range day and a social BBQ at Calton Moor Range, Calton Moor Farm, Swinscoe, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2BU on the 7th October 2017.

The layout for the day should be as follows -

0900 meet at Calton Moor
0915 Tunnel range for zeroing
1200 BBQ
1330 outside range on fox/deer/rabbit silhouette targets at ranges out to 300m

Previous years at Calton Moor have proved very popular, so if you’re interested book early to avoid dissapointment !

Mike and Jan at Calton Moor have kept the price the same for the last few years at a very competitive £35 for the day.

Please contact me on this email to book a place/places - once I’ve heard from you I’ll email you back with payment details. Note that once a place is booked, we cannot give any refund if you decide to pull out.

Because this is a day run by Calton Moor and assisted by the East Mercia BDS, we can allow non BDS members to attend at the same cost, but should there be a rush of bookings, priority will be given to East Mercia BDS members.

Please remember to bring your FAC with you along with BDS membership card (if applicable)

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Ian Pratt - Secretary


Deer census

While counting the deer in your patch may seem to be a tedious exercise, estimating the number of deer is crucial to the development of a cull plan. However, stalkers have been known to underestimate populations by factors of 4 to 16 times! If you are going to attempt a census and cull plan, get a good book, or better still, attend a BDS training course.