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Branch information and events


8 Apr Branch AGM, Altyre Estate 


26 March Branch AGM, Ardtornish House, Ardtornish Estate, PA805UZ, 11am
29-30 Apr Deer Stalking Fair - The Black Isle Showground, Muir of Ord
30 Apr Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club
6 May Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club
28 May Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club
3 June Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club
2 July Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club
23 July Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club
3 Sept Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club
29 Oct Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club
4 Nov Range Day, Cawdor Rifle Club
5 Nov "Talking Stalking" - Strathconon Community Hall

Range Day contact

Ian Davidson 07769 345109

Branch contacts

Chairman Alistair Monkman
Secretary Ian Sugden

2017 News

Newsletter October 2017

Autumn Meeting - Sunday 5th November - Strathconon Community Hall

Tea, coffee & squash will be provided, bring your own piece.

Time 10.30 for 11.00 am start - Introduction & news update by Branch Chairman Alistair Monkman.

The main speaker will be one of our members, Robbie Rowantree.

Robbie's subject for the day will be Upland Deer Management, & we are sure it will be varied & will stimulate good interest & discussion.

The rest of the meeting will be informal & flexible in format.


"Bring & Buy" of anything deer or stalking related - anything surplus to requirements.

"Gadgets & gizmos" Please bring anything you want to show & tell about - purchased or made - sticks, bipods, rifle improvements, stalking & loading equipment etc etc.
(e.g. I'll bring along my home made case annealer to demonstrate)


Strathconon Hall IV6 7QQ, Grid ref NH30670 55400
 Note - SAT NAV units will mislead you by up to a kilometer using the post code & there is no mobile phone coverage in the glen.


Rifle Range Days - Sunday 29th October & Saturday 4th November (Winter Match Day)

This year we have two remaining shoot days at Cawdor range located at (Grid ref. NH85718  47742)

Assembly time is 09.00 hrs for range setup & briefing. Shooting starts at 10.00 hrs.

Rifle Range Contact is  Ian Davidson tel. 07769345109


SIBS (Scottish Inter Branch Shoot)

This year we entered a team for the competition & came in second place beaten by a small margin by South West Branch.
Team scores were:-    

South West    608
Highlands      603  
Central          538
North East     481   
South East     478
Highlands Branch Individual scores :-

Roly McMeeken   116
Andrew Yool       109
Charlie Rose       105
Simon Jackson     99
Rick Connolly       91    
Ron Taylor          83

Well done to all our team. Let's see if we can win the competition next year!


Training & Stalker Development

We are keen to encourage new member stalkers & to nurture their progress to encourage best practice. The branch has some generous members who will mentor beginners.

Please contact our Chairman Alistair Monkman who can facilitate this.

Additionally there are opportunities for Stalking at Altyre for BDS members. 

BDS and Altyre Estate are pleased to announce the launch of preferential rates for BDS members who wish to stalk Scottish woodland roe deer at Altyre Estate in Moray. Primarily aimed at those wishing to undertake DSC2 training and/or assessment, the estate can offer accompanied stalks for cull roebucks and does with the estate stalker (Approved Witness) at a flat rate of £85 inc VAT per outing.

For more details, please contact the Altyre Estate office directly on 01309 672265 or by email at

Email addresses

We do not send the newsletters by post anymore. It is too costly and some members must be missing out, so please send your email address to HQ or Ian the secretary.