Good morning and welcome to The British Deer Society

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Branch information and events

Events

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Please note that you will receive full details of all these events via email but if in the meantime you wish to enquire about any of them please e-mail me at secretary@bdsni.org.uk

There are also seven Rifle Club Range Days. The dates of these will be emailed to Rifle Club members separately.

Thank you to everyone who made all our events in 2018 so successful. We look forward to seeing you all at our events in 2019.

Branch contacts

Chairman John Hetherington  chairman@bdsni.org.uk
Secretary Osmond Gurgan o.gurgan@bdsbranches.org.uk 

Committee

Chairman and Deer Recorder: John Hetherington

Vice Chairman and Treasurer: Adrian Fitzsimons

Secretary: Osmond Gurgan

Training Officer: Eric Rosborough

Media Liaison: Martin Malone

Education Officer: Jodie Donnelly

Deer Research Officer: Prof. Jaimie Dick 

News

DSC1 Training 

DSC!  3 Day Course £295.00, Clabby, Co. Fermanagh.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 28th to 30th June 2019

Two days of professional classroom instruction including a series of lectures, videos and discussion and a day at the range testing your field safety and shooting.
Includes a BDS Training Manual, DMQ registration and the 5 DSC1 Assessments.

Assessment Only Day £160.00, Clabby, Co. Fermanagh
Saturday 29th June 2019

Book Online

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Branch AGM

The branch AGM was on February 22 at the time-honoured venue of Dungannon Rugby Club. We have held our AGM at this venue for quite a number of years now. Harold the caretaker always makes us feel most welcome and provides us with everything we need including arranging the cooking of the food for our hot buffet afterward.

It was great to see a good turnout for the AGM and indeed we had several members attending who had never been to an AGM before. When chatting to them during registration I made them most welcome and was curious to know their motivation to attend. I assumed they must have heard how well the Chairman, Hon, Secretary and Treasurer had spoken at the previous AGM and how good the question time was afterwards. I felt a little deflated when these normal ‘non-attenders’ informed me they had heard that the food afterwards was great and it was free! It was good to see everyone there anyway even if some just came for the food.

The outgoing Chairman John Hetherington commenced the evening by welcoming everyone who had made the effort to come along to the branch AGM and commented on the good turnout.

The Branch Secretary read out apologies from 18 members who had advised they were unable to attend. Members had received a copy of the minutes of the previous year’s AGM in the post along with the call notice so a proposer and seconder for the minutes was requested. Eric Rosborough proposed the minutes should be accepted as accurate and this was seconded by Roger Lomas and unanimously accepted by all.

This was followed by the Chairman’s then Secretary’s and finally the Treasurer’s report. The floor was then opened for a short space of time for any questions.

The officers vacated their positions and the committee stood down to enable the election of the committee for 2019:

Chairman and Deer Recorder: John Hetherington

Vice Chairman and Treasurer: Adrian Fitzsimons

Secretary: Osmond Gurgan

Training Officer: Eric Rosborough

Media Liaison: Martin Malone

Education Officer: Jodie Donnelly

Deer Research Officer: Prof. Jaimie Dick

The newly elected Chairman John Hetherington then gave a short speech.

It was then time to award the Major Tom Brown Memorial Lone Stag Trophy along with some prizes for the most consistent marksman of 2018.

The magnificent Tom Brown Memorial Lone Stag trophy was donated by the late President of the Northern Ireland Branch Major Tom Brown. Tom was one of the founder members of the branch and he truly loved the British Deer Society and over the years he made a vast contribution to the Society especially in the Training department. It was with great sadness when we were made aware that he was suffering from cancer. Before he passed away he wanted the Branch to have this beautiful trophy and to award it each year to a worthy individual based on their shooting proficiency.

This year the Lone Stag Trophy was appropriately awarded to our very own Chairman John Hetherington. The Trophy was presented to him by Tom Simpson.

During the year we have approximately six range days where branch members can improve their shooting accuracy. To make it a little bit more interesting, on each Range day the roe targets which are used are individually scored for accuracy and at the end of the year the scores are added up and prizes are then awarded at the AGM for the top three scorers.

This year first prize went to Colin Chartres, second prize to Geoff Faulkner and third prize to John Hetherington.