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South West Scotland

South West Scotland

Branch information and events


22 Jan Branch AGM, Ken Bridge Hotel, 16:30hrs   
21 March Survival/Alone in the Forest - Ken Bridge Hotel, 7.30pm  
26 March Gong Shoot - Cornharrow Estate, 9.30am  
9 April Range Day at Parton, 11.30am  
14 May Range Day at Parton, 11.30am  
11 June Range Day at Parton, 11.30am  
20 June Calling Roe, Ken Bridge Hotel, 7.30pm  
9 July Range Day at Parton, 11.30am  
13 Aug Range Day at Parton, 11.30am  
20 Aug Activity Day - Millhouse Deer Farm Lockerbie  
10 Sept Range Day at Parton, 11.30am  
8 Oct Range Day at Parton, 11.30am  

Branch contacts

Chairman Glen Heggs This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Secretary Keith Snow This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Annual General Meeting Jan 2017

The AGM was well attended with 33 members and guests sitting down to dinner. Our guest speaker Michael Holiday gave a very interesting presentation on hunting and trapping in British Columbia. The scenery was so much better than Eskdalemuir. The skins he had on display opened one or two eyes and most present were surprised how big black bears and wolves really are. Grizzly bears are even bigger. An excellent presentation and the photographs were very impressive. Anyone interested in reading a copy of the AGM minutes please email. Glen Heggs remains Chairman. I remain as Secretary and the committee have all elected to continue. Glen and I will be standing down after 12 and 9 years respectively at the 2018 AGM.

Policing and Crime Bill 2017

One of the changes introduced by this Bill is the removal of expanding ammunition and bullets from Section 5 restrictions to Sec 1 which is effectively unrestricted provided you have a FAC. The Bill received Royal Assent on the 31st January. I have spoken to BASC Firearms Department and they have advised waiting patiently until the actual Act (the White Paper) is published. This may be within two weeks or not until summer. Target shooters who use carbines should be aware that some pistol calibre’s will still be restricted hence the need to wait for the Act to be published.

The practical effect of this Bill is the removal of the current restriction on purchasing expanding ammunition for stalking and vermin control. You will no longer have to purchase on a face to face basis and quantities will be unlimited. Effectively you will only be limited on the depth of your wallet and you can have bullets posted to your home.

Until the Act is published BASC advise that you must comply with the current conditions imposed by your FAC. Once the Act is published you will need to send your FAC to your local Firearms Department and have the expanding ammunition condition removed from your FAC to avoided any future complications.

I have a question. Can you now use expanding ammunition for target shooting?????????

Gong Shoot - Cornharrow Estate 26th March 2017

The usual culprits plus a few new faces attended a near perfect day at Cornharrow. No MIDGES. It is clearly apparent that we will now have to either move the gongs further back (330 yards at present) or use smaller gongs. For those who have never played “hit the metal with metal or ring my bell” it is great fun and a test of how good your ammunition is. It is planned to do it again next year.

Calling Roe 20th June 2017 7.30pm Ken Bridge Hotel

By popular demand Chris Dolton from South Ayrshire Stalking will give a second performance of his roe calling skills. For those who missed it last year this is your opportunity to practice before the rut. He is very good.

Range Days at Parton

Our usual range days will commence in April. Parton range is a purpose built bench rest range which offers the best range facilities in SW Scotland. Our grateful thanks to Peter Jackson for allowing us to use his facilities. Dates for 2017 are the second Sunday of the month:

April 9th          
May 14th         
June 11th        
July 9th            
August 13th    
September 10th
October 8th

Meet at 11.30am at the range for the safety briefing. Please take extra care when driving across the runway. If you need directions please call. The committee have degreed by a unanimous vote that all unmoderated rifles will shoot on the same detail. 

Range Working Party

Several of our members are also members of Galloway Small Arms Club. GSAC are the only other club permitted to use the range. It has been proposed that we extend the range at Parton by building an open-air firing point at 300 yards. This will be a joint venture. A site visit is planned in the very near future and it is anticipated completing the work in one day. The sooner it is complete the sooner you can shoot. Volunteers will be required to assist in the building of the point. Anyone who can use a shovel is welcome. Most of the work will be done using a JCB. Details to follow.

Reloading Centre Fire Rifle Ammunition

The Society has recently endorsed a LANTRA approved centre fire reloading course offered by Purdoms Training in Carlisle.  This is the only lANTRA approved reloading course currently offered. The course is divided into two separate sessions. The first dealing with the theory of reloading and internal ballistics. The second involves each student physically reloading five rounds under qualified supervision and then firing the rounds. Successful completion of the course results in a LANTRA certificate of competence. The next course is on the 18th June. A further course will be held in September. Purdoms will also travel to your venue.

Activity Day - Millhouse Deer Farm Lockerbie, 20th August

The branch are holding an Activity Day on the 20th August 2017 at Millhouse Deer Farm, Lockerbie. The day will be divided into two separate sessions and will cover the processes involved in recovering the carcass to putting the meat on the plate.

Gralloching - You will have the opportunity of gralloching a freshly culled carcass under the supervision of AW’s and Assessors. This will be a learning practice not an examination setting. There will be two vets in attendance for the technical questions. This is hands on and protective clothing will be available but please wear your old kit.

Butchery - Chilled carcasses will be dressed by a professional butcher who will answer questions as he works. The standard of butchery is amazing. The butcher has promised to give a running commentary as he works. You may fire as many questions as you wish.

The day is intended for those seeking to undergo the rigors of DSC2 or simply for those interested in improving their skill level. Lunch will of course be venison.  At the end of the day we will auction a freshly butchered carcass. Cost BDS members £35. Non members £40.  Numbers will be limited to ensure everyone has a chance to participate. This event has been advertised on the Stalking Directory and bookings have already been made by members from Norfolk.

First Aid + F

I am in the process of organizing a First Aid at Work + F training day. The F signifies Forestry i.e working alone so is of particular relevance for deer stalking. The venue will be Lockerbie Truck Stop which is easily accessible from the M74 and M6.  The Forestry Commission and several Forestry companies now demand a first aid qualification from lease holders. This course meets all current demands. This is an excellent course for family first aid as well. I simply refuse to pay in excess of £100 for a day’s first aid training so I am working to obtain the best price possible. Further details to follow. Numbers must be limited to twelve otherwise a second instructor will be required and will increase the cost. If you are interested please book a place asap.

DSC 1 Training

A DSC 1 course is planned for November and will be held in Carlisle. I will forward details nearer the time.


The committee decided in 2012 that all notifications of branch/society business would be sent via email due to the increasing cost of postage.  If you are not receiving fairly regular updates of branch events then it is simply because we do not have your email address or you have changed your email address and not notified HQ.  Simply contact the secretary and all will be rectified.  If you live in an area without internet access then the secretary will happily post a copy of all newsletters and updates if you let the secretary know this is your only option.

Keith Snow  Secretary
01461 206750
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