With current uncertainty over the venison market in some parts of the country, it is more important than ever that Stalkers are supplying a high-quality product that is safely and humanely produced.
It is important that sales, both large and small and whether to Approved Game Handling Establishments (Game Dealers) or elsewhere, are conducted within the lawful framework and that all aspects of traceability, best practice, and Food Business regulations are followed.
Details of the current requirements can be found in the FSA Wild Game Guide here: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/wild-game-guidance
If you are selling venison it is your responsibility to know and adhere to this legislation.
Further guidance on best practice can be found here: http://www.thedeerinitiative.co.uk/best_practice/ and here: https://www.bestpracticeguides.org.uk/
Animal welfare and safe use of firearms are primary concerns and a clean and humane kill is the objective. Low venison prices and a downturn in the market frequently lead to calls for ‘head shot deer only’ in order to avoid excessive carcass damage. However, in a free living wild deer situation, the use of head shots is rarely appropriate and, when it goes wrong, can lead to severe suffering.
If you have any specific concerns or questions please contact BDS Deer Officer, Glyn Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org