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20 December 2018

BDS Photographic competition 2018 - enter now!

BDS Photographic CompetitionAnother year is ending and the Christmas break is a good time to remind everyone about the annual BDS photographic competition which closes at the end of March 2019.  SO if you haven’t yet entered anything for judging, this could be an opportune moment to get on and sort through your images or to get outside to try out some new kit……?  

You can submit images electronically now, so it is very easy.  Last year there were some quality entries so expectations are high. We are also always looking for deer images in wintry settings and in landscape format for the annual calendar.  

Branches are also encouraged to submit their own branch entries for judging in the Dulverton Trophy award section of the competition. The last few years have seen a battle between two particular branches to take the prize but with few others taking part. It would be great to see more regional activity and entries.

17 December 2018

Feedback from a recent DSC1 course attendee

"Just want to say a big thank you for the DSC1 course last weekend, all the help and assistance but more importantly for making it so enjoyable and informative. I really learned a lot during the course and it was well presented. Will definitely advocate your services to anyone who wants to take up the course." View course details

17 December 2018

A BDS membership – an ideal Christmas present

Thinking of what to buy someone interested in deer? Why not treat them to a year's BDS membership for just £62.

BDS membership includes:
• A copy of our quarterly glossy journal, ‘Deer’, packed with interesting articles and information
• Membership of a local BDS branch offering talks, demonstrations, advice and range days
• Use of a BDS rifle on our DSC1 courses held throughout the year
• Regular deer news in our ‘Deerbytes’ e-newsletter (for those who subscribe), our website, Facebook and Twitter
• The chance to join specialist interests such as photography and research
• The chance to participate in prize draws and internet auctions
• The option to buy Field Sports Insurance for your own recreational and countryside pursuits

The membership pack can be sent to you to present personally or can be sent directly to the recipient.

More information


17 December 2018

Photographing deer - Code of Conduct

It is really great to see wildlife photography gaining interest but equally important to recognise the need to respect the subject and its welfare. Following autumn press reports of people approaching park deer too closely during the rut, so endangering not only their own health but disturbing the animals’ rutting behaviour, BDS has put together a Code of Conduct focusing on best practice for wildlife photography. With Christmas imminent and no doubt new cameras about to be gifted, we hope this will be helpful to budding photographers! View code of Conduct

03 December 2018

BDS 2019 Calendar - selling fast!

Exclusive BDS Calendar featuring stunning seasonal images of deer throughout the UK taken by some of our regular photographers in an A3 Wall Calendar.

• Practical, large month-to-view format, with space for important daily appointments
• Seasonal diary dates included
• Spiral bound. 420 x 297mm
• Perfect Christmas present
• £11.95 each including P&P (UK only)

Purchase online or complete and return the application form.


03 December 2018

Increased risk of African Swine Fever being introduced to the UK: Important advice for all hunters

Following a significant increase in the number of cases of ASF, a disease of pigs, in Eastern Europe, and recent western spread to Belgium, the risk of an introduction of this disease to the UK has increased and is causing concern.

Although the disease does not affect humans and there is no food safety risk associated with meat, ASF is a highly contagious and usually fatal viral disease of pigs.

Everyone travelling to the continent for hunting and shooting or similarly organising these activities in the UK needs to take several precautions to reduce the risk of ASF entering the UK.

  pdf View precautions for hunters (146 KB)

  pdf View the letter from the Chief Veterinary Officer UK (192 KB)

12 November 2018

Renewal of MoD Shooters Certification Cards

The National Rifle Association (NRA) have announced that, with effect from 01 Jan 2019, new arrangements for the issue of MoD Shooter Certification Cards (SCCs) to members of affiliated clubs will come into place. All current cards expire on 31 Dec 2018 and will be replaced by photo cards and the BDS will require a £25.00 fee to facilitate these. The new cards will be valid for one year and renewed annually.

All renewal applications for Shooter Certification Cards for 2019 must be received by BDS no later than the 10th December 2018. 

08 November 2018

BDS London dinner auction now live!

You may not be at our London dinner but you can still help the Society by bidding for our online auction lots!

Some fabulous items are up for grabs including some superb stalking, salmon fishing, The Mousetrap theatre box, Magnums of Roederer champagne, delicious wine, charming holiday cottage, optics, sporting goods, amazing art and a stunning collector’s piece of a specially commissioned Emberleaf Garron knife with handle fashioned from 40,000 + year old mammoth tusk and blade of finest Damascus steel.

The lots will be online for 2 weeks closing on 21st November at the dinner itself. SO please do get bidding!

Bid here -