BASC deer stalking schemes back open for business

BASC’s deer stalking schemes across England are reopening from next week.

The Hockwold scheme in Norfolk and the Raby scheme in County Durham will be the first to reopen on 8 June, with the Hampshire scheme opening next month.

The schemes were originally suspended with the introduction of the Coronavirus lockdown in March.

Martin Edwards, head of deer and deer management at BASC, said: “It is with great pleasure that we can announce the reopening of some of BASC’s stalking schemes.

“The decision has been made in the knowledge that assisted stalks are able to take place in line with social distancing and the Government’s guidance.

“We are monitoring the roadmaps in Scotland and Northern Ireland and working with our respective partners to reopen all our stalking schemes as soon as it is safe and feasible to do so.

“We remain positive that our roe buck culls can be achieved, and all systems will be up and running in time for the red and sika stag and fallow buck seasons opening in August.”

Application forms and more details on BASC stalking schemes can be found here or by contacting the Deer department on deer@basc.org.uk

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