deerhockwoldBASC has worked with the Forestry Commission to launch a new deer stalking scheme on the Suffolk / Norfolk border.

The scheme, at Thetford Forest,  will allow members of the UK’s largest shooting organisation to gain practical experience and increase their knowledge while assisting with deer population management.

Glynn Evans, BASC’s head of game and deer management, said: “Our members play a key role in managing deer populations, which is necessary to reduce damage to farming and forestry and also for nature conservation.

“The chance to participate in this and other deer stalking schemes run by BASC form part of the wide benefits on offer to our members.”

The scheme offers opportunities for novice to experienced members and is in addition to existing BASC deer stalking schemes in Dorset, on the Isle of Arran and the Baronscourt Estate in Northern Ireland.

The new scheme, which is near Hockwold, has been set up to replace one previously run at Kings Forest and covers a much larger area.

Norman Healey, Forestry Commission England wildlife manager, said: “We have highly professional wildlife rangers managing our forests and woodland habitats against the increasing threat of larger deer populations. This new scheme with BASC will allow us to target this protection.

“Members will be able to use the access to the public forest estate to gain experience and enhance their skills in a controlled environment. This in turn will promote existing best practice and escalate their ability to deliver enhanced deer management for the private sector.”

Full details of the BASC stalking schemes can be found here or by contacting the game and deer team direct on 01244 573019.

Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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