Stalkers are asked NOT to contact the Estate initially.
Once the completed registration form and the registration fee have been received, BASC NI will then advise the stalker to make contact directly with the Estate to arrange a mutually agreeable date and time for the stalk. A stalking fee of £120 inclusive of VAT per outing is payable directly to the Estate and this must be paid prior to any stalking being undertaken.
Stalking may take place on any part of the Estate’s 10,000 acres which is a mixture of spruce woodland and undulating farmland and scrubland. All stalkers will be accompanied by an experienced deerstalker who is also a member of the Estate’s cull team. Each outing will normally last for approximately four hours and will involve either a foot stalk or the use of high seats or a mixture of both however this will mainly be dependent upon the physical capabilities of the stalker and the terrain.
Stalkers may bring a guest providing the guest is a BASC member and the stalker has obtained prior written permission from Baronscourt Estate.
Some travel between different areas of the Estate may be required to ensure stalkers have maximum opportunity to shoot cull animals which will vary depending on the time of year.
The main quarry species will generally be sika deer however stalkers may have the opportunity to shoot other species of deer if they are encountered but this will be at the discretion of the Head Gamekeeper.
Stalkers will generally only be permitted to shoot one cull animal per outing. However stalkers may be afforded the opportunity to shoot more than one animal within the stalking period, if they have the opportunity and time to do so. This will be at the sole discretion of the Estate’s Head Gamekeeper or his guide and there will be no additional charge.
Once an animal has been shot, the carcass will be recovered to the Estate’s game larder where it will be inspected, gralloched and tagged. Carcasses will remain the property of the Estate at all times however BASC members participating in the scheme may have the opportunity to purchase complete carcasses or venison products at a discounted rate, however this will be at the discretion of the Estate as it is obliged to meet the game demands of its existing clients.
Misplaced shots may result in the carcass being deemed unfit to enter the food chain. In such circumstances the stalker will be required to pay a fee of £50. The decision as to whether a carcass is unfit to enter the food chain will be at the discretion of the Estate’s Head Gamekeeper and his decision will be final and binding.
All stalking, which takes place as part of this scheme, is controlled, co-ordinated and supervised by the Estate’s Head Gamekeeper and his guides. The Head Gamekeeper and guides are responsible for ensuring the briefing, deployment and safety of all stalkers and the conduct of all culling operations.
The meeting point on the Estate is the Estate’s game larder which is situated beside the Head Gamekeeper’s house and the kennels.
The post code for Baronscourt Estate is BT78 4EZ.
To find out more about Baronscourt Estate or for specific directions please visit http://www.barons-court.com