BASC announces new dates for deer stalking on the Isle of Arran

The Isle of Arran Deer Management scheme, organised by the UK's largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), has new dates available for 2014/15 season. The scheme is designed to provide practical follow-on experience for BASC members who have completed the Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1 (DSC1). It is suited to stalkers of all abilities and will give participants the opportunity to stalk red deer across extensive areas of land on the south of the island. Alan McCormick BASC's head of deer management said: “Following a highly successful winter on Arran, the BASC deer department is delighted to announce the dates for the 2014/15 season. The Isle of Arran Deer Management scheme is always popular with BASC members as it offers the chance to stalk in a wide-ranging, challenging environment.” Available dates for the scheme are as follows: Stags Week 1, 29th September – 3rd October 2014 Week 2, 6th – 10th October 2014 Week 3, 13th – 17th October 2014 Hinds Week 1, 3rd – 7th November 2014 Week 2, 24th – 28th November 2014 Week 3, 19th – 23rd January 2015 Week 4, 2nd – 6th February 2015 Stag weeks will cost £400 and the Hind weeks £250 per person. Applicants must have their own deer rifle, hold DSC1 and be registered for DSC2. For further information please contact the BASC deer department on 01244 573 047 or click here

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