Ragnar, a rehomed seven-year-old German wirehaired pointer has taken the top trophy in the Gamekeepers’ Classes at Crufts 2014.
Gamekeepers, beaters and pickers-up from across the UK are getting ready for one of the highlights of the gundog calendar – Crufts 2014. The UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), will host the gamekeepers’ classes at Crufts. Gamekeepers, owners of working gundogs, gundog teams and young handlers will compete in the classes. They will be held on Gundog Day, Sunday 9th March 2014 in Hall 5 at the NEC in Birmingham. The BASC gamekeepers’ classes are unique at Crufts. Each dog in the gamekeepers’ classes is a genuine working dog and Crufts gives handlers an opportunity to show their gundogs in their prime. The top individual gundogs owned by gamekeepers will go head-to-head in the main arena for the Best in Gamekeeping class title, competing for the Northesk Memorial Trophy. BASC will once again hold the popular demonstration scurry, where dogs undertake retrieves against the clock. The demonstration will start at 12:30pm. Glynn Evans, BASC's head of game and gamekeeping, said: "The gamekeeper classes at Crufts put working gundogs in front of a global audience at the biggest dog show in the world.” The BASC gundog programme is sponsored by Chudleys.
Organisations and businesses are coming together to raise money for charity at the Countryside Clay Shoot to be held at the Six Mile Bottom shooting estate in Cambridgeshire on 9th August 2014.
GM Brooders Ltd, the designer and manufacturer of a new energy-efficient rearing system for game birds has been announced as the main sponsor of the BASC Gamekeepers’ Fair 2014. The rearing system will be on show at the event held at Catton Park, Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire on the 12th and 13th April. BASC Central director and former gamekeeper Steve Bloomfield said: “Every now and then a new innovation enters the market which has the potential to improve game management. I have seen this system in operation and am very impressed with its energy and cost efficiencies whilst producing good quality poults. This will be an excellent opportunity for game managers and shoot owners to see the product and learn about the design and technical features.” BASC is offering its gamekeeper members a free pass for two adults. Visitors to the fair can also enjoy entertaining arena demonstrations, see working gundogs in action in the BASC & Chudleys Scurry League competition, shop at more than 200 quality trade stands, browse the craft and antique marquees and sample some wonderful food. The fair will be open from 9am until 5pm on both days and experts from BASC will be on hand to answer questions on all aspects of shooting and conservation. For a full list of activities and attractions, click here. To apply for your gamekeeper member ticket please contact Mandy Short on 01244 573027 or email email@example.com.
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
Members of the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), will have an opportunity to hear first-hand about the work BASC is undertaking, what it is doing for members and to make their own views known to the chairman, chief executive and other staff.
Guto Bebb, MP for Aberconwy will address diners at a Taste of Game dinner on the 31st January at Bodysgallen Hall, Llandudno.
The deadline is approaching for entry into the BASC gamekeepers’ classes at Crufts 2014. Owners of working gundogs need to register by the 6th January 2014.
A gundog evening with expert speakers providing guidance on the health and well-being of gundogs will be held at Stockbury village hall, Stockbury, near Sittingbourne, Kent on the 7th December 2013.