The British Deer Society (BDS) launched The Stalkers Code on 20 May in response to the increase in newcomers to stalking and deer management.

The code has been printed on a credit-card-sized waterproof plastic card and will the distributed by the BDS at game fairs and shows across the country as well as at Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1 courses.

“The code is designed to prompt stalkers and deer managers, particularly those relatively new to the discipline, to remember some of the basic points and processes, which will help to contribute to a successful stalk and a humanely culled animal,” said David Kenyon of the BDS.

Deerstalking and conservation organisations have said that the idea should help to stamp out bad practice. The Deer Commission for Scotland’s director, Nick Halfhide, told Shooting Times: “We welcome this project by the BDS. The code succinctly summarises both the Scottish and English best practice guidelines and is another good tool to remind individuals of their responsibilities.”

BASC’s deer projects officer, Chris Brooks, agreed that the code will help novice stalkers to get the most out of the sport. He said: “BASC welcomes any initiative that promotes safety, best practice and respect for quarry. This new venture by the BDS, which is particularly aimed at new shooters, should be applauded and we wish it every success.”

The rest of this article appears in 28 May issue of Shooting Times.

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