Scottish deer stalkers avoid compulsory testing.

The move would have meant around 20,000 people involved in deer management to pass a mandatory test that could have made existing qualifications redundant.

The proposal had been expected to be part of the Wildlife and Natural Environment Bill but after successful lobbying, the idea was shelved, saving considerable amounts of public money being spent on establishing a register of deer stalkers in Scotland.

It will also prevent stalkers resident in Scotland from requiring a higher standard of testing than elsewhere in Europe.

BASC Scotland’s press and policy officer, Nicolle Upton, said: “BASC Scotland uncovered misleading guidance regarding deer stalking fatalities in the consultation document. Our research showed that three fatalities referred to in the document were not associated with deer stalking, deer stalkers or indeed Scotland.”

  • Tim Castle

    Thank heavens for that, mandatory testing would eventually filter down to visiting stalkers and kill the sport in Scotland. Its rarely the stalkers or Ghillies that cause the dramas over safety but more often ramblers who cant or wont take notice of shooting in progress signs.