Bulk purchase of German made game/larder fridges.

Gents, just flagging up that one of our Members is looking into bulk-buying game/larder fridges direct from Germany and have them shipped to the UK. Typical saving, compared to UK retail prices, is around 50%. The Warranty guarantee is also secure. Have a look at this site and email us for an expression of interest. http://www.gamecooling.com/gcshop/
So far we have four Members of our Group interested, the price will come down if more Members take part.

Grant Funding Application

We have asked the Cotswolds Conservation Board (OANB) for Grant Funding from the ‘Visitor Giving Scheme’.

The project is to purchase eight Trail Cams plus security housing and cabling, to use on land where Members of the NC-DMG Manage deer, with the right of first refusal to the main conservation charity we work with. The Data collected will be used to help us make cull plan proposals and will help our landowners with their Woodland Management Plans. We will make the Data (Photo’s and Video) available in the Public Domain and for educational purposes at various visitor/tourist attractions within the CAONB.

Range Day 25th. October 2015

The next North Cotswolds DMG Range Day will be at at Paul Hill’s Corinium Range, near Kemble on Sunday the 25th October 2015.

The programme:

10.00 – Arrival &Coffee

10.30 – Open shoot, Zero, practice.

12.00 – BBQ Lunch

13.00 – Competition shoot (DSC 1 shooting test plus, unsupported from 70 & 100 and sticks at 200m)

15.00 – Running boar (anyone who doesn’t want to shoot can leave after the comp shoot.)

16.30 – Depart.


£30.00 excluding Running Boar

£40.00 including Running Boar (Minimum 5 guns)

Minimum 10 guns, maximum 15.

David from DMC Custom Cartridges has generously offered a prize of 50 rounds of custom-made ammunition (calibre as requested by the winner, as long as it’s not anything outrageous or rare) as a prize for the ‘top gun’ on the day.

There has been an offer for venison sausages for a BBQ lunch – we therefore need someone to bring a BBQ, fuel etc, and also some baps/rolls/cobs. etc. Please get in touch to let us know if you can contribute with food, equipment etc.

If you haven’t registered yet please email Admin so your details can be forwarded to the organisers.

Visit to Berkeley Estate and Deer Park

The Berkeley Estate is willing to entertain the NC-DMG,  provided the interest is there and we get enough members willing to go.  
The Estate has a large herd of Fallow, all colours as well as a large herd of Red Deer. We will have the undivided attention of the Head Ranger in which we can quiz on all aspects of managing Deer in the park, monitoring health, cull criteria etc.etc and a walk through the estate, larder facilities and so on.
In addition, Berkeley Estate is willing to put aside a room to have a butchery class for the DMG members, with a demo from one of our Members who is a Prof. Butcher.  The estate will supply the Carcass! So it’s a great chance to learn from two professionals during one visit!!
Needless to say there will be a small fee, and it will increase if we take the option of a carcass from the estate – the flip side is the “butchered” meat can then be shared out with the attendees – we’ll work this out in due course!
It’s also a good chance for the members to get together and those that rarely attend meets/events to get familiar with the rest of the DMG team!
What happens next:
  • In the first instance we need to determine numbers that are willing to attend. Please  contact Group admin.
  • Once we have the numbers then a date will be fixed  – It is hoped to be around second week in September after the holiday season is over.


Forestry First Aid Course

The EFAW+F qualification (a 1-day course) is increasingly a requirement demanded by some of the larger landowners, such as the FC. Others, such as the NT, as well as private landowners,  may well follow in their footsteps so they can proof ‘Due Diligence’ when appointing a Leaseholder of Licensed Stalker.
All other things being equal, if you put in a competitive bid for a lease/license, this may well swing things in your favour.

You may also have read reports in the shooting press of a new, soon to be launched, British Deer Society scheme of CPD (Continuous Professional Development) operating on a points system, so you get points for the DSC1, DSC2, Deer Manager qualification, Chainsaw handling, manual lifting training, EFAW+F, quad bike driving, 4×4 driving, etc etc.

It is entirely up to you if you feel you will benefit from having this qualification. For those who are interested, we have now found a Training Company with an instructor who is a  former military medic  with a specific interest in firearms injuries and lone-working first aid.

For a small group size the cost would be £65 (minimum of 4 participants) for the first 6 and £40 each additional person thereafter (And 20% VAT on top of that maybe…?) .  We would get a 10% discount for organising the venue and getting the group together.
On this course we would have a senior instructor teaching us forestry tailored first aid with extensive practical work and first aid resources. The instructor would make operational and first aid kit resources available based on each individual’s working environment. Certification lasts three years and is nationally recognised and meets Forestry  Commission standards for  whom this company does a lot of first aid training for in this sector.

A Group size of 4-6 can be accommodated at home (Location Woodmancote, Cheltenham), if we have a large amount of interested Members we would hire a venue (Location Guiting Power) which would cost an additional £5 or so per person.
If we have just a few interested Members than there may be an opportunity to join in individuals with a group from an organisation/company if there are placed available, but you may have to travel a bit.

The course will be planned for a weekday (not Friday) in November 2015.
Non-refundable payment in advance will be required once a date and venue has been announced.

To register your interest please email the Group admin and ask it to be forwarded.