Annual Range Day

Sunday the 25th. October was our annual Range Day, this time at the Corinium Rifle Range, Kemble, Cirencester. We had a good turn-out with more than twice as many stalkers as last year. After a general zero/practice session we enjoyed a BBQ lunch to which everybody had contributed: Pate, sausages, burgers, chicken, rolls, salad, apples, cakes…all very delicious and thank you to all who took some food and shared it.
The competition element was the standard DSC1 shooting test (9 shots: 3 x 100 Yards prone at a 6″ target; 2 x 100 Yards prone at a deer target, 2 x 70 Yards sitting or kneeling, supported, at a deer target; 2 x 50 Yards off sticks) followed by 150 Yards and 200 Yards supported shots off sticks at steel targets. Obviously, with all participants being highly qualified and experienced, this was very easy for all. (And we never lie!). Maybe somebody can post the names of the first three?
There was also time for 2 x 6 shots at a running wild boar target at 50 Yards and 70 Yards, where we achieved an average first shot kill rate of some 50%. Thank God the boar target was paper and wood and not flesh and blood, otherwise there would have been a lot of very angry injured wild boars roaming around the Kemble area right now. Good fun, and we are likely to want to try this again. And improve. After all, there are 1,000+ wild boar roaming around the Forest of Dean, and that is a very conservative Forestry Commission estimate. Maybe our DMG should now actively try to get some permission for its Members in that area? Many thanks to Rob P for organising the day, and to Paul Hill the owner of the range who as always controlled the life firing with a good sense of humour, relaxed but safe.

Grant funding awarded

We have applied to the Cotswolds Conservation Board (AONB) for Grant Funding from the ‘Visitor Giving Scheme’, and are delighted to announce this has now been approved.

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.