The Deer Initiative

Deer stalkers’ Open Evening raises £3,100 for Charity


Published date: 16/06/2015

By Nick Jackson

Over 200 deerstalking enthusiasts gathered at Malmo Guns near Lancaster on Thursday evening (4th June) for a charity event. The evening was organised by Alastair Boston of The Deer Initiative, the British Deer Society and the British Association for Shooting &Conservation supported by Malmo Guns.

£3,100 was raised in total with all proceeds from the gate, an auction and a raffle will go to North West Air Ambulance and Help for Heroes

DI's Alastair Boston said "We had a fantastic evening filled with guest speakers and demonstrations. The evening ended with an awesome auction. Thanks to the donors who were very generous, to everyone involved and a big thanks to Malmo"

There were demonstrations from professional deer manager Jonathan Standing on tracking deer with his specialist Hanoverian scent hound and from Honeywell Meats of Eaves on deer carcass butchery. BASC head measurer Brian Johnson scored several medal trophies. In addition there were talks on the work of Lancashire Constabulary’s Wildlife Department and by vet Iain Richards on TB in wild deer. All attending were fed for free on generous venison burgers served by Honeywells.

The charity auction and raffle included local deer stalking outings for sika, red, fallow and roe kindly donated by Leven’s Hall estate, Leighton Hall estate, Graythwaite estate & Thirlmere Wildlife Management. These were augmented by prizes ranging from a signed print from sporting artist John N Clarke, venison from Claughton Estate to a tailored garment from Charles Campbell Bespoke Tailoring of Clitheroe.

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Photo by Gina Prest

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