About Us

How does ADMG work?

Like Deer Management Groups themselves, ADMG is a voluntary body. Running costs are funded by a subscription based on the annual cull of each member DMG.


About ADMG

ADMG is run by an Executive Committee chaired by Richard Cooke and administered by Finlay Clark, ADMG Secretary.

Each of the eight areas into which the Scottish deer range is divided is represented on the Committee. A number of experts are also co-opted to the Committee which has a total membership of 19.

ADMG works closely with other organisations, in particular the Scottish Gamkeepersā€™ Association, the British Deer Society and Scottish Land & Estates. ADMG has played an active role in the Deer Management Round Table (DMRT), a multi interest group set up in 1995 to assist in the preparation of the proposals which led to the passing of the Deer (Scotland) Act in 1996. The DMRT continues and meets twice annually to discuss wide ranging matters in which deer play a part. This group has proved particularly valuable in achieving compromises and creating understanding in matters once perceived as controversial.

Scotland’s Wild Deer — A National Approach is the 20 year vision for wild deer in Scotland. The latest version including 2015–2020 priorities can be downloaded here (.PDF, 1.9 MB).

ADMG has also played an important part as a consultee in the development of the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act, and as a member of the group charged with the development of the Code of Sustainable Deer Management. ADMG is also involved in the development of proposals for the voluntary delivery of competence by the sector.

ADMG holds its Annual General Meeting in February, in addition to three or four Executive Committee and regional meetings on a rotating basis around Scotland every year.

Annual publications include a Newsletter, SCOPE, issued twice yearly, and the Annual Stag Season Report sponsored by Knight Frank

ADMG also produces a regular electronic news bulletin, E-Scope, and in 2011, published the results of its first stalking benchmarking survey sponsored by Saffery Champness and Bidwells Copies of all these publications are available on request and may also be viewed and downloaded under Publications on this website.

ADMG has a stand each year at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace, and is also represented at the Highland Field Sports Fair in August.

The ADMG Stalking to Let promotional service is now undertaken by the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Group