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Tom Turnbull, Strone Estate, Argyll, elected Chairman of ADMG

Tom Turnbull has been elected Chairman of the Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) at the Association’s online AGM held on Wednesday 23 June 2021. His election follows the stepping down of Richard Cooke after 10 years in post as … Continue reading

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ADMG issues ‘A Declaration for Upland Deer Management’ ahead of May elections to Scottish Parliament

After 6 May we will have a new Scottish Government and new members of the Scottish Parliament. Deer management is complex and affects much of Scotland – upland deer, their habitat and the people who manage them are the principal … Continue reading

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ADMG statement following Scottish Government response to Deer Working Group recommendations

The Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG) has given a “cautious welcome” to the Scottish Government response to the independent Deer Working Group (DWG) report. Richard Cooke, Chair, ADMG said: “Whilst we will now examine each of government’s responses to … Continue reading

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ADMG urges public to steer clear of the deer during the cold spell

The cold snap and deep lying snow across much of upland Scotland will be taking its toll on our wild deer. Richard Cooke, Chairman, the Association of Deer Management Groups, says: “For the first time in some years we are … Continue reading

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ADMG responds to article in Independent

Following a recent article in the Observer/Guardian predominantly in relation to the deer cull in England and closure of the restaurant, catering and hospitality sector with the consequent loss of a significant market for venison, and a follow-up article in … Continue reading

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‘Snapshot’ survey of 34 Scottish stalking businesses shows over £1.1 million loss on the basis of cancellations so far

Scotland’s upland deer stalking sector delivers an annual deer cull to secure the health of the deer herd, to keep deer numbers in balance with their habitat, to limit damage to the environment and reduce deer vehicle collision numbers, and … Continue reading

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New measures will “cut the legs from under stalking businesses” says ADMG Chairman Richard Cooke.

Richard Cooke, Chairman, the Association of Deer Management Groups has said that the new restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19 particularly for accommodation announced this week by the Scottish Government will have a severe impact on Scotland’s let stalking … Continue reading

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Forestry and Land Scotland out of season culling: Statement from ADMG Chairman Richard Cooke

“Forestry and Land Scotland, in responding yesterday (3 September) to criticism in a press statement by the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, stated that ADMG “supported” its plan to cull hinds and calves from 1 September.  This is absolutely not the case.  … Continue reading

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Survey shows that Scotland’s deer stalking sector will be hit hard if let stalking is not possible this year

A survey undertaken last month by the Association of Deer Management Groups (ADMG), Lowland Deer Network Scotland (LDNS) and the Scottish Venison Association (SVA) has found that if there is no let stalking this year for stags, hinds, roe bucks … Continue reading

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Coronavirus and deer management

Everyone will be aware of the current situation and restrictions on movement that are in place at least for the next three weeks. It is vital that everyone takes steps to minimise social and business interaction to reduce the transmission … Continue reading

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