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BASC: Defra changes deer close season thanks to BASC lobbying

Defra has announced that it will now be extending the season for deer by four weeks, instead of two weeks as originally planned. This follows lobbying by BASC and other stalking and deer organisations.

The changes have been published in the Regulatory Reform Order's scrutiny committee report this afternoon.

BASC's Deer Officer, Alan McCormick, said; "We are really pleased that the open season will be extended by four weeks instead of two which was originally proposed. BASC spent a lot of time talking to the government about this issue and in the latter stages of the lobbying process; we collaborated with other organisations to push for this critical measure to be extended to four weeks."

Other changes to the deer laws include: allowing smaller calibre rifles to be used to shoot Chinese Water Deer and Muntjac and allowing licensed taking of deer out of season and at night to protect natural heritage, preserve public health and safety, or prevent serious property damage.

Alan McCormick said; "We are disappointed that stalkers still won't be able to use .22 centrefires for shooting roe but overall we are very happy with these changes to the deer laws. They will hopefully strike the right balance between conserving deer and addressing the problems they cause."

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