Current CDS COVID-19 Policy
- Monday, 02 November 2020
In light of the new government guidelines we make clear County Deer Stalking & The Capreolus Club’s position in relation to deer stalking.
We have detailed the guidance as we understand it at the bottom of this article and highlighted the sections that we feel are relevant to our decision.
Firstly, One-to-One Guided Stalking & PDS 1 & 2 Courses. This is a field sport that is conducted outdoors in the countryside with one person from another household. It is good for the environment and our physical and mental wellbeing. There is nothing in the government guidelines that prohibits this from continuing uninterrupted and we continue to welcome bookings from clients and PDS 1&2 candidates.
Secondly, Unaccompanied Deer Stalking Syndicate via the Capreolus Club PLUS scheme This shall also continue as usual. As I have said before, this is the very epitome of self-isolation. Added to which in these stressful times, being able to get out of the house into the countryside, is good for both ‘body & soul’ and it is our determination to keep this going.
Indeed, this opinion has been expressed by a number of Capreolus Club members and has been made plain by the increased demand for places. Looking forward, I am pleased to say, that we have a further 500 acres in Surrey set aside should demand for syndicate places increase further as a result of the pandemic, and so have some limited places on the scheme available for club members. Follow this link to find out more: plus-scheme
Thirdly, Capreolus Club Events. I don’t suppose anyone will be too surprised to hear that the new guidelines are the final ‘death knell’ for the Capreolus Club Christmas event, which was coincidentally scheduled for the 2nd December. This is a great shame, in line with the club's reputation for hosting top-notch Christmas events, (last year was at James Purdey Guns), the club had invitations to host the event from both the historic ‘Bucks Club’ in Mayfair and from the ‘Beretta Gallery’, neither of which will now be possible. None the less, the club will look forward to rescheduling these for 2021.
In terms of the Capreolus Club’s next two overnight trips (6th/7th & 20/21st November), to Salisbury for New Forest Fallow, the club has acted fast and is delighted to have been able to reschedule these events for the: 4th/5th & 18th/19th December. These are quality events and hugely popular. Check out the latest CDS film to view the club’s October trip to these beautiful ancient woodlands: youtube.com/watch
(Editor: Peter Jones)
Government Guidance as follows:
- 1. Stay at home
This means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:
- for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
- for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
- to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place - with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household.
- for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm - such as domestic abuse
- shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
- to visit members of your support bubble care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
This list is not exhaustive and there are other limited circumstances where you may be permitted to leave or be outside of your home. These will be set out in law and further detailed guidance will be provided.
- 3. Meeting with family and friends
You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household - meaning the people you live with – or support bubble.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit outdoor public places together.
You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household.
Outdoor public places include:
- parks, beaches, countryside,
- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
You cannot meet in a private garden.