Deer stalker, qualified assessor and volunteer Laurie Walton has been awarded the inaugural Deer Management Qualifications (DMQ) Cup at this year’s Game Fair at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire.
Laurie has spent the majority of his professional life employed as a stalker over the North West Water Board catchment area. He has sacrificed his own time to apply his knowledge and skills to the benefit of the DMQ, by supporting and encouraging countless novice deer stalkers.
He is both a qualified Assessor and Approved Witness, becoming a great ambassador for the deer stalking certificate awards.
The biennial DMQ Cup has been created to celebrate and reward those who have provided meritorious service to both the organisation and the wider deer sector.
John Thornley, DMQ chair, said: “Over the decades Laurie has given up his time voluntarily to the benefit of deer stalking, and in doing so has become a greatly respected individual in the sector. This award begins to pay back the recognition Laurie deserves.”
Image (L to R) is John Thornley (DMQ chair), Laurie Walton, Nick Lane (BASC senior training officer).