What will I learn?
Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1 – This 3-day course provides an ideal training package for a new stalker and also the opportunity for skills development and accreditation for those with some experience. The course covers and assesses;
Deer biology and ecology – the life and reproductive cycles, habitat requirements and behaviour of the UKs six species of wild deer.
The law – the use of firearms and the legalities of culling wild deer.
Stalking techniques and taking the shot – a theoretical knowledge and basics of stalking techniques, points of aim and the reaction of the deer to shot placement.
Deer identification – an ability to identify the six species of deer normally found wild in the UK, being able to distinguish between the male and female of each species throughout the year
Safety- the safe handling of firearms and other tools and equipment in the stalking environment. Including the use of knives and extraction equipment.
Shooting – an ability to shoot accurately and consistently in a simulated stalking environment with a deer legal centrefire rifle
Large Game Meat Hygiene – the legal requirements and knowledge of the inspection process for deer carcasses entering the food chain