Come and learn the skills to follow, trail, sustainably shoot and butcher wild deer safely in our private woodlands which are under our managment for education and wildlife conservation.
Phil is a level 3 tracker and trailer through Cyber Tracker Conservation obtaining 97% in both disciplines and has been training clients on Bushcraft courses and Instructor Programmes for a long time now in animals tracks & sign and trailing. This coupled with his linage of working with firearms in the military for a decade and as a deer stalker since leaving the military makes this a unique course, bringing together a complete package of skills required for the deer stalker.
This course has been in my mind and under development for a long time now, so its very exciting to be finally able to offer this to our clients.
Whats it about
Some might ask why learn to shoot a deer? Well its not a easy thing to do and shouldn't be taken lightly but unfortunatley our landscape needs deer managment as we sadly no longer have any apex predators to bring balance to the woodlands. Theres never been so many deer in the countryside as there is now and the consequences of this is damaged and over browsed woods.
Another layer of complexity to this is as deer age there teeth can wear away through there coarse plant and bark diets. As the deer age they starve to death over a period of seasons. This is where predators would come in, harsh but the young and the old would be targeted, whats even more destressing is seeing young deer starve in over browsed woodlands and old deer who cant feed.
All this means that if like my family you want to be away from the modern meat industry and its practices then we can forefill the role of the predator and as humanly as possible gain acsess to one of the leanest, heathiest meats available in the world.
This course offers sound Practical training to enable you to start your journey into deer stalking, with the option to be mentored on future stalks with us whilst working towards your fire arms licence and being qualified to Deer stalk. This is also a great way to up-skill and prepare for the Ds1 if you decide to go that route.
On the course we will discuss the different routes you can take to becoming a licensed deer stalker, bearing in mind there is no practical training in actual stalking on the ds1 meaning even if you have ds1 you may find this course very insightful.
Experience If you Are a complete beginner in firearms or any of the areas covered dont worry, we cover everything you'll need on our comprehensive look at firearms handling and firearms safety throughout the course and theres a handling test prior to range work and zeroing and then again on the range itself. You'll have to pass this test as part of the course to progress to actually stalking understandably.
There's only two places available on this course at any one time to maximise the chances of success and maximize your training time.
- Introduction to a rifles
- Law and licensing
- Fire arms safety & handling
- Ammunition covered and shot .22 .303 .308
- Minute of angle
- Range Introduction
- Range safety and ear defence
- Zeroing and marksmanship
- shooting positions
- Optics, moderators and iron sights
- Rifle maintainance and cleaning
- Deer identification
- Behaviour and ecology
- woodland stalking
- High seat work
- Gralloch and carcass inspection
- Extraction options
- Trailing and deer sign
- Deer Butchery
The course is run over 3 days, however you can arrive the night before to set up your tent/tarp at our hunting/expedition style camp. Please arrive between 5pm-6pm the day before the dates given for your course where we'll meet you at the woodland entrance. Please do not enter the woods before this time.
The cost of this course is £475 per person. This includes all tuition, woodland camping, rifle hire and ammunition.
This course involves the use of firearms and is subject to the law with regards to who can possess and/or use a firearm. You'll will be asked to make declarations to this end and must ensure you are in a position to do so. This is further explained upon booking via joining instructions. You'll have to make certain declarations and abide by our code of conduct under our terms and conditions.
This course is not catered although drinking water and tea & coffee will always be available round the brew fire. further details are found in the joining instructions.
Near Heathfield East Sussex
The course is set entirely in the outdoors under the cover of canvas tarps. Approipriate warm outdoor clothing is required.
This is a adult course only.
Upon booking you'll recieve joining instructions with more course information and directions.
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Dates & times
Fri 23rd - sat 24th - Sun 25th September 2022 Full
Fri 21st - Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd October 2022 - Full
Fri 4th - Sat 5th - Sun 6th November 2022 - Full
There is usually a waiting list for this course so please email us to be added if theres no places available. Places are updated as soon as there booked, theres also other dates in the diary put aside but we only advertise them as the dates fill.
If you've never been on a course with us before it may be helpful/advisable to contact us prior to booking for this course so we can advise you on its details. We do prefer to already know the clients on this particular course.