Project Description

Whatever stage people are at, the Deer HUB’s wide range of training options enables deer stalkers, at their own pace, to develop their skills and access the knowledge required to become a deer stalker that’s confident, knowledgeable and skilful. Our training courses are available to all.

Learning fieldcraft, deer behaviour and identification, carcass inspection and gralloching through to carcass preparation and putting venison on the table for you and your family is an exciting journey.

The Deer HUB facilitates industry qualifications which run alongside our own highly developed and accessible training lead by our friendly team of experienced professional deerstalkers. The HUB’s training director monitors the progress of our clients and members and issues award certificates upon completion of a level.

Please Note: We do not expect people to do all our courses/training, if they can demonstrate they have experience of the subject and/or they have attended a similar/equivalent training course from another recognised provider.

The Deer HUB issues the following awards:

Competent Deer Stalker Awards*

Level 1 | Foundation Skills

Level 2 | Intermediate Stalker

Level 3 | Advanced Stalker

*We recommend that people take the Deer Stalkers Certificate 1(DSC1) sometime between achieving our Level 1 and 2, and the Deer Stalkers Certificate 2(DSC2) during or after achieving our Level 2. DSC1 courses available in the South by BASC and BDS are listed on the events page on the website. HUB professional stalkers (4 of which are accredited Approved Witnesses (AW’s) for DMQ) are available to assess people for their DSC2 award.

Competent Deer Stalker Award| Level 1 | Foundation Skills

Achievement: to have a basic knowledge of rifle shooting and safety; stalking techniques; basic deer identification; be aware of the law pertaining to deer and firearms ownership.

Training/courses required to complete Level 1:

  • Attendance on our one-day training course and successful completion of the shooting and theory tests at the end of the day.

Competent Deer Stalker Award | Level 2 | Intermediate Stalker

Achievement: to have good rifle shooting skills and safety; stalk on foot and from a high seat; be able to assess land for safe shooting; be able to stalk unaccompanied; identify basic age, species and despatch five(5) deer (of any species) proficiently; effectively follow up deer; hygienically gralloch deer; check a deer’s age, condition any diseases present; transport deer; larder deer ready to go into the food chain; be able to set up a larder/chiller facility; skin and butcher a deer into primary parts in the field/larder; complete 6 hours of non-shooting observation conducted in the field plus write-up/photo; Pass level 2 test and assessment.

Training/courses usually required to complete Level 2:

  • Stalking Sessions as required
  • Intermediate Firearms course
  • Rifle Maintenance Course
  • High Seat Course
  • Land Appraisal Course
  • Deer Identification Course
  • Larder/chiller Course
  • Field/Larder Butchery Course

Competent Deer Stalker Award | Level 3 | Advanced Stalker

Achievement: to have advanced rifle shooting skills; be able to strip down clean and reassemble a rifle/scope combination; be able to stalk unaccompanied, follow up deer and extract carcasses in challenging environments (highland/hill, forestry and or woodland);  be proficient at identifying a deer’s age, species and sex in the field at distance; dispatch four(4) deer species proficiently with minimal carcass damage (Red, Fallow/Sika, Roe and Muntjac/CWD; hygienically and neatly gralloch deer; check a deer’s age, condition and any diseases present; larder deer ready to go into the food chain; be able to skin and butcher a deer proficiently;  plan and manage a deer management session/day; be able to write a deer management plan and participate in a deer population census; be able to confidently guide novice stalkers and teach good practice; complete 12 hours of non-shooting observation conducted in the field plus write-up/photos. Pass level 3 test and assessment.

Training/courses usually required to complete Level 3:

  • Stalking Sessions as required
  • Advanced Firearms Course
  • Deer Management Course
  • Rifle Maintenance Course
  • Highland/Hill Course
  • Deer Head Course
  • Advanced Butchery Course

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Group training/courses, found in our event calendar

This is a fully certified Ofqual accredited training course which has been specially adapted for Deer Stalkers and is run by an experienced stalker. Includes certification, 2 training manuals, refreshments and lunch. This course covers the EFAW content as well as training for Crush Injuries, Hypothermia/Exposure, Lyme’s Disease, Catastrophic Bleeding using Tourniquets, Haemostatics and Compression Bandages (including Gun Shot Wounds) and Casualty Evacuation Planning.

Learn about deer anatomy, ageing deer (in the field at distance and on the ground), characteristics, mannerism’s, vocalisations and how to identify/sex all six species of deer in the UK.

This course in conducted in the field. Learn how to map land for safe shooting, boundaries, hazards, assess, extraction points and assess the land for deer species present, signs of deer and their impact on the habitat. Includes land maps, deer impact and risk assessment sheets.

Learn about all aspects of deer management, including Deer cull planning and management, record keeping, deer population census techniques, impact and habitat assessments and more. Day 1 includes participation in a live deer census.

Learn how to stalk the highland/hill environment for Red deer, the UK’s largest native land mammal. Day 1 is training on survival methods, comms, extraction equipment and a session honing your skills spotting, stalking and selecting suitable cull animals. Day two/three is an all-day session stalking, selecting and dispatching cull animals and extracting deer off the hill. Day 2 and/or 3 can be conducted under DSC2 witness conditions.

Get in some practice gralloching a number of carcasses and really get to grips with checking for condition, diseases present (or not) and gralloching hygienically, efficiently and neatly under the watchful eye of our professional trainers. This training is usually carried out following a HUB deer management event.

This training is done in a professional larder facility. Learn how to skin and butchery a carcass into its primary parts hygienically and transport home.

Learn how a professional larder and chiller facility is specified and set up, meeting hygiene, food and health and safety requirements. This course also deals with hygiene, deer storage and processing at home.

Learn how to skin and butcher your own deer into primary parts, how to de-bone, prepare choice steaks, rolled joints, mince and burgers ready for cooking. Includes marinating and cooking recipes and tips in our fact sheets.

Book on demand – anytime

Hone your field-craft skills, follow up on shot deer, aging deer, checking condition, identifying disease (or not), gralloching and carcass extraction. All stalk sessions with the Deer HUB are 3 hours+ and include structured training throughout. Following each session you will be emailed a ‘Stalk Appraisal’ sheet as a record of the stalk. Costs are £275 which includes any animal(s) shot on the session. Venison charged for in addition.

Attend our one day training, specifically designed for beginners and those new to deer stalking. This course teaches rifle safety, marksmanship, shooting positions, stalking techniques, deer identification, deer shooting seasons, stalking equipment and clothing, firearms licensing and the law pertaining to deer and firearms ownership. The first part of the day is spent in the field concentrating on finding your way around a rifle and scope and learning marksmanship techniques for dead accurate shooting. This is followed by a live fire session shooting from stalkers sticks, bench and high seat. We then retire to a local pub for lunch. We stay in the pub for the afternoon, where we go through our extensive manual and take a short test at the end of the day. Course includes refreshments throughout the day, lunch and our Level 1 manual and certificate.

Use of our 100 – 300 yard range with an experienced instructor for zeroing, tightening your groups and honing your skills on paper and reactive steel deer targets. We also carry an extensive tool kit and can help you set up a rifle/scope combination from scratch and or adjust your equipment as required.

This training is done in the field following a successful stalk and dispatch of a deer. Learn how to suspend, skin and butcher a carcass into its primary parts hygienically and transport home.

This training is done in a professional larder facility. Learn how to skin and butchery a carcass into its primary parts hygienically and transport home.

Learn how to position and erect high seats, health and safety considerations and how to shoot effectively from a seat. This course can be added before or after a stalk session and includes a shooting test.

Learn how to skin, boil and clean a deer head and take measurements yourself on 4 different species to find out how the heads will score for the BASC/CIC award system. From our collection of skulls, you’ll also analysis heads for defects/abnormalities and ageing by teeth inspection. This course is run by our own deer HUB qualified BASC head measurer.

Learn how to completely strip down a rifle, clean the barrel, lubricate and reassemble the rifle, scope mounts and riflescope. Includes safety checks on components, a session on the range to zero and gun storage.

Hone your shooting technique, how to quickly and accurately zero a rifle, riflescope setup, shooting freehand and how to adjust for bullet drop and ‘hold over’ shooting up to 200 yards from a bench, prone and using stalkers sticks. Includes fact sheets and shoot test.

Hone your shooting technique, accurate shot placement, shoot consistent tight groups, allow for wind, shoot freehand and shoot confidently at extended range (up to 300 yards) from a bench, prone and using stalkers sticks. Includes fact sheets and shoot test.