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
  • Qualification:

    Level 1



    Level of Study:



    • 09/07/2024 - 11/07/2024 (CL1DEER/FC01)




    Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


    09:00 - 17:00