Firearms Training Course for Deer Stalkers

Why spend all your time punching holes in paper targets? We look at the new ‘PDS Woodland Stalker Course’ - undoubtedly the finest facility in the UK designed especially for deer stalkers.

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New for 2019, the Capreolus Club has recently thrown its doors open to what is undoubtedly the finest deer stalker training facilities in the UK, at its exclusive grounds near Crawley, West Sussex just one hour from London. 

This unique Firearm’s training facility is the only one of its type in the UK and is devoted entirely to developing the skills of UK Deer stalkers.  

There is no doubt that time spent honing your shooting technique on traditional ranges has its place; however, it would also be true to say, that shooting in only the prone position or from a bench at known distances has its limitations.  

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When hunting in the wild, the chances are, that you will encounter animals at a variety of distances and be required to shoot from a variety of positions. Unlike traditional shooting ranges, the unique ‘PDS Woodland Stalker Course’ provides attendees the un-paralleled opportunity to walk a meandering picturesque woodland trail, taking shots at strategically placed life size steel targets at a host of different ranges from 45 yards to 200 yards, all from a variety of shooting positions designed to replicate real life hunting scenarios.    

This is the best way of improving your marksmanship. Substantial investment and much thought has been given by our team of professional trainers to ensure that this superb course, which stretches for over one mile, seriously challenges your marksmanship.    

PDS Woodland Stalker Course - £245 + Vat per person 

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The day starts with tea & Coffee, and a safety briefing from one of our experienced instructors, all of whom are full time professional stalkers and ‘Approved Witnesses’ in deer management qualifications.   

Less experienced shots are first invited to learn the basics of rifle safety, the principles of marksmanship and the techniques involved in shooting from different positions, whilst more experienced shots get the chance to check zero and hone their shooting technique on the 100 metre range under the watchful eye of one of our instructors, before heading to the woodland to start the course. 

The 1/2 day course includes: 

  • Zeroing on our 100-metre range and professional instruction to help iron out any marksmanship issues 
  • Tuition on accurate shot placement 
  • Break for tea/coffee and soft drinks 
  • Over 20 targets including reactive explosive discs, steel gongs from 3 - 12 inches and life size deer targets out to 200 yards 
  • Shoot in a variety of positions including standing with sticks, prone, kneeling and freehand 
  • Duration is approximately 3-4 hours 
  • Professional tuition and assistance offered throughout.  

No Firearms Certificate, no problem, there is opportunity to use a selection of quality rifles in a variety of calibres ranging from .243, .275, .308. and 30-06 all fitted with the latest top Swarovski optics.  

Bespoke Options 

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There are three levels which make shooting the course varied, interesting and challenging for shooters of all abilities.  

Beginner: Suitable for novices or those new to rifle shooting. No time restrictions, lots of tuition and easy shooting positions. 

Intermediate: Suitable for deer stalkers who have some practical experience and want to improve their skill set. Training on how to zero and setup a rifle, generous time restrictions on some targets, training on allowing for wind and bullet drop and more. 

Advanced: Suitable for deer stalkers with more experience who want to test/hone their abilities. Tight time restrictions, challenging shooting positions and assessment of distance judgement & ballistics knowledge. 

As required the format can be tailored to create a bespoke training session to meet your needs.  

Exciting variants include shooting ‘freehand’ or just standing with sticks. For a slightly different challenge and for those who want to ‘go back to basics’ why not try shooting the course with open sights? The choice is yours. 

Don’t spend all your valuable practice time punching holes in paper targets, whether you are a beginner or an experienced hunter you will find the easily accessible, first-class ‘PDS Woodland Stalker course’ to be of huge benefit.  

The duration of the pre-course training and shooting the course is approximately 3-4 hours. Prices start at £245 + Vat for individual bookings. We can also accommodate corporate and group bookings of up to 6 rifles. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course. To book a session on this unique facility contact us on: 020 8239 7311 / 07789 747709 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

You’ll be in good hands. 

Peter Jones 150Instruction is by some of the best firearm Instructors in the business, Peter Jones is a former Metropolitan Police Detective with 10 years’ service in the MPS Crime Squads & CID. During his career, Peter specialised in firearms legislation and was awarded a 'Commendation for Bravery & Professionalism' for his handling of an armed incident, before retiring from the Police with an 'Exemplary Service Certificate'. Peter has been shooting and hunting big game throughout the UK, Europe and Africa for the last 25 years. In addition to offering expert tuition to our clients, Peter is also responsible for the training and weapon familiarisation programs we deliver to Zoo’s and Wildlife Parks throughout the UK. Peter has qualifications PDS1+2, DSC1+2 and is also an ‘Approved Witness’ for the British Deer Society in Deer Management Qualifications (DMQ).  

james Mott 150 James Mott is our other firearms trainer. James has developed and delivered professional training courses and programs for the company since 2010 and has hunted extensively throughout the UK and abroad for over 25 years. His knowledge of firearms/optics, ballistics and marksmanship is second to none and he is responsible for the CDS firearms training courses and program development. James has qualifications PDS1+2, DCS1+2 and is a BASC DMQ ‘Approved Witness’. 

To book a session on this unique facility contact us on: 020 8239 7311 / 07789 747709 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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