PDS1 Deer Stalking Certificate 

Deer Stalking Certificate - Proficient Deer Stalking Certificate (PDS1). Nationally recognised and accredited by LANTRA and UKRS. Perfect for the beginner and an ideal way to make a start in the exciting world of Deer Stalking. 

PDS1 Deer Stalking Course

The qualification is gained either online through the 'Hunting Academy' an e-learning platform huntingacademy or during a one-day intensive course in the field. Both are suitable for beginners and non-Firearm Certificate holders, who wish to develop an understanding of the elements involved in becoming a proficient trained deer stalker. The course is also ideal for those that need to demonstrate ‘competence’ to the police when applying for a Firearms Certificate (FAC) or variation.

Both online and infield variants of the course are delivered by Peter S Jones a well recognised face in the industry, former police officer, DMQ Approved Witness & Approved Verifier (AV) in Deer Management Qualifications.

Infield courses run every week Monday - Saturday 10 - 4pm throughout the year and include our extensive training manual, rifle & ammunition, lunch and refreshments. - £425 + vat. 

For those that wish to complete the qualification online, this is acheived via the 'Hunting Academy' £395 inc vat. Follow this link for more details: deer-stalking-course

BOOK NOW for the infield version by calling the office on 0203 981 0159 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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The PDS1 (Proficient Deer Stalker Certificate Level 1 a nationally recognised course approved by LANTRA and UK Rural Skills)

Provides expert one to one tuition and is aimed at getting beginners and those relatively new to deer stalking up to speed with the fundamental skills and knowledge required to become a recreational deer stalker. Training on this intensive one-day course includes:

Practical Training

Rifle safety briefing and over 2 hours of firearms training on our full-size deer targets

Learn about good marksmanship: Rifle and optics setup, taking the shot | breathing and trigger control, shot placement and the reaction of the deer to the shot

Simulated stalking: With assistance, conduct a stalk, demonstrating visual awareness, avoiding noise, discerning wind direction and identifying safe backstops.

After the shot - simulated approach, locating deer & finding / following blood trails

Knowledge – Learn About:

UK Law - legislation affecting wild deer and firearms licensing

Rifle calibres - deer legal calibres and rifle selection

Deer identification - Recognition of the 6 species of wild deer found in the UK

Deer - Behaviour, habitat and signs and the requirements of deer control

Gralloch methodology and carcass inspection

Stalking equipment and much more!!

For more information about the Proficient Deer Stalker PDS1 Course contact the office on Tel: 0203 981 0159 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Or you can simply enrol on the course today by following this link: deer-stalking-course 




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