Proficient Deer Stalker Training

Proficient Stalker Certificate 250Pioneered in 2014 our series of 'Proficient Deer Stalker' (PDS) training courses, offer a unique level of practical training in the field, for those who wish to develop their skills and become proficient deer stalkers.

(Above/Left: The popular 'Proficient Deer Stalker Level 1' Certificate - PDS1) 

Each course is designed to enable you to progress further in becoming an accomplished, trained hunter. We offer expert advice and assistance for all new Firearms Certificate (FAC) applicants and all of our professional trainers are 'Approved Witnesses' in 'Deer Management Qualifications'.

Booking

To book one of our PDS training courses, or for more information, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Luis Passos on 01403 790244.

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are available throughout the year for all our Deer Stalking training courses and are the perfect present for anyone with a love of the great outdoors. Simply call Luis Passos on 01403 790244 and we’ll produce your personalised  gift voucher and email it to you. All gift vouchers are valid for 12 months.

Proficient Deer Stalker Training Courses

PDS level 1

The PDS1 Certificate is perfect for the beginner and an ideal way to make a start into the exciting world of Deer Stalking. 

The qualification is gained during a one day intensive course that is suitable for beginners and non Firearm Certificate holders, who wish to develop an understanding of the elements involved in becoming a proficient 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.

Courses run Monday - Friday 10 - 5pm throughout the year. Cost £595 and includes our extensive training manual, rifle & ammunition, lunch and refreshments.

See below for more detailed information about this course.

PDS level 2

Designed to follow on from our PDS1 course. The PDS2 is for beginners and intermediate stalkers who are seeking to develop their fieldcraft and practical stalking skills in the field.

Completion of the PDS2 demonstrates dedication and live stalking ‘experience’, an element that is often required by the police before granting an FAC. Duration 3 – 12 months. Cost £1,975.

See below for more detailed information about this course.

PDS Mentored Stalking

Beginner/Intermediate. All our stalks are accompanied by an experienced professional guide who will teach you fieldcraft skills and a structured approach to gralloching and checking for disease. Duration 3 hours. Cost £155 + Success fees

PDS Land Assessment

Beginner/intermediate. Learn to assess stalking land like a pro; Safe places to shoot, hazards, where to place high seats, what species are present, stalk tactics and more. Duration 3 hours (morning or afternoon). Cost £295

PDS Woodland Stalker

woodland stalker range day 2

Beginner/intermediate. Stalk a realistic hunting scenario but instead of live quarry we use interactive steel discs and life size steel Muntjac targets. This course starts with a briefing and features targets strategically placed along woodland path and a gorge at distances up to 150 yards. Test your observation skills, safety, distance judgement and holdover technique. Duration 1 hour. Cost £155. More Information

PDS Woodland Stalker Pro

For intermediate/advanced stalkers. Similar to above, but this time we up the anti and stalk over 1.5 miles and shoot at targets out to 400 yards. This is designed to seriously test your observation skills, safety, distance judgement, holdover technique, knowledge of ballistics and wind and the ability to shoot at range. Duration 2 hours. Cost £295. More information

No FAC, no problem. We have a selection of quality rifles available to use which are all fitted with the latest Swarovski optics including .243 Winchester , .275 Rigby, .308 and 30-06 Springfield. A Certificate is awarded on the successful completion of each training course. Courses are usually one on one (although we can take up to 3 people on some courses if required) and run Mon – Sat throughout the year.

In addition to our training courses, CDS has its own official members club – the Capreolus Club. This is a friendly environment where members both beginner or experienced can develop friendships, hone their skills on the 100 – 600 yard Century range at Bisley, participate in deer management days throughout the autumn/winter months, stalk unaccompanied over thousands of acres on our member PLUS scheme, attend social gatherings and go on trips around the world hunting everything from deer, wild boar to African plains/dangerous game.

For more information about our Proficient Deer Stalker (PDS) training courses OR the benefits of joining our Capreolus Club contact our office on 01403 790244 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stalking Regions 4

Proficient Deer Stalker Level 1 £595

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!!

Proficient Deer Stalker Level 2 £1,975*

This series of stalk outings and training is a mentoring service to develop the knowledge and practical skills of the stalker in the field over a period of 3-12 months. Putting the level 1 training into practice, the hunter will now put his rifle and stalking skills to the test, work on species identification, ageing deer in the field, learning to control adrenaline when taking the shot and become competent at gralloching, ageing deer and carcase inspection.

Stalk Outings and Training

5 x 3 hour mentored stalk sessions with the shooting, follow up, ageing, gralloch & carcase inspection of at least 2 shot animals*

Advanced firearms 1/2 day training session - learn about adjusting for wind, zeroing, shooting at angles, point blank range, holdover technique, tightening groups and accurate shooting to 300 yards. This session is followed by lunch at a local pub and theory based training/test.

Stalk land assessment 1/2 day training

Proficient Deer Stalker Level 2 stalk training sessions are one to one and arranged at the stalkers convenience any time within a one year period. Level 2 includes a course manual and a written record of stalks charting the stalkers progress throughout the training.  A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the training.

*Cull animals include Fallow does & prickets, Muntjac and Roe does. Palmated Fallow, Roe and  Muntjac bucks will be charged for at current CDS rates. The course is completed when the trainee has attended all the training sessions and successfully despatched a minimum of 2 deer. If this is not achieved during the allotted sessions, additional stalks required to complete the course will be charged at £135 per session. Upon request, PDS2 training costs of £1975 can be paid in instalments – please contact us for details

For more information about the Proficient Deer Stalker Courses contact the office on Tel: 01403 790244 / 0208 239 7311 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Call us on 01403 790244 or drop us a line here with any enquiries or to provisonally book your outing or training course.

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