Deer Management Course

A truly holistic experience with the UK's leading deer management professionals, and in the most friendly, relaxed and informative atmosphere

Deer Management Course

This nationally recognised course – a customised provision approved by LANTRA AWARDS – is now in its tenth year. It is designed to enhance your knowledge and understanding in deer control and management at professional level, not only from the deer stalker’s angle, but from the estate management viewpoint.  It will increase your understanding of the complex issues that are crucial to appreciating how biodiversity, land-use, forestry and deer presence interact, and therefore how they can be managed without detriment to one another.

Who is it for:

The DMC course is specifically designed for those with some experience in deer management, especially those who wish to increase their professional portfolio, it is of equal benefit to those who may be seeking a career in professional deer and wildlife management. 

Those involved in the formulation and implementation of management strategies, land agents, managers and indeed owners who are seeking to reduce negative impact on agricultural and forestry crops, take advantage of the current Forestry Commission woodland grant schemes (WS1) or generally enhance estate incomes will find this course highly beneficial.

This highly acclaimed course content covers critical classroom-based theory as well as important practical field experience: 

  • Deer Management overview
  • Deer as part of the wider wildlife management program & Trophic Cascades
  • Land designations & land-use implications for deer management
  • Deer damage identification & damage assessment techniques
  • Deer impact assessment techniques
  • Habitat management & manipulation for wild deer control
  • Deer management planning, from concept to delivery, inc. WS1 applications
  • Understanding population & meta-population dynamics
  • Practical deer census techniques and evaluation
  • Cull & Observation records and using the information.
  • Large-scale and intensive culling operations
  • On-the-hoof ageing, cull selection and genetic improvement of wild & park deer
  • Reproductive status assessment and using the information gained
  • Wild, park & farmed deer health surveillance and management
  • Habitat manipulation for deer control & management



 LANTRA is one of the leading awarding bodies for land-based industries in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  Lantra is accredited by the British Standards Institution (BSI) for ISO 9001:2015 and ISMS 27001:2013 for Skills+.  It is also recognised by Ofqual, SQA, and Qualification Wales.



Course Locations

Stockbridge, Hampshire & 

North Yorkshire


2024 Course Dates Available

Hampshire – 8th – 10th March      N. Yorkshire – 22nd-24th March       Hampshire – 10th – 12th May      Hampshire – 11th -13th October     N. Yorkshire – 18th -20th October     

 Bespoke courses also considered Contact us for details 




Delegates must have some stalking experience


Eligibility for the course

Anyone can take this course

Request more information about this course

Call 01264 811155 or fill out the form below

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Dan N – Newbury

“After completing your course, my knowledge and confidence is sky high. As a result I have just landed a massive estate in Lincolnshire. Thanks for everything.”

David M – Lincolnshire

Unit 2, Chilbolton Down Farm, Stockbridge SO20 6BU

01264 811155