LANTRA – Deer Stalker Development Training

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

Deer Stalking Development

(including Meat Hygiene of Large & Small Game qualification)


In building this important training course we have distilled the knowledge and experience of our best deer stalkers into the essential elements that make them consistently successful.  These are the same hunting skills that have been used since man first walked the Earth and these skills were the difference between eating or going hungry. 

Over three days, you can immerse yourself in the important knowledge and field-based skills, learning the tips, tricks and techniques that will transform your stalking techniques, your personal achievements, your enjoyment and your success in the field.  There is no other dedicated course like this in the UK.  It is a LANTRA-approved training course so carries a certificate of training for the successful delegates. 

Five reasons why this course is for you: 

  • When you go stalking you “bump” deer and you feel frustrated that you aren’t getting the right results
  • You want to improve your deer stalking but you aren’t sure how
  • You want to take advantage of years of professional knowledge, experience and equipment in as efficient way as possible
  • You want to learn proven techniques used by professionals which you can apply to your stalking immediately and produce results
  • You want to receive the best training available from a company that is at the leading edge of deer management and deer stalker training in the UK


You will receive TWO Lantra Training Certificates on completion of this course – the first for “Deer Stalking Development” and the second for “Meat Hygiene of Large & Small Game“.

The course content includes: 

  • Deer stalking as a sport and profession – The course overview
  • The BIG mistakes made by almost all stalkers and why they occur
  • Deer sense and biology, and why they do what they do
  • Fieldcraft
  • Equipment choice: what you really need
  • Rifle set-up
  • Practical stalking in woodland and open range environments
  • Reading the wind and how it affects your planning
  • Shot placement: reactions, effects and consequences
  • Practical shooting positions that work in the field
  • Marksmanship requirements in relation to your quarry
  • Tips on how to improve without spending any money!
  • Ageing and selecting live deer, cull considerations
  • Cull sequencing as an aid to improving results in the field
  • Carcass management for a quality product
  • Ethics in a modern world
  • An option to stalk Fallow, Sika, Roe and Muntjac on our local estates

 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 Location


Course Dates Available

19th – 21st May 2023 

24th – 26th August 2023

24th – 26th November 2023



All delegates must have their own rifle, scope and ammunition


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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Unit 2, Chilbolton Down Farm, Stockbridge SO20 6BU

01264 811155