Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1

What is special about this course?

This 2 day course covers the 7 key aspects of deer management both practical and theoretical.

Entry requirements

All participants must hold appropriate insurance and must not be barred from holding a firearm. 

A Firearms Certificate is not required.

Some experience of working with deer is desirable, as well as a working knowledge of the British Deer Society Training Manual for Deer Stalkers.

  • Deer biology and ecology
  • Identification of deer species
  • Relevant legislation
  • Deer stalking
  • Health and safety considerations
  • Shooting

How will I study my course?

  • Flexible

The course is a combination of theory and practical so expect classroom sessions and hill sessions.

How long will my course last?

2 Days

An introductory half day, plus 2 days over a weekend. Full attendance is essential.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date

This course can be scheduled through any of our ten college centres depending on numbers. Call your local college centre for up to date information and to express your interest.



The cost includes most materials and equipment.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You could progress on to Deer Stalking Certificate Level 2

This qualification will put you in a better position if seeking work on a shooting estate.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1

To apply for this course, please contact your

local college centre.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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