Advanced Culling Techniques (ACT)

Advanced Culling Techniques

Awarding Body:

In House Certificate

Training course type:

Training and assessment

Novice training course duration:

1 day

Novice candidate numbers:

This comprehensive course is limited to 12 attendees to allow personalised instruction where necessary, and upon completion of the course, there will be a short test of understanding

Card options:

Upon completion of the course, you will receive an in house certificate of completion. Where required, we can also assist with FAC applications and variations

Minimum age:

Not available to Prohibited Persons (for reasons of gun control)


All delegates must ideally have their own rifle, scope and ammunition, but an estate rifle can be provided if required.



What is the Advanced Culling Techniques (ACT) Course?

The deer control and management landscape has changed over the last decade and is set to change rapidly. The Government’s tree planting and carbon sequestration plans are now underway to help

reverse the climate emergency. Our specialist team have been dynamic enough to respond to the needs of deerstalkers considering the changing landscape. But we have been robust enough to meet the challenges from inside and outside the industry.

The national deer population is increasing at its highest rate ever. The COVID pandemic has been instrumental in causing the numbers of wild deer to spiral out of control. Our wildlife training partners make it their business to identify changes in the industry that affect deer controllers and management efficiency. This new course is designed to equip deerstalkers with the skills and knowledge needed to be consistently efficient at culling deer. It is with this in mind that our Advanced Culling Techniques (ACT) Course was born.

Our trainers are distinct from almost all other training providers in the UK. All our training is developed from a solid foundation of over 40 years of professional experience in all aspects of wild, park and

farmed deer management. Our Deer Control Technicians and training instructors share one common aim – to deliver the finest training in the UK.


What does the training course include?

  • Priorities of safety, animal welfare & maximising opportunities
  • Shot placement & practical shooting to extended range
  • Calibre & bullet choices – The pros and cons of equipment choice
  • Shooting from ground and mobile positions to achieve top results in field conditions
  • Working as part of a team: The benefits and the challenges
  • Communications in the field to increase operational efficiency
  • Pre-shooting briefings: how they are conducted and why they are important
  • Essential marksmanship skills that will transform your shooting efficiency
  • Dealing with shooting emergencies and basic first aid in the field
  • Deer behaviour and how to use it to improve culling efficiency
  • Simulated culling: exposing you to unexpected challenges
  • Dealing with wounded deer and Humane Animal Dispatch (HAD) in the field
  • Deer Stalking from high seats (Subject to satisfactory marksmanship results)

Recognised industries:

Agriculture, Public Sector, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, Land based industry, Food & beverage, hospitality, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying, Utilities, Councils, Shooting, Corporate, Sports, Estates

Known as:

Game cookery course, game butchery course

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