Training & Courses

At Corinium, we have established ourselves as the UK’s leading provider of training resources for deer stalking and driven boar shooting. We can offer a tailored package for any level of shooter. We are BASC-approved trainers and are regularly assessed by them to make sure our standards are the highest possible.


 

INTRODUCTION TO RIFLE SHOOTING (ITRS)

This isn’t a course as such, but an introduction for novices to get hands-on with larger calibre rifles. In an hour, you will experience target acquisition and shot placement. This is an ideal “something different” birthday or Christmas present for the individual wishing to try rifle shooting.

£45 plus rifle hire and ammunition (see below), 1 hour. Contact us for a one-to-one appointment.

 

FIREARMS AWARENESS TRAINING

This course is aimed at the novice with an interest in starting rifle shooting and who will apply for their FAC. There are individuals who can supply a basic introduction to sporting firearms but only BASC have a structured course to give individuals a proper insight into the sport with both classroom based tutorials as well as practical and hands on modules.

The course includes:

This is a BASC-approved course and can only be taught by approved trainers.

£125, 3 hours. Contact us for a one-to-one appointment.


PRE LEVEL 1

We hope that any potential deerstalker will be serious enough to go on to take a recognised qualification such as the DSC level 1, but we also realise that each of them must start somewhere.

We offer a BASC-approved pre-Level 1 course that deals with basic rifle knowledge, legal requirements and deer in general, and leads up to the level 1 course. It includes familiarisation with firearms including an insight into and practice for the level 1 shooting test. It covers most aspects of the level 1 course being based around the recognised training manual.

£195, 1 day. Contact us for the next scheduled course.

 

LEVEL 1 SHOOTING TEST

Level 1 shooting test practice is also available, using the correct silhouette target and includes coaching in the various positions used during the test. This can be invaluable to gain confidence in the different shooting positions required to attain a pass in this module.

£50, 1 hour plus rifle hire and ammunition (see below). Contact us for a one-to-one appointment

 

DSC LEVEL 1 - The backbone of deerstalking qualifications.

Following on from the Pre-Level 1, the DSC1 course is also BASC-approved. It comprises a three-day course, run in a friendly and relaxed environment at Charlton Village Hall, approximately 3 miles from the Range. Paul is noted for his no-nonsense approach and renowned for providing some light-hearted banter, that all combine to make the learning experience more enjoyable. The shooting test takes place on our own Range in small groups, enabling candidates to relax and shoot more accurately. An estate rifle and ammunition can be provided for those that require it, as well as recommendations on local hotels. Lunch can also be arranged. To see the venue & classroom please click here.

Cost - £300.00, 3 days. Includes the training manual, revision notes and DVD covering deer ecology and recognition. 

Deposit of £150 required, with the balance due a month before the course.

Those that require the use of the estate rifle will also be charged for the ammunition used for their shooting test on the day, (min 9 rounds, max 27 rounds) at £1 per round. Rifle hire is FOC.

Next scheduled dates: 

August 18th-20th 2018 - fully booked, cancellation places are no longer available.

December 15th-17th 2018 - limited places available.

March 16th-18th 2019 - places available.

June 8th-10th 2019 - places available.

September 7th-9th 2019 - places available.

December 7th-9th 2019 - places available.

 

To book please email here, or call 07970 752275.

 

PRE-LEVEL 2 - CARCASS HANDLING AND GRALLOCHING COURSE (CHAG)

This is a relatively new but much sought after and popular course. Many clients, having first gained their Level 1 certificate, ask us about a carcass handling demonstration, from the gralloch and inspection, through to producing a carcass fit to enter the food chain.

Most of us take this for granted, with novices often having to learn the hard way.

With this in mind, we now provide a course that will give individuals a deeper insight into carcass handling, extraction, gralloching and inspection. This will give a valuable insight into techniques required to go on and complete DSC Level 2, as well as providing carcasses suitable to enter the human food chain. A certificate of attendance will be issued that can be added to a Level 2 portfolio.

Held in small and ethical deer parks, the dates and venues are absolutely dependent on the Park Management cull program, so dates cannot be scheduled too far in advance.

Cost - £250 or £295 (Subject to venue and shooting), 1 day. Deposit of £150 required, with the balance due a month before the course. A light breakfast is provided, but not lunch.

 

To register your interest please email here, or call 07970 752275. We will then contact you when another course is scheduled.

 

DSC LEVEL 2

Perceived as the pinnacle of deerstalking qualifications, level 2 requires three witnessed stalks that demonstrate stalking ability as well as carcass handling, inspection and preparation, each assessed by a DMQ Approved Witness. These stalks are then entered in to a portfolio, which could contain other such evidence that has been gathered prior to the submission of the portfolio to the assessment centre. Such evidence may include cull records as well as evidence from other stalks, (butchers letter), or the Handling Course such as the one we offer in the Pre-Level 2 Course.

Having built up the necessary experience and confidence, we can then arrange the necessary witnessed stalks, and can either travel to a candidate’s own ground or can help with ground over which to stalk a relevant animal.

Please contact us for details, email here, or call 07970 752275.

 

STALKERS TRAINING PROGRAMME

It is a sad fact that police constabularies are looking for some kind of training or experience before granting Firearms certificates. For years, the DSC Level 1 has been the go-to course and we now teach several courses a year. 

But what about the gaps, what about pre DSC1, Firearms awareness training, Humane dispatch? Often a course alone won’t be ‘good reason’ enough, with experience on the ground or guided stalking a requirement. In reality, the police really aren’t concerned whether you can hit a 4” area on a deer, what they are concerned with is hitting it safely! Demonstrating good reason is seldom enough these days, experience and training is what often constabulries often requre.

With this in mind and having taken advice from several licensing authorities, we have put together a training program that takes candidates from start to finish so to speak, and provides a solid grounding along with documented progress and a portfolio of qualifications that will not only give the stalker all the information and training required, but give concrete evidence to police constabularies for firearms certificate applications.

The package includes:

Membership of a Home Office approved club

5 hours range time, including 100 rounds ammunition

Firearms Awareness Training Course

Guided Stalks

DSC Level 1 course

Carcass Handling and Gralloching course discount

On completion of the program, all candidates will receive a full portfolio to include:

The cost of the entire program is £1000: a significant saving when compared to a combination of elements. As you progress through the training, you will receive certificates relevant to modules covered to add to your portfolio as ongoing evidence to support FAC applications, variations and/or general interest.

Places on the program are very limited. We are widely acknowledged as one of the leading firearms trainers in the UK, with many years experience under our belts, we talk from experience and lead the way in initiatives like this.

 

Use of the Estate Rifle

£10 per session, free to members

 

Ammunition

Target ammunition in .308 may be purchased for practice at £1 per round. Please enquire for other calibres.