Top things to bring on a stalking outing

To the uninitiated, deer stalking presents many unanswered questions: Which species can be shot when? What do you do with a dead deer? What equipment is needed? What training is available? Like anything a little knowledge and advice from the right people can help put you on the correct course and prevent you wasting time and money.

We run a series of introductory stalking days. On these days you will need to demonstrate safety with a rifle and accuracy at shooting a deer target in a five-inch circle. (Don't worry: we will be right there with you, helping you get it right.)   Once you have safely mastered the rifle and have shown an aptitude for marksmanship, it is time to go and see if stalking is for you.

If you decide to join us here is a primer on what to bring:

1. Comfortable, warm quiet clothes

You don't need to turn up in full camouflage. Clothing that is warm & waterproof is ideal. It's even better if it doesn't make too much noise when you, walk, crawl & creep. Clothing can be any muted colour, though most people wear greens and blues.

2. Hat and gloves - it’s amazing how your hands and face stand out.

A flat cap or baseball cap is ideal. Covering up your face and hands helps conceal you from deer.

3. Binoculars

It doesn't matter if you don't have your own binos or of you need to borrow our pair we keep for guests, great binoculars are absolutely key.  Bino specifications can be a bit confusing but those with good light gathering are important – 8x40s or or 10x40s are ideal.

4. Patience

Deer stalking takes time. You might walk through 100 yards of woodland in half an hour, looking for deer resting in the undergrowth.

5. Shoes

Walking boots and wellies are great in wet weather, but if you come out in there summer do come in lighter shoes - you'll feel the ground better and that, in turn, will help you avoid snapping twigs.

Gavin Lockhart-Mirams