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 one of only a few BASC-approved Trainers and Assessors, and are regularly assessed by BASC to ensure our standards are the highest possible.
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This isn’t a course as such, but an introduction for novices to get hands-on with larger calibre rifles, and for those who wish apply for an FAC. In an hour, you will experience target acquisition and shot placement. This is also an ideal “something different” birthday or Christmas present for the individual wishing to try rifle shooting, and can be purchased as a gift voucher.
Weekdays £137.50, Weekends £147.50, Inc rifle hire and 25 rounds of ammunition, per person, 1 hour.
DSC Level 1 and BASC Wild Boar Course shooting test practice is critical to anyone looking to take either course. We use the correct DMQ silhouette targets and include coaching in the various positions used during the test. This can be invaluable to the individual, who will gain confidence in the different shooting positions required to attain a pass in this module within the real test.
Members - Weekdays £80, Weekends £90, per person, 1 hour plus ammunition (see below).
Non-members - Weekdays £90, Weekends £100, per person, 1 hour plus rifle hire and ammunition (see below).
As one of only a few BASC-approved trainer/assessors, our course follows a three-day format, run in a friendly and relaxed environment at The Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, approximately six 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 and safety tests 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, and we can advise on local hotels.
You’ll be in a classroom for the first 2 days, and on the 3rd day we conclude any presentations, take the 3 written exams, (Identification, General and Game Meat Hygiene), then go to the range for the Shooting and Safety tests. All of the answers you could possibly be asked in your exams are in the pack we will send on registering. You just need to do some homework before attending.
DSC1 Cost - £300.00, 3 days. Includes comprehensive BASC DSC1 paper training manual, revision notes, DVD covering deer ecology and recognition. An USB with the manual in digital format is available at an additional £30.
In addition, when booking a DSC1 course with us you will enjoy member-rates for the shooting test tuition, (see Shooting Practice & Mock Test above), and on completion of the course you will receive a voucher for £25 towards one of our popular Carcass Handling & Gralloching Courses, (See CHAG below). Also, should you happen to fail a module, we offer the opportunity to take up to 2 individual module test resits free of charge, when taken on a test day, (worth £25).
Deposit of £150 required, with the balance due one month before the course.
Those requiring use of the estate rifle will also be charged on the day of the test for the ammunition used, (min 6 rounds, max 12 rounds plus a few used for practice), at £1.50 per round. Rifle hire is FOC.
Next scheduled dates:
December 9th-11th 2023 - Cancellation places only, please enquire.
March 1st-3rd 2024 - ONE PLACE LEFT!
April 5th-7th 2024 - Places available.
August 9th-11th 2024 - Places available.
November 30th - December 2nd 2024 - Places available.
Cancellation, Rescheduling and Reallocation Policy
Should there be insufficient bookings, we reserve the right to cancel, or where possible reschedule, the course. In the interests of fairness we will aim to notify candidates of cancellation/rescheduling as soon as possible before the advertised start date. In the event of a candidate being unable to make the rescheduled date a full refund may be given, less the cost of the training pack. We strongly recommend that any accommodation you book is on a refundable basis, as we will not be responsible for any losses incurred in the event of the course being cancelled. If for any reason you cancel your place on the course then the following charges will apply:- Reallocation to another course more than 3 calendar months before the course start date £25. Cancellation more than 3 calendar months before the course start date £50. Reallocation less than 3 calendar months £90. Cancellation less than 3 calendar months but more than 6 calendar weeks £150. Cancellation less than 6 calendar weeks before the course start date £200. Please note that there will be a non-returnable charge of £45 for the training pack in the event of cancellation. Reallocation must be scheduled within a calendar year of the original course date for the above charges to apply. Other scenarios or exceptional circumstances considered.
An experienced candidate may wish to undertake the assessment only, without the training. This is possible by booking onto an assessment day only. Further details and costs are available on request.
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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 per person, 1 day. Deposit of £150 required, with the balance due a month before the course. A light breakfast is provided, but please bring a packed lunch. Full details will be sent once you’re fully signed up.
Full carcasses are available to purchase at dealer rates.
Perceived as the pinnacle of deerstalking qualifications, DSC Level 2 requires one witnessed stalk that demonstrates competence in stalking/shooting, carcass handling, inspection and preparation, and deer law and ecology previously learned in DSC Level 1.
Having built up the necessary experience and confidence with 20-30 successful culls, we can then arrange the witnessed stalk travelling to a candidate’s own ground.
This provides a fully supervised and private one-to-one session with use of all equipment, and includes advice and guidance. Teaching you the basics of reloading ammunition and the principles of problem solving and bespoke loads.
Half day - 3 hours Members - Weekdays £240, Weekends £270
Non-members - Weekdays £270, Weekends £300
Full day - 6 hours Members - Weekdays £480, Weekends £540
Non-members - Weekdays £540, Weekends £600
With the introduction of a compulsory shooting certificate in certain German federal states, the SNW provides the proof of competency required for participation in driven hunts on hoofed game. If you have a driven hunt booked in Germany, please check whether you need the SNW a few months before you travel. Completing it with us allows you to have some training first, then be tested using the recognised target and scoring systems, in a relaxed environment, assuring you of the permission to hunt. An SNW certificate is valid for 1 year from the date of issue.
Members - Weekdays £120, Weekends £130, 1 hour plus ammunition if required, (see below).
Non-members - Weekdays £130, Weekends £140, 1 hour plus rifle hire and ammunition if required, (see below).
Tourism and travel within the Arctic Circle, as well as certain work situations are becoming more and more popular, and in some countries and islands it is law to carry a firearm that one can defend oneself with against a polar bear attack, when flares and/or deliberately shooting near but not at the bear has failed to disuade it's advances. The actual shooting of a Polar Bear is against the law, however the use of a rifle as a last resort is permitted if there is a very real and escalated threat to human life.
If you have a planned ice trek, and are unfamiliar with firearms or need a refresher, we can train you on the use of most modern rifles to enable you to take your trip with the necessary confidence and knowledge. With full supervision and tution, using the estate rifles, you will fire live rounds at metal reactive targets and a bespoke Polar Bear target, getting to know your equipment, bear anatomy and shot placement from different but realistic positions.
This course includes firearms safety, firearms awareness, inc loading/unloading and safety catch operation, firearms competence, bear anatomy and behaviour, shot placement and follow-up.
After completion of the course candidates will receive an approved certificate valid and accepted by authorities in Northern Europe.
Weekdays £200, Weekends £220, inc rifle hire, per person, per 2 hours. Ammunition is in addition, please see below.
Use of the Estate Rifle
£12 per session, free to members
Target ammunition in .308 may be purchased for practice at £1.50 per round. Please enquire for other calibres.
In line with current UK law, no one under the age of 14 may use a firearm. Those under 17 years old are not permitted to shoot with us, unless they are a current FAC holder, or a member of a Home Office-approved Club and are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian whose FAC contains the same firearm.
If you cancel more than a week ahead of the booking we will refund you or you may reschedule. If you cancel within 2-7 days of the booking we will endeavour to re-sell your slot, and if we are successful we will refund you or you may reschedule. If you cancel with less than 48hrs notice the fees are forfeit and a new booking will be chargeable.
If you cancel more than a week ahead of the booking you may cancel or reschedule without charge. If you cancel within 2-7 days of the appointment the range fees applicable to that appointment will be charged. We will endeavour to re-sell your slot, and if we are successful we will refund you. If you cancel with less than 48hrs notice the range fees are chargeable.