In 1957 the Club developed and began a formal programme of training, the first organisation in the United Kingdom to plan and operate a deer stalker training programme.
This comprehensive training programme has now been accredited by LANTRA Awards, and Members successfully completing the training will receive an externally recognised certificate of training. The St. Hubert Club Qualified Stalker qualification is recognised by the Forestry Commission, National Trust and other organisations as being at least equivalent to the DCS level 2.
Members wishing to undertake training start at the beginning of the programme, whatever their previous experience.
All trainees begin at E (Entrant level) and gradually progress through D and C grades finally achieving B (Qualified Stalker) grade on qualification. There are no shortcuts.
Trainees undertake an induction course followed by both theoretical and practical training with a series of lectures, shooting practice and accompanied stalks over a period of at least four years during which time they will undergo a series of upgrading tests which will eventually qualify them as proficient stalkers in their own right.
Trainees may take out an annual licence to permit them to stalk on the Club’s Thetford grounds on a number of designated weekends each year. Initially they will be accompanied on all stalks by Club Instructors who will help teach them a wide and comprehensive range of stalking skills whilst assessing their progress.
Trainees will need to have culled at least 10 deer on the Club’s Thetford grounds to achieve Qualified Stalker status and be allowed to stalk alone.
This training is obligatory for all Members who wish to stalk on ground that is managed by the Club and no exceptions are made however experienced the individual may be.
The quality of St. Hubert Club training, is second to none and the highest standards are always maintained. In suitable instances, and after further consolidation of their skills, they may then be invited to become A grade stalkers (Instructors).
A St Hubert Club member who has achieved either A or B status can be relied upon to be a skilled deer manager who will always abide by best practice and be a very safe and competent deer stalker.