Gralloching and Inspection Masterclass
A few more words about the Gralloching & Inspection
It is an essential resource targeted directly at those hunters that wish to handle their own shot carcasses and take their knowledge to the next level.
It is also an affordable easy to follow guide to inspecting a carcass for those candidates wishing to take their DSC2 or PDS2.
The Course includes:
- The Shot
- Follow Up
- Pre- Inspection
- External Examination
- Internal Examination
- Inspection of the Lymph Nodes
What’s more, you have the added confidence that the instruction that you receive is from the very best. This Gralloching & Inspection Masterclass has been produced by County Deer Stalking, a long- established provider of Deer Stalker Courses and ‘Approved Witnesses’ in Deer Management Qualifications’, and is presented by trained hunter and industry professional Ben Heath of the Deer Box, who supply hundreds of deer each year to the UK market, as well as a string of Michelin Star Restaurants.
Meet the Instructor
If you want to learn from the very best and get your technique down to a fine art, then this is the best way to do it.
Whether you are a PDS1 or DSC1 candidate and want to take the next step in processing what you have shot, or if you are a PDS2 or DSC2 candidate wishing to learn how to locate and inspect a shot carcass before seeking out an ‘Approved Witness’ this is the perfect course for you.
Ben Heath has been involved in country pursuits since the age of 7 when he first started going fishing and beating on pheasant shoots with his father. His first experiences deer stalking was at the age of 16 and the flame for this pursuit has never blown out. Bens passion for the outdoors led him to direct his education in the agricultural sector and he Graduated from the Royal Agricultural College with a BSc Hons (first class) in Agriculture and Land Management.
Shortly after receiving his degree, a business opportunity took him away from the agricultural sector but Ben’s passion for deer stalking continued albeit on a recreational level.
“I have always had a love for food and remember harvesting my first Roe Doe, it was a fantastic stalk really challenging and I managed to close the distance to 15 yards before taking the shot. I was so chuffed and wanted to reap the benefits of the hunt, so bought the carcass off the stalking guide and took it home with me. I had never butchered a deer before... I found my way around the carcass and did an OK job, but the satisfaction was immense, especially in the months to come when we ate the harvest. There was something extremely satisfying rewarding about the whole experience”
In recent years, Ben's passion has gone considerably further and has taken him from recreational to professional stalker, harvesting deer over 15,000 acres. His passion for butchery also didn’t dwindle. Having to drive 30 mins to the game dealer, Ben often found that in the time to drive there and back, he could butcher the deer and so he learnt more about food safety and registered as a food business, butchering his deer and selling them locally. This started the next learning phase and when the opportunity arose to work more in the venison industry Ben seized it.
Working alongside Mike Robinson, Ben took over the venison operations for ‘Robinson Wild Foods’ and in conjunction with Mike set up DeerBox.co.uk which opened its online doors on August 1st 2020. In the short time ‘DeerBox’ has been trading, not only has it increased its market share supplying top quality restaurants; but it has quickly established itself as one of the leading and most specialised online venison retailers, supplying customers nationwide.
Have a question to Ben? Or maybe would like to order some of the best Venison? Don't hesitate to contact DeerBox!
Ben's passion for food, coupled with being fortunate enough to
learn from the top chefs that he supplies, further drives him. His mission is
to increase customer awareness of game, especially venison and inspire his
customers, so that they will be encouraged to eat game more regularly, incorporating
it into their weekly meal planning. Increasing food standards in the stalking
industry is also a passion for Ben as is improving stalkers understanding of lead
free ammunition, carcass handling and lardering.
“We have an amazing opportunity here in the UK, as game
meat is so underutilised...it is super healthy and flavoursome, without being
too rich. The environmental benefits from eating this sustainable protein is
unmatched by any other protein. We are on the verge of something REALLY BIG...with
the potential for game meat to become not only accessible but enjoyed by the
masses…watch this space…”
Ben is a true “field to plate” professional, who appreciates not just the pursuit and harvest, but the importance of delivering this high-quality product into the food chain.