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  For those who care about what they eat, hunting for the table is an immersive way to reflect upon the modern food chain and the place of homo sapiens within the wider natural world.

hunting for food

An introduction to air rifle shooting and preparing small game for the table

the grey squirrel

A dedicated course for these fascinating but troublesome creatures

guided hunting

The complete experience. Hunt, shoot and prepare a wild animal for the kitchen



At its core, The Mindful Hunter is about re-connecting people with wildlife in a way that's mutually beneficial. 

All healthy ecosystems have an apex predator and in some contexts we can still fulfil that role in a restrained and balanced manner.

Our courses are held in beautiful places that allow you to escape from the demands of city life and the lure of digital devices.

We provide an open fire and a warm welcome to all comers, ensuring that whether you're dairy and gluten free, vegetarian or vegan, you'll be well fed with healthy, local produce that's been thoughtfully sourced.

The Mindful Hunter offers a unique countryside experience that will equip you with an array of new skills to deepen your bond with nature.  Shooting is just a part of what we do.

From deciphering the language of squirrels and birds, to learning about woodland ecology and animal behaviour, our programme is underpinned by experience, current research and the knowledge that even the smallest insect has much to teach us.

If you have strong opinions on hunting but have never met any hunters, we'd especially like to hear from you.


Apuseni National Park, Transylvania

Instructor Charlie Portlock writes regularly in the UK and US press on the subjects of hunting ethics, animal behaviour and rifle shooting.  

In addition to his post-graduate training in music education, he's a certified Range Safety Officer and holds qualifications in social forestry, sustainable woodland management and deer stalking. 

He's been teaching professionally for over a decade in a variety of contexts, both in the UK and abroad and has published two ebooks on small game hunting including How To Shoot Spring Rifles He has a sense of humour.

More information here.


For bookings please click here.  For all other enquiries please make contact via email or by using the form below.

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We're based in the Shropshire Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) with courses being held at different locations across the local area.

We're approximately a two hour drive from Bristol and Manchester and just over an hour from Birmingham.  There are several options for local accommodation and there's a huge amount to see and do in South Shropshire.

The nearest railway station is the steam line at Bridgnorth (15 mins). Mainline stations are at Kidderminster, Telford and Craven Arms (35 mins). Local taxis and accomodation can be arranged.