I'm looking to break into the deer stalking world but am unsure on how to go about this? I have my own permission and shoot .223 over 55 acres mostly for fox and would like to move up to deer. I am very keen, loading my own .223 rounds as a hobby. I have seen the deer cert 1 which seems like a reconised cert, is this true. I'm off to Afghanistan in March next year as i'm a Royal Marine but would like to get the ball rolling before i go. I am going to purchase a .308 rifle next year, do you think this will be the best caliber to go for and if so, can you suggest some weapons on the market? I live in Exeter and would like to meet up with some other deer stalkers for the experience if some one is interested in coaching me. I'm fully BASC insured with over 10 years of weapons safety under my belt. Please comment if you can help or even point me in the right direction, i will travel a little if needed (i.e Exmoor).