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The Deer Stalking Certificate: Level 1
This is established by Deer Management Qualifications as an entry level qualification to enable candidates to demonstrate their understanding of basic deer management principles and to show competence in legally, safely and humanely culling deer, and dealing with carcasses hygienically.
It is becoming widely accepted by landowners and forestry management companies (including The Forestry Commission) as a measure of competency, and is often demanded by them when granting permission to shoot.
It is a ‘knowledge based’ qualification although there are practical elements to the test including rifle safety, safety awareness whilst out stalking and some elements of fieldcraft.
What does the DSC 1 involve?
1. Deer biology and ecology.
3. Stalking techniques and taking the shot.
4. Deer identification.
7. Large Game Meat Hygiene.
Testing is done through 5 sections
To pass, at least 40 questions must be answered correctly.
Our lessons includes all of the questions along with all of the actual multiple choice options ….. and the answers!
You will be learning exactly what you will be given in your test… how good is that???
The species and the sex have to be identified for each image, and both must be correct to gain a mark.
To pass, candidates must obtain at least 16 marks out of the possible 20.
Our lessons includes over 100 deer identification slides. They don’t just tell you the species and gender, they also show you the relevant identification points in that particular picture. You learn how to actually identify a deer even if you can’t see the whole animal. This is important as you cant always see everything when you are out stalking and also because the DMQ do not allow us to use the same pictures as they do….that would make passing the test far too easy!
You cannot learn this by reading books (or websites)… you need to get some grass under your feet, have a walk in the woods with an experienced stalker. You don’t just need to know about things such as backstops… you need to fully understand them. You need to be comfortable and confident when handling a “loaded” rifle… how to cross a stream or climb over a fence… how to pass the rifle to somebody else… and how to receive it back again.
Our bank of lessons does include guidance about how the DSC testing is conducted and what to be aware of… but you simply cannot beat experience!
This has 2 parts. First, the candidate must put 3 shots inside a 4 inch circle on a zero target from 100 yards. Three attempts at this are allowed in any one day. When that has been achieved, the candidate can then have 3 attempts (in any one day) to put:
- (a) 2 shots into the killing area of a deer target from 100 yards (in any position using normal stalking aids such as rucksack or bipod);
- (b) 2 shots into the killing area of a deer target from 70 yards sitting or kneeling (again normal aids such as bipod or sticks may be used);
- (c) 2 shots into the killing area of a deer target from 40 yards standing (sticks may be used).
Again.. you cannot learn this in theory, you must practice first! … and remember, it’s not only a test of how accurately you can shoot, it’s also part of the safety assessment.
Test centres will usually allow you to use your own rifle (which must be of a legal deer calibre), or you could use their ‘estate rifle’. If you are using their rifle, try to find out what calibre it is and get some practice with one first… a .308 shoots very differently to a 6.5×55
Game meat hygiene module
Any candidate who holds a VRQ in Wild Game Meat Hygiene, or the NGO certificate in Game Meat Hygiene, may elect not to take this module but they will be required to produce their VRQ or NGO certificate at the DSC1 assessment.
Our lessons includes all of these questions, multiple choice options and answers, so you can study and learn to your hearts content!