Iím after a bit of advice regarding sitting my DSC Level 1.
Now, as far as the theory section goes, I am getting on well.
For the last 6 weeks Iíve been putting in the hours daily with the BDS manual, scouring this site & others for help with the deer identification test, battering through the Deerquest CD every 2nd day & doing all the available questions etc, so my knowledge & confidence is gaining a bit .
Iím probably doing things arse for elbow by trying to get my DSC1 first, then applying for the FAC, but thatís the route I want to take - Get the basic theory/DSC1 - apply for the FAC - and if successful get the rifle - then get to know the rifle on a range way before I go after my first deer.
However, due to the nature of my job (working overseas for weeks at a time), getting the time suitable for both my mentor and I to meet up for some basic range practice is a nightmare and with his workload at the monet It's not going to happen any time soon.
So, having limited exposure to centre fire rifles (I only use shotguns) Iím thinking Iíll have to delay taking the Level 1 until I have as much rifle practice as possible.
Another addition to the equation is that I will have to use the ďestate rifleĒ option for the shooting section too.
So, realistically, and considering my limited exposure, have I really a snowballs chance in hell trying to do the shooting element of the test with a) an unfamiliar estate rifle, & b) little shooting practice?
Maybe I should explain this to the course leader and possibly get some range time in before taking the course??
I know in an ideal world I should just wait until whenever I get enough shooting under my belt, but I just wanted to put it to you guys to see what you think?
(I've probably answered my own question here haven't I !! )
I know people have taken the DSC1 with almost no previous experience and passed using the ďestateĒ rifle but I donít think Iím neither that good nor lucky.
Anyway, Iíd appreciate your thoughts