I just had a few queries regarding the whole FAC vs DSC acquisition process. Upon doing some reading around here it seems that there is quite a variety of opinions on the usefulness and necessity of such courses; however, what I am basically looking for is the path of least resistance on the road to (i) purchasing a new rifle and (ii) stalking with it. I am a recent import to this side of the Atlantic so I am attempting to do some deer stalking over here - more or less just trying to figure out how to be able to do it at the moment.
My basic question is: what is the best procedure for acquiring a deer caliber rifle? should I apply for an FAC first or do the DSCL1 first and then apply for an FAC? Obviously I do not have any land to shoot over, but was planning on doing the “stalk for pay” thing until I do – will this suffice as a “good reason” to have a deer caliber rifle? I have two members of my extended family that meet the criteria for FAC references so I should have that covered – on the reference portion of the license it says that references may not be in the referees “immediate” family, so would a 2nd cousin or a relative not related by blood count?. If anyone has any other comments or tips they are greatly appreciated.