OK, here is a start, but lets see if we can keep this civil and on topic as this subject seems to creep into other topics for no aparent reason.
I have also set up a poll, so please look at it and vote.
Many people for whatever reason have chosen to get deer management qualifications. What we have to ask ourselves is, are they required? I for one think they are. At what level they go to is up for a whole range of discussion and rants.
DSC 1, yes I think it is required to give beginners and some more experienced people the base knowledge of deer required. It also gives good safe practices with rifles and more recently gives you the trained hunter status.
DSC 2, if you are controlling deer and are only feeding yourself, then no it is not really required. If you are supplying deer into the food chain, then yes I do believe that you should do it to prove that what was learned in DSC 1 can be put into practice in a hygienic fashion.
Deer managers course, very interesting but not required for the supply of deer into the food chain.
Should any future courses be developed? I think the driving forces behind these should be careful as the reason for another course would have to be well thought out and hold good weight and ready for critiscism. The development of another course could also dilute the presence and standard of the current qualifications.
I await and look forward to the replies.