I mentioned this on another thread and got no takers. It would perhaps have been "off topic" to answer me or maybe my question was implied rather than asked specifally. So I ask again here.
Why do we in the UK not require a "Certificate" of competence to kill all the other game?
I realise it is not even mandatory for deer and will not become mandatory anytime soon, no matter what rumours there are. However, many seem to believe that the day is not far off when DSC1 will be a minimum statutory requirement before shooting deer would be lawfully permitted.
There is already a tendancy among some official bodies to require Deer Stalking Certificates (of competency) to be held e.g. various forestry groups require it prior to considering a candidate for a stalking tenancy and even the Police appear to be cottoning on to the idea of DSC as a desired/required qualification before granting a Firearms Certificate, for the possesion of a firearm to be used for taking deer..... and it always puzzles my why should only deer stalkers need the qualification?