Next week I am undertaking (and hopefully passing!) my DSC1. Although I know this qualification isn't officially necessary for people wanting to apply for a deer-legal calibre, I am someone who is keen to learn as much as possible, I always wanted to do the course, and I knew it would definitely help with the application for my variation! Along with doing this course, I've been trying to get some on-the-ground experience, to complement the theory that is being learned. Again, I respect that this is something that the FEO's want to see, as experience is so important. My deer stalking friend has let me join him on 3 seperate stalks, the last of which culminated in me taking my first deer - a young Roe buck . The only problem is, he doesn't go out very often (I've been on 3 stalks in about 4 months!). As someone from a shooting background who is just getting into deerstalking, I am itching to get going with it, I do loads of research and reading around the subject, but am just lacking the actual in-the-field experience!! After passing my DSC1, I'm wanting to apply for a variation as soon as possible, but ideally I want to have more field experience to talk to the police about (the FEO discussed this with me back when I got my .22 rimfire). Unfortunately, being a student, who has only just really managed to save up the amount I'm gonna need for the rifle/scope/mod/bino set up, I really don't have the money to go out on paid stalking days, as convenient and amazing as they would be for someone wanting to gain experience.
Basically, I know it's a long shot, but I just wondered if there are any guys in the North Somerset/Somerset area (I live near Radstock, 10 miles South of Bath), who would be kind enough to let me join them on one or two of their stalks. Anything anyone can offer me would be so appreciated, I am happy to simply shadow you on your stalk/s, watching and learning! I won't get in the way and my mate actually found me to be a handy extra pair of eyes (on more than one occasion I spotted deer he had missed with his bino's!). If anyone thinks they can help, please feel free to pm me or something
Sorry to go on but just thought it was worth putting up, juuust in case!
p.s. was unsure whether to put this in this area or in general discussion, admin please go ahead and move it if it shouldn't be here, and sorry if so!