Got back this weekend from a week in Epping, Essex, where I was attending the DSC1 course. It was a really good week, I learned a lot, even though I had really mugged up on the course material beforehand! Peter Pursglove was leading it, and he was great - a man who is clearly very experienced with everything deer stalking-related. My thanks to him for a very well-taught week.
Anyway, I know I've passed visual identification, safety, and shooting, just gotta wait 4 or 5 weeks to hear back about the other two and therefore the course as a whole! I'm fairly confident, and can't wait to (hopefully) receive my certificate
I'm itching to get my variation for a deer legal caliber sent off, but I'm just going to wait a little longer until I've got some more on-the-ground experience; I have been lucky enough to have had a couple of very kind offers from people who are willing to let me join them on their stalks - I really appreciate this.
Anyway, the course definitely confirmed for me how much I want to get into deerstalking, I'm so glad I did it!