The Wildlife and Natural Environment Act 2011 introduced a requirement that SNH must by 1st April 2014 carry out a review of the levels of competence among those who shot deer in Scotland and the effect of such levels of competence on deer welfare.
The Scottish deer management sector has undertaken to make interested people aware of this review and to supply training and assessment to satisfy this requirement. The uptake of training will be measured and assessed by SNH by April 2014. Should the voluntary uptake of training and assessment to the agreed standard be deemed inadequate the Scottish Government has the power to introduce a register of those persons competent to shoot deer. Those who have achieved a required standard will be registered. Persons who are not registered will not be lawfully able to shoot deer unsupervised in Scotland.
The agreed level of competency is DSC 1.