Interesting chat this afternoon with an AW and external DSC2 verifier who told me that, on average, DSC2 candidates have to do five Witnessed stalks to complete one ICR.
Or, if my maths is correct fifteen Stalks to complete your DSC2 Portfolio of three ICR's.
Now, assuming the average cost of a stalk with an AW is around £50, the total is £750 in fees, excluding any trophy fees, and excluding any carcass prices.
I would be very interested in any feedback on those figures - what is your experience?
My own sad 'progress' so far is:
Stalk 1: Cancelled by AW 'C' due to a lack of suitable cull deer on the ground
Stalk 2: ICR 1 completed with AW 'B'. Got very, very lucky!
Stalk 3: Cancelled by AW 'A' due to flooding
Stalk 4: No deer spotted at all on stalk with AW 'A'
Stalk 5: 6 deer spotted but no opportunity for a safe shot. 1 fox shot. With AW 'A'
Stalk 6: Cancelled by AW 'A' due to inaccessible ground because of rain and flooding
Stalk 6: Cancelled by AW 'C' due to bad weather forecast
Stalk 7: Cancelled by AW 'C' due to bad weather forecast
I must add that I much prefer an AW to cancel a Stalk because he doesn't want to take a client out on flooded land in fog, heavy rain and strong wind, than an AW who goes out with you anyway even if there is little or no change to shoot anything.
So, actually, all credit to those AW's!