The recent thread on compulsory DSC 2 made me think about a conversation I recently had with a friend of mine. This part of the tale is third-hand (I know, I know), so no names or places, but I'm confident it isn't far off the mark.
An acquaintance of my friend recently failed his level 2 due to the assessor considering 2 of the outings as 'not stalking' and therefore failing to meet the stalking requirement of the DSC Level 2. These were outlined to me as follows:-
1. The candidate 'stalked' to within 100yds of a roe buck and doe that were messing around near some cover. By the time the candidate and witness got to a suitable shooting position the deer had decided to have a lie down in or around the bush. They knew both deer were still there so waited, and a little over an hour later the buck presented himself and was duly shot. As the candidate had waited for a long time before shooting, the assessor did not consider this to have been a 'stalk'. FAIL!!
2. While out stalking, the candidate spots a deer in a neighbouring field slowly making its way back towards the wood. They 'stalk' to a place overlooking the area they expect the animal to enter the wood. After a short while the deer appears and is cleanly shot. Ambushing is NOT stalking, according to the assessor. FAIL!!
So, do these outings meet level 2 requirements or not? This poor chap now has to fork out for another 2 stalks and resubmit.
My friend also said about an incident that happened to himself (only second-hand this time). He had an assessor contact him to quiz him over a level 2 he'd done with a client. After a successful shot my friend had asked the candidate what they would've done had the animal shown itself to be still alive on the approach? The candidate had answered that they would've shot it again had it appeared mobile/still a lot of life left or, if near death, conducted a thoracic stick to quicken death before carrying out the gralloch. The assessor asked about the thoracic sticking, so my friend explained what the candidate had meant and how they had accurately pointed to the part of the beast which would receive the knife and how he, as a professional, was happy with the answer. The assessor kept on quizzing and my friend couldn't understand what more there was to say when it became clear from the assessor himself; he had no idea what a thoracic stick was, had never heard of it and was confused as to where such a procedure had come from!!! If my memory serves me right it's covered in Level 1 isn't it? And this bloke, as an assessor, is supposed to be top of the tree!
Who watches the watchers?