Put deer on the back burner in 2002 in order to develop business interests and now have the free time available to permit me getting involved again.
Been rough shooting, small/fullbore rifle & pistol since 1976 and stalking from 1987. BDS National Stalker's Cert (1991), Advanced Stalker Cert & Range Conducting Officer (1992). Worked for a period of about 11 years in a professional deer mangement/stalking capacity.
Also completed the BDFA certification in field slaughter and have held various English Nature and Home Office licences to 'take wild deer alive' by S.5 tranquilising rifle/dart etc. for a number of research projects - where the deer were fitted with GPS collars and released. They were exciting, (and stressful!), days due to the neccessity of getting within about 30m before taking the shot and then tracking the darted deer in sometimes thick cover - amazing how far they can go in the 3-5 minutes before the drugs took full effect!
Not sure how any of these historical qualifications or my practical experience will sit with the new DSC 1 & 2 regime but I presume that some re-qualification will be neccessary - anyone had experience of this situation?
For deer the .308 was my choice and I toted a heavy barrelled Mannlicher 'Jagdmatch', (wooden stocked version of the SSG with the candy twist barrel and ventilated fore end), around for a number of years. I'm looking for something a bit more manageable now - maybe a 6.5x57 Stutzen I've come across - so I can enjoy a less intensive involvement in sport stalking.