Ladies & Gentlemen,
After the obligatory six week wait, I received my DSC 1 certificate today. I did my course with John and Andy at the Stalking School (Moray Outfitting on the SD) and it was an enjoyable, informative experience.
I've read a number of comments on the SD disparaging the DSC 1. I would have to agree that a qualification without practical experience may be of limited value initially. However, having completed the course and participated in a couple of stalks, I certainly feel more confident and believe that the DSC 1 provides a foundation to develop skills. I'm still not wholly competent in some of the practical aspects of stalking, but at least I can now take a considered approach.
It struck me that another benefit of the DSC 1, is that it goes some way to supporting the Deer Management Industry in the UK. I'm happy that deer hunting/stalking is becoming more accessible and is less perceived as an elitist pursuit.
With the current deer population explosion in the UK, it feels like a good time to get involved.