This came up in conversation between friends and it got quite heated, fairly quickly.
Two of my shooting friends have been stalking for years. Neither have the DSC1 or 2 and neither has the slightest intention of ever bothering to go down that particular road.
Fast forward to another of my friends, who has been shooting for many years, is incredibly responsible, very skilled, but getting increasingly frustrated by the minimum demands of a DSC1 and, most of the time, DSC2 as well for the majority of syndicate places that pop up from time to time.
The same friend has a son who is 19 and interested in beginning stalking, but he feels incredibly daunted by the prospect and attendant costs of the DSC1 and 2
It occurred to me how challenging it is to get a foot in the door.
Recently I looked at some of the FC leases and walked away from the unrealistic bureaucracy which seems to be geared at those who want to run the lease as a business opportunity.
I'd have been willing to take one on for my own sole use but, sadly, you can't simply buy your stalking.
On the one hand I understand this from a certain perspective, but on the other it makes absolutely no sense at all.
What are the general thoughts and experiences out there of DSC1/2 and their seemingly bare minimum requirement almost across the board these days ?
Personally, I know shooters who don't have either of them and won't ever get them who are superb hunters, and I know a few who have one or both who I wouldn't ever want to be anywhere near with a gun in their hands...