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    Becoming an A/W

    Becoming an A/W

    Looking back over a previous thread where sikamalc stated

    I wouldn’t say I am in complete agreement with your comments regarding Level 2, but I do appreciate where you are coming from.
    I am well aware of some AW people who should not in my opinion be an AW, i even know of some who have only been stalking 5 minutes and become an AWm to the point where i know of 2 who shot their first deer with me a few years back and have

    become an AW.

    I have been thinking of doing level 2 for the sole purpose of becoming an AW so I can offer the service to our clients, I have been very fortunate in having Robin as a friend and mentor for the last few years and enjoy taking clients stalking especially those looking for their first deer


    My question is, how long do you need to be stalking before you are up to the job,

    To my way of thinking shooting a deer is no more difficult than shooting foxes
    or stalking across a field to shoot a rabbit with an air rifle, and once you know how to gralloch and examine the carcass to make sure it is suitable to go into the food chain
    what else would you need to know,

    I see no reason why a keen stalker who has passed his dsc1 then gone on to do his level 2 should not make a good A/W as the knowledge gained is fresh in his memory.

    Maybe I am missing something what do the forum members think?

    Cheers Geoff

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    Sticking my neck out here but I agree.

    I have a lifetime of experience in fieldsports and the countryside but have pretty much rattled through the DSC system and hope to be an AW later this year.

    I'm passionate, I have no ingrained bad habits and I want to promote the safe, humane and sustainable management of deer.

    I've been independently assessed as having these qualities and as having the required knowledge set. I think that should be good enough.

    My view in general (in my day job as well as deer stalking) is that time-served is a poor measure of capability.

    That said, experience brings with it lots of knowledge that should be shared where possible.

    But the right answer has to be an independent assessment of someone's knowledge and capability. Wether the current DMQ system provides that - I think is for others to answer but, for what it's worth, I think it's all heading in the right direction.

    J

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    if you want to be a a/w and feel you have whats needed to be a a/w then go for it, ive seen and shot with a/w who i wouldnt trust with a catapult let alone a rifle and from that day on ive never and will never shot with them again but thats life not everyone who deserves the job always gets it and somtimes those people who are sat quite in the corner saying nothing actualy have the most to say and to give

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    I believe that AW'S should have
    1.Experience of all species of deer , assessing a gralloch on a Muntie is very different to a large red.
    2.Enough practical deer experience of all species to recognise unusual behaviour.
    3.The future of stalking in mind rather than their wallet.
    4.Access to wild deer whether on the candidates ground or their own-parks not included.

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    Shooting foxes is no different to shooting a deer !!!
    That just about adds up why people should be experienced in deer stalking if they want to take paying guests out. How many different species of fox are there in the uk then Geof ?

    Equating all the different species of deer and managing to identify them and managing them is something that has no bearing on shooting a fox most of which are shot under a lamp at night I would imagine.

    I shall finish now as I have ckients to attend to and 4 Cwd to cape off.
    All grades of deer stalkers/hunters in the UK and overseas catered for. Level 2 DMQ signing off available. Over 30 years experience in the stalking/hunting industry. For friendly and professional help go to www.UKOutfitters.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by KSDC View Post
    Becoming an A/W

    Looking back over a previous thread where sikamalc stated

    I wouldn’t say I am in complete agreement with your comments regarding Level 2, but I do appreciate where you are coming from.
    I am well aware of some AW people who should not in my opinion be an AW, i even know of some who have only been stalking 5 minutes and become an AWm to the point where i know of 2 who shot their first deer with me a few years back and have

    become an AW.

    I have been thinking of doing level 2 for the sole purpose of becoming an AW so I can offer the service to our clients, I have been very fortunate in having Robin as a friend and mentor for the last few years and enjoy taking clients stalking especially those looking for their first deer


    My question is, how long do you need to be stalking before you are up to the job,

    To my way of thinking shooting a deer is no more difficult than shooting foxes
    or stalking across a field to shoot a rabbit with an air rifle, and once you know how to gralloch and examine the carcass to make sure it is suitable to go into the food chain
    what else would you need to know,

    I see no reason why a keen stalker who has passed his dsc1 then gone on to do his level 2 should not make a good A/W as the knowledge gained is fresh in his memory.

    Maybe I am missing something what do the forum members think?

    Cheers Geoff

    I agree with you,crack on!!

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    Hi Malc

    Well done on your four CWD Good to hear you are keeping the client happy, I don’t think you read my post,
    I said that in my opinion shooting a deer is no more difficult than shooting a fox
    I did not say it was no different, but just because a fox is classed as vermin it should be shown just as much respect as a deer, and in my limited experience I have found foxers often take to stalking like ducks to water,

    Thanks for your input and taking time to reply to my thread, Cheers Geoff

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    Quote Originally Posted by sikamalc View Post
    Shooting foxes is no different to shooting a deer !!!
    Except I prefer to shoot foxes length ways ��
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    Quote Originally Posted by unicorn71 View Post
    I believe that AW'S should have
    1.Experience of all species of deer , assessing a gralloch on a Muntie is very different to a large red.
    2.Enough practical deer experience of all species to recognise unusual behaviour.
    Oh please!!

    I live and stalk in Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Why on earth should I need experience of shooting red deer on the Hill to become an AW? Is it going to help when I witness someone shooting muntjac, roe or fallow in deepest, darkest Home Counties? What about all those stalkers in Scotland who what to become AW's? Do they have to travel South to study and shoot CWD and muntjac, when they are unlikely to ever see them North of the Border?

    In case its escaped people's attention, being an AW is not a full-time salaried profession. Most do it because they want to put something back onto the sport. Follow these type of suggestions and it will be a rare, select and expensive few who can become AW's. Being an AW isn't about having a doctorate in deer or helping you to become a veterinary surgeon, it's about witnessing a candidate to make sure they can "demonstrate their knowledge and competence in legally, safely and humanely culling deer and dealing with carcasses hygienically".

    The next logical step in your argument is to say you shouldn't be awarded your DSC2 unless you've been witnessed stalking all six native deer species as well.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    shooting foxes and calling one in is nothing to do with deer management and stalking. Every species of deer are different, every time of year throws up new challenges. As i think i may have mentioned before extracting a Red Stag off the hill has no comparison to extracting a Muntjac out of a wood, or a Fallow doe off your ground. Also if you guide enough and are an AW you should also have a deer dog or have access to one.
    Many may not agree to my point of view, but honestly, I dont care.

    Good luck with your level 2.
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