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    young stalkers

    my son is nearly 16 is member of local gun club and is keen to take up stalking what age can he do this at ? legally using a rifle and been supervised any information would be of great help

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    The minimum age for the granting of a firearms certificate is 14 years old.

    You must be able to prove to the police you have a 'good reason' for acquiring a hunting rifle.

    Evidence of good reason is usually provided by a piece of land over which you have permission to stalk, or a firm booking through an estate or sporting agent.

    It would be a good idea if you found a mentor in the form of a local person, someone who would take you out stalking and show you the ropes. You would also enjoy and benefit from an introductory stalking course, such as the DSC1.

    This is not compulsory, however, and the police cannot insist that you do this. If you have no experience of firearms use, the police may put a condition on your certificate that requires you to be supervised by an expert stalker. The length of this supervision will be a matter for discussion and negotiation with the licensing department.

    You can gain valuable experience by joining a target rifle club. Hunting rabbits and small game with an air rifle is excellent grounding for deerstalking, as it is a combination of marksmanship skills and fieldcraft.

    As he is your son ( with regards to supervision) I would not think he should
    encounter any problens, being under the watchful eye of Dad!!

    Rgds, Buck.
    "let him without sin cast the first stone"

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    BASC have a very helpful Guidance Sheet regarding Young Persons and Firearms that can be linked from here:

    As UB says, there is no legal requirement for adult supervision, although common sense and the wishes of the FLD will come into play.

    Although a young person may not purchase or hire firearms in their own right until the age of 18, they can be given or have on loan, (borrow), firearms within the terms of their FAC.

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