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    Level 1 DSC 'Course' content

    I often see DSC1 courses advertised and wonder how a competent shooter with very little or no deer knowledge would get on, is it a 'course' with 2 way tuition and coaching/learning or is it an assesment and you are expected to know the answers on arrival? Is there room to learn the content when attending and still pass?I would like to attend one in the future and due to limited exposure to the art of stalking and field craft feel a little nervous parting with my to turn up looking a little daft. I would like to get out locally in the South west to learn anything I can if there are any opportunities out there. Im a member of BASC and have my FAC. Be interesting to see the comments regarding the DSC1 course thankyou for your time. Tris

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    yes there are a few places doing full courses where you will learn everything you need to achieve the pass alot of people coming into the sport have very little or no experience, I can recomend donnington deer services and the dinners are legendary, good luck with whoever you choose, wayne

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    DSC1 is designed for the complete novice as a start in deer stalking, go and do it and enjoy it.

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    Judging by the honesty of your post, you will be absolutely fine.

    On my DSC1 course there were attendees from both ends of the spectrum, complete novices to seasoned pros. Those who went into it with a willingness to learn and enjoy the experience got the most out of it. Those who see it as "something that has to be done" or a chance to talk big about their experience with deer, rifles, etc inevitably come out poorest.

    You're not expected to know all the answers before attending, nor to be a stalking ninja. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Many people on here will attest that DSC1 was their first step in a never-ending journey to learn more about deer and deer stalking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    Tris

    Judging by the honesty of your post, you will be absolutely fine.

    On my DSC1 course there were attendees from both ends of the spectrum, complete novices to seasoned pros. Those who went into it with a willingness to learn and enjoy the experience got the most out of it. Those who see it as "something that has to be done" or a chance to talk big about their experience with deer, rifles, etc inevitably come out poorest.

    You're not expected to know all the answers before attending, nor to be a stalking ninja. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Many people on here will attest that DSC1 was their first step in a never-ending journey to learn more about deer and deer stalking.

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    But if you approach the written test on the basis (I'm assuming it's still a multiple choice affair) that 1. the aim of the course is to get you to pass the test, not to fail it unless you're a graduate from the University of Clever-dick Know-it-alls and 2. when you look at the answers there's going to be one which is completely wrong which gets you down to a choice between two. Usually the correct answer becomes obvious.
    On the shooting and safety elements the focus is on complete safety without subjectivity.
    On stuff like season dates in Scotland you're just going to have to learn the right answers I'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tikkathreebarrels View Post
    But if you approach the written test on the basis (I'm assuming it's still a multiple choice affair) that 1. the aim of the course is to get you to pass the test, not to fail it unless you're a graduate from the University of Clever-dick Know-it-alls and 2. when you look at the answers there's going to be one which is completely wrong which gets you down to a choice between two. Usually the correct answer becomes obvious.
    On the shooting and safety elements the focus is on complete safety without subjectivity.
    On stuff like season dates in Scotland you're just going to have to learn the right answers I'm afraid.
    Yes, you will have to learn some things, but hopefully you will want to do that anyway. I guess my point was not to be intimidated by thinking that you have to be a Nelly-Know-All before you go

    And on the deer species recognition part, pay attention to the clues they will give you as you go through the course.

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    When you book a place on a course you get sent a manual with everything you need to know to pass the test. You can read it and test yourself as much as you like beforehand. Doing a paid stalk beforehand might help put things in context and make it more interesting.

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    Hi Tris,
    I did my DSC1 at the duchy, it was a great course and as long as you listen and have half a brain you'll sail through it. The DSC1 is designed for people starting out so you don't have to have shoot a hundred deer to pass it, having said that you don't need a DSC1 to shoot a hundred deer. I got a lot from the course and had a great time.

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    I went from knowing Zero about deer or rifles to learning the foundation of the rest of the things you need to learn.
    The test makes you learn about deer ecology, identification, fire arm safety and meat hygiene.
    Definatly a two way thing and like most things in life you get out what you in.

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    Many thanks for the comments above it has been helpful. I really enjoyed the Deer butchery course I attended there last week and if they offer another DSC1 in the future I would be well up for it. I would like to get a book to read in the meantime that will help wotwards my DSC1 if possible, my difficulty is im in the forces so deploy regulary so booking onto a course isnt as easy as it sounds alot of the time. Based on this I'd like to buy a book asap to keep the enthusiasm up and begin to build my knowledge in preparation for a DSC1 when time allows. Any pointers on suitable books pitched at the right level much appreciated.Tris

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