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Thread: Any more info on DSL1 from March 2014 in Scotland

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    Any more info on DSL1 from March 2014 in Scotland

    Is there any truth in having to have DSL1 by the end of March 2014 to be able to shoot in Scotland or is this just on certain land etc

    Sorry if this has been done before

    DJC

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    You must look at the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011. Section 17(a) gives Scottish Ministers the right by regulation to establish a register of persons competent to shoot deer in Scotland. Section 17(b) states that if by 1 April 2014 the right given in section 17(a) are not exercised it falls to the Scottish Natural Heritage to review the competence among people who shoot deer in Scotland and the effects on the welfare of deer. As yet there is no sign of the Scottish Ministers regulating a Register of Competence for all persons shooting deer in Scotland but for some time there has been a committee made up of various bodies who have been deliberating and reviewing levels of competence based on a voluntary approach. On a voluntary basis the level of persons shooting deer who sit DSC Lev 1 is I believe fairly good. From what I understand the outcome of the review is leaning toward DSC lev 1 being the requirement but I would suggest that a future date would have to be set giving time to achieve this level.

    There is little doubt that the movement both through applying for a deer calibre rifle and through legislation is heading toward a level of competence, Bottom line is if you want to stalk get going on lev 1 & 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    You must look at the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011. Section 17(a) gives Scottish Ministers the right by regulation to establish a register of persons competent to shoot deer in Scotland. Section 17(b) states that if by 1 April 2014 the right given in section 17(a) are not exercised it falls to the Scottish Natural Heritage to review the competence among people who shoot deer in Scotland and the effects on the welfare of deer. As yet there is no sign of the Scottish Ministers regulating a Register of Competence for all persons shooting deer in Scotland but for some time there has been a committee made up of various bodies who have been deliberating and reviewing levels of competence based on a voluntary approach. On a voluntary basis the level of persons shooting deer who sit DSC Lev 1 is I believe fairly good. From what I understand the outcome of the review is leaning toward DSC lev 1 being the requirement but I would suggest that a future date would have to be set giving time to achieve this level.

    There is little doubt that the movement both through applying for a deer calibre rifle and through legislation is heading toward a level of competence, Bottom line is if you want to stalk get going on lev 1 & 2.

    Great answer to DJC question Gazza! No doubt about it, things are a changing up here in Scotland, we will just have to wait and see on all fronts.

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    Would this mean that all the shooters from across the border would need level 1 to stalk in Scotland as well.surely it must.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macfarlane View Post
    Would this mean that all the shooters from across the border would need level 1 to stalk in Scotland as well.surely it must.
    Yes or be accompanied by someone who has, that is if it comes to pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    You must look at the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011. Section 17(a) gives Scottish Ministers the right by regulation to establish a register of persons competent to shoot deer in Scotland. Section 17(b) states that if by 1 April 2014 the right given in section 17(a) are not exercised it falls to the Scottish Natural Heritage to review the competence among people who shoot deer in Scotland and the effects on the welfare of deer. As yet there is no sign of the Scottish Ministers regulating a Register of Competence for all persons shooting deer in Scotland but for some time there has been a committee made up of various bodies who have been deliberating and reviewing levels of competence based on a voluntary approach. On a voluntary basis the level of persons shooting deer who sit DSC Lev 1 is I believe fairly good. From what I understand the outcome of the review is leaning toward DSC lev 1 being the requirement but I would suggest that a future date would have to be set giving time to achieve this level.

    There is little doubt that the movement both through applying for a deer calibre rifle and through legislation is heading toward a level of competence, Bottom line is if you want to stalk get going on lev 1 & 2.
    Gazza for your reply it's not for me as I have spent the time and money to get both 1and 2 just needed to confirm what we have been told on our syndicate
    Many thanks again
    DJC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    You must look at the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011. Section 17(a) gives Scottish Ministers the right by regulation to establish a register of persons competent to shoot deer in Scotland. Section 17(b) states that if by 1 April 2014 the right given in section 17(a) are not exercised it falls to the Scottish Natural Heritage to review the competence among people who shoot deer in Scotland and the effects on the welfare of deer. As yet there is no sign of the Scottish Ministers regulating a Register of Competence for all persons shooting deer in Scotland but for some time there has been a committee made up of various bodies who have been deliberating and reviewing levels of competence based on a voluntary approach. On a voluntary basis the level of persons shooting deer who sit DSC Lev 1 is I believe fairly good. From what I understand the outcome of the review is leaning toward DSC lev 1 being the requirement but I would suggest that a future date would have to be set giving time to achieve this level.

    There is little doubt that the movement both through applying for a deer calibre rifle and through legislation is heading toward a level of competence, Bottom line is if you want to stalk get going on lev 1 & 2.
    +1. Can I add that if you have your DSC II and stalk in Scotland, you should give serious consideration for registering for 'Fit and Competent', if you have not already done so?

    Fit and competent register - Scottish Natural Heritage

    Regards

    JCS

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