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    DSC1 done what next?

    So I did my DSC1 at the weekend and now just have the 6+ week wait for exam to be marked and results to come through, I'm pretty confident I passed it as got 19/20 on deer recognition on the day (just mistook a tricky Roe Buck as a Doe), passed the shooting and safety walk and questions, so just waiting for main paper and meat hygiene papers to be marked.


    But this may seem like a daft question but what do I do next, I guess I need to book some stalks to get some experience and knowledge but who with?
    Also how do I go about getting my FAC conditions updated so that I could use my own rifle and expanding ammo on booked stalks as at the moment my rifle is conditioned as Target use only with non expanding ammo?

    Thanks in advance for any advice given

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    As far as getting your rifle conditioned for deer and expanding ammo, a short letter explaining what you want and telling them that you have passed Dsc1 should be enough (if you have some bookings for stalking that you can tell them about that would also help).

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    Book a stalk! That on its own should be enough to get your FAC altered. If you bring DSC into it, you may get stuck waiting for the certificates turn up before they allow you to use it as evidence.

    Although, you could ask Mike to provide confirmation that you attended DSC1 and passed the shooting and safety walk.

    It's frustrating having to wait isn't it?

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    I doubt you'll need to wait 6+ weeks.

    When I did mine last year the results were back in less than a month!

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    if Somerset follow the Dorset FEOs then DSC1 means nothing in terms of getting a Deer rifle (tho DSC2 apparently gets an Open ticket)

    you already having the Rifle and using it for target gives you plenty of exp Shooting on a range safely

    so booked stalks or invitational or a permission is what you need as reason to add the conditions

    ask your FEO and put in the variation they will tell you what they will like to see

    also remember you will get a closed ticket so you Will need to get the land details of any you book to shoot to check with the County its in FEO if its cleared (you can take the Stalkers word for it but its your FAC if its wrong) if not you need to get it cleared either by you putting in for it to the Stalker you book with then you checking again
    or use their estate rifle and nobody cares
    Last edited by FGYT; 04-02-2015 at 13:13.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeftHandGuy View Post
    Book a stalk! That on its own should be enough to get your FAC altered. If you bring DSC into it, you may get stuck waiting for the certificates turn up before they allow you to use it as evidence.

    Although, you could ask Mike to provide confirmation that you attended DSC1 and passed the shooting and safety walk.

    It's frustrating having to wait isn't it?
    I have my receipt from Mike but doubt that will be enough as they wouldn't give me permission to use expanding for the course.

    Yeah its going to be a frustrating wait

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    I got a note from my instructor and that was enough for Cambridge Police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FGYT View Post
    if Somerset follow the Dorset FEOs then DSC1 means nothing in terms of getting a Deer rifle (tho DSC2 apparently gets an Open ticket)

    you already having the Rifle and using it for target gives you plenty of exp Shooting on a range safely

    so booked stalks or invitational or a permission is what you need as reason to add the conditions

    ask your FEO and put in the variation they will tell you what they will like to see

    also remember you will get a closed ticket so you Will need to get the land details of any you book to shoot to check with the County its in FEO if its cleared (you can take the Stalkers word for it but its your FAC if its wrong) if not you need to get it cleared either by you putting in for it to the Stalker you book with then you checking again
    or use their estate rifle and nobody cares
    So if I read this right I would have to apply for separate land permission variation on any paid stalk I book to use my own rifle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primer View Post
    So if I read this right I would have to apply for separate land permission variation on any paid stalk I book to use my own rifle?
    Not land permission exactly, just check with the stalking guide if his permission has been passed by his local feo for rifles of your cal or larger. Or check with his fld directly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primer View Post
    I have my receipt from Mike but doubt that will be enough as they wouldn't give me permission to use expanding for the course.

    Yeah its going to be a frustrating wait
    Yes, I took a receipt too, but that's not quite what I meant. I do mean specifically asking Mike if he could give you an email stating that you passed the shooting test and safety walk. He could categorically affirm that, and those are the bits that relate most directly to firearm safety (though it's pretty obvious that you're safe since you have a solid history of firearms ownership).

    My local force were pretty good, simply signing up for a DSC1 would have been enough for them, as was simply having booked a stalk. They didn't even ask me to prove the booking. Avon and Somerset are clearly being more difficult. Did they tell you what they would accept?

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