Wait to see the feathers fly with this one
I did level 1 with basc not as expensive as bds in the lake district,also took level 2 part in lakes and rest in south west scotland agian not too hard on the pocket as for the rush on fc stalkers to get level 2 they must have been warned it was needed
i bought the material to study dsc1 at home, never got round to doing the test. i did however use the manual last night to to raise the stock of my rifle whilst boresighting my new scope, very useful book!
i did my dsc1 last year with mudman. it was a great course as he said, although we did have to return to do the assessment.
i am currently working towards my level 2.
i also have a GCSE in Welsh language, I am an aircraft recognition instructor and loads of other really useful stuff.
my aim is to train up to accreditted witness level.
when i first started deer stalking i thought i would never do the qualifications as i believed they were a cynical money making ploy. However i have found them necassary to access some stalking. when i did the course i found it very interesting and whilst i maybe didn't learn a huge amount i found that it confirmed my practises and the chatting with the other guys was great.
We may TAKE THE **** GENTS , but more and more permit leases/ land leases are asking the question, are you qualified ! to do this n that ! have you insurance to cover your activities! etc!. I shoot a permit with .22rf for rabbits /vermin on a Livery farm, small change ! but the owners want someone with knowse that ain't ,Gonna pop a Thoroughbred, when lamping,.I would be popular eh!! any horse haters, preempt my answer and go away.!
The only resaon I decided to take Level 2 is because of the leases I already had, and if they had decided to ask me for Level 2 I would be ahead of the game; at the time I was managing 12,500 acres in Scotland for a gentlemen, and had been stalking and managing deer for about 18 years.
I also feel as many do that it will be a requirement eventually Level 1 is already (and please dont tell me its not, just about every constabulary are asking for it before they allow any new FA applications), so that is why I decided to take Level 2. The whole affair run by BASC was a bloody cock up that took nearly two years to sort out with them, hopeless, and after this I left BASC never ever to return.
Not for any other reason did I take Level 2, and I also had the stalks on my own ground verified, which saved some money, so i was lucky. No way would I pay for it today, or pay to be taken out, many of the AW's at the time hadnt got a clue. I am sure things are much diiferent now with a more open approach, at least I hope so.