deer stalking certificate

apollo

Well-Known Member
#3
I have been studying now for a few months with the cd rom and the manuals, so if anyone knows of someone that just does the test part let me know.
Im in south wales so the nearer the better...eddie
 

remmy7

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#4
Hello Apollo,

I attended the assessment days only at the end of a course that the BDS was running in Comrie and did not feel that I was disadvantaged in any way from not attending the full course. I attended the BDS assessment day as the BASC assessment day that I was originally going to attend had been cancelled due to lack of interest. Whilst this was back in 2003. I am sure that this situation still exists as I have heard a few stalkers stating that they were going to the next assessments available. I do not actually know any person that has felt the need to attend any of the full courses available. I feel sure that a phone call to either BDS or to your regional BASC office will give you a choice of assessment days available. Furthermore if there are enough people interested BASC have in the past carried out additional assessments, perhaps a word with the local RFD might reveal enough bodies interested to arrange this.

I know that some feel that the DSC is pandering to bureaucracy but the best of luck.

Remmy7
 

apollo

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#5
Thank you sir, im a member of BASC so i will check with them, i think it is common place to just do the assesment these days its a matter of finding one near and an available date....... thanks again eddie
 
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Davie

Guest
#6
Nice to see you lads getting on with learning and the DSC will help a lot . Just a thought are the ones that hold forrestry lease places getting on with there level 2 . I was informed by a chap yesterday that all members would need it by JAN 2008 . I would like to know if this is official or just speculation.
 

apollo

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#7
Personaly i dont shoot on any ground that says i have to have it so mine is just for knowledge and the future, we did inquire a while back about some private woodland and were asked if we had both one and two, so its creeping in everywhere...
 

Jason

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#8
[6.5x55]I was informed by a chap yesterday that all members would need it by JAN 2008 . I would like to know if this is official or just speculation.

It's happening, a friend of mine who has a lease with the Forestory commision has been told that he must have level 2 in order to stalk on commision land. [/quote]
 

remmy7

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#9
Jason

I can also confirm the FC will require the level2 Qualification by the end of 2008 just as I posted elsewhere earlier in the year. I learned this from the FC at the tail end of last year. I dont know how firmly they will enforce this rule but they have definitley made the requirment clear.

Remmy7
 

remmy7

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#10
Jason,

Sorry a correction to that last post, by the begining of 2008. I should really start to read my posts before I submit them.

Remmy7
 

rogern

Active Member
#14
DMQ etc

I have just taken an F C lease.

In the original info pack that came with the invitation to tender, it stated that Level 2 would be required by Jan 08, we questioned this and were told that "we would have to be seen to be working towards it" ie registered I guess.

Not all Acredited Witnesses are greedy, I know a lot that only charge for travelling, as in any domain there are cowboys and rip off merchants, the stalking world is no different.

I agree with Pete E, I reckon within a couple of years you will need at least DMQ1 or its equvilent to obtain a rifle for deerstalking. Whilst I am not in favour of forced regulation, I think we are the only country in Europe that does not have any mandatory 'tests' before a firearm is granted.
 

Chops

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#15
Personally I think that it would be a good idea to have the fiirearms equvilant of a CBT (compulsory basic training) like for 50cc scooters.

There is no pass or fail, but a half of instruction on how to handle a weapon safely, select safe shots and options open to the shooter when buying rifles and equipment.

Like a CBT test it would a fixed cost (say £50), which would hellp to reduce the cowboy element. :D

In the long term I always think it is better to educate people rather then test them... there is no one single right way to do anything, but there are wrongs; I think it is these that need to taught.
 
#17
Hi there, I did my DSC in November as I was completley new to stalking. I can not rate it highly enough for someone without experience. Not only did I learn a lot about deer that isn't in a book (the course was run by the FC via BASC) but I also met loads of experienced stalkers and even managed to get invited stalking.

I personaly would support mandatory traing for people (like myself) with no or with very little stalking experience and I know it hasn't done me any harm with my FAC application.
 
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splash

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#18
Lostinthewoods said:
Hi there, I did my DSC in November as I was completley new to stalking. I can not rate it highly enough for someone without experience. Not only did I learn a lot about deer that isn't in a book (the course was run by the FC via BASC) but I also met loads of experienced stalkers and even managed to get invited stalking.

I personaly would support mandatory traing for people (like myself) with no or with very little stalking experience and I know it hasn't done me any harm with my FAC application.
Labour would love you !

Lets get rid of the £ 6 game licence and have a £ 200 yearly hunting proficency test !!!!

Are you MAD ?

There are to many people wanting to make shooting less accessable as it is without agreeing to alter what is a safe sport in the UK already.
I Agree that some like to go on courses but i oppose any forced rule unless i is a proven fact that shooting sports are NOT safety lead and need any thing Mandatory.
Because lets face it if i was mandatory do you think the course costs will drop or rise ?

Think on !!

Dean
 
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splash

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#20
Yes i know that, but at the moment it is not a requirered test.
The poster said he would not mind if it was forced on us all .

How many tests do you know that are for life ?
 

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