...pursuing DSC 2 is a natural progression to re-enforcing what has been learnt in DSC 1 and gaining valuable practical experience, ....
DSC2 is a practical based qualification. So you're showing not just that you learnt something, but that you can consistently reach the required standard based on demonstrating both knowledge and competence.
No one is forced to do DSC2, but many find it rewarding. With almost 5,000 individuals having attained the DSC2 standard it hardly classifies as an "ego trip", but neither does it imply that you're somehow part of the stalking elite.
It doesn't require any greater level of marksmanship than DSC1 either, so no bragging rights from that perspective either
What are the benefits of having DSC 2 ? I`ve got DSC 1 and considering DSC 2 but the only benefits I can see so far is the possibility of stalking on Forestry Commission land ,it looks like by the end of the day there will be no change out of a grand.
I don't have a full view of DSC2 at all hence I asked about the benefits , do lease let us know how it can be done cheaper than £1k.
if you pay for stalking, it costs as much as the number of stalks required to cull 3 deer and demonstrate best practice (or knowledge thereof). In that respect, it costs nothing (apart from the registration fee), as you would be going stalking anyway.
If you have done DSC1 & shot a few deer you prety much know what you have to do[/QUOTE]
In theory. Yes. But DSC2 is not a theory assessment. It is measuring your practical skills and applied knowledge against a set standard. For this you will need to be sufficiently familiar (with practical experience) with the entire process of getting a deer from the field and into the food chain . Shooting a few deer will not give you this experience.
I know there are a few providers out there that will nurse you through the Level 2 having very little prior experience but they let the side down as it falls short of DMQ standard.
DSC1 is head knowledge with no practical experience required. DSC2 is a practical test, having learned how to apply the theory (across a wide range of topics) to the point you are confident you can demonstrate it.