Should you do your Deer Stalkers Certificate Level 2

The Deer Stalkers Certificate level 1 has been a huge success and for many Police forces has been an unofficial requirement for individuals wanting an entitlement to shoot deer on their Firearm Certificate. It has also added a professional feel to deer stalking.

DSC2250The Deer Stalkers Certificate level 1 has been a huge success and for many Police forces has been an unofficial requirement for individuals wanting an entitlement to shoot deer on their Firearm Certificate. It has also added a professional feel to deer stalking.

The DSC2 however has not been so widely adopted. It seems that whilst there are obvious advantages to taking your DSC1 there are less advantages to taking the Deer Stalkers Certificate Level 2.

For many the motivation to take the DSC2 is out of a desire to stalk over or lease Forestry Commission land. (DSC2 being the requirement), or because they are professionals in their field and need to be seen to have the right formal qualifications.

However as an Approved Witness myself I can see that for most recreational stalkers who have their own land to stalk over, the DSC2 can be an unnecessarily expensive and time consuming business.

In fact it took me ten outings with my chosen Approved Witness before I finally managed to complete the required three Culls. However as a professional guide I had a clear motivation to do it. For many this is not the case.

Added to this, these day's applicants can no longer use an Industry Professional to witness their stalks but instead must use an 'Approved Witness'. Whilst this has improved the integrity of the process it has also meant that the process is often more costly.

So why do it? Well my thoughts are this. As with most things I suspect that the requirements and constraints on our sport are not going to get any less. As much as people won't want to hear it, I suspect that given time more and more Police Forces, land owners and maybe even the government will want to see applicants having achieved their Level II in order to be able to stalk deer.

I can hear many people groaning as they read this however the sad reality is I don't expect bureaucracy in our sport will become less, that's not my desire to see it but the reality.

My advice is this, if you already visit a professional stalker to do your stalking then why not do it? Very often it will cost you very little extra and you can get the qualification during the regular course of your outings with little extra effort.

If you are a recreational stalker and have your own ground then ask an AW to visit you. This is often cheaper and you yourself will have a better idea as to how many attempts it might realistically take to complete your portfolio.

Failing that then by all means enjoy your stalking but beware the tide of increased legislation!!

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