DSC Level 2

DSC Level 2

Level two is the next step after people who have completed DSC1 and have gained experience of culling deer. There are many advantages to achieving your Deer Stalking Certificate Level 2 but the main benefits:

  • this person has achieved a high level of knowledge and understanding, experience and field craft working in the management of deer
  • this person will be recognised as being trained to a high standard
  • this person will have greater access to holding sporting leases from forestry companies who require this qualification as their minimum standard.

We offer training on a bespoke basis for any individual needs and a proud to be able to meet the needs of our clients that progress through from DSC level 1 onto DSC level 2. Most candidates need a day or so of training to prepare them for the standards we would expect from candidates beginning their witnessed stalking outings. This can include equipment preparation, field working in a larder environment.

The DSC2 assessment involve the 'candidate' being assessed by an 'approved witness' who is there to observe the candidate in their preparation for stalking deer, the stalking and culling of deer and the gralloching and extraction of deer from the field. The standards for lardering any deer harvested are high but it is not required for a candidate to have their own larder as carcasses may be taken directly to game dealers or other places of suitable storage.  Questioning by the witness will ensure the sound knowledge across the standards of the culls carried out.

The costs for witnessing vary greatly depending on the witness assessing, whether it is on the candidates ground or the witnesses ground and how far a witness may have to travel to assess a candidate on their own ground. Our costs for witnessing are based on fixed rates so that the costs to candidates are transparent and can be worked out easily before any level 2 work begins. It is important to remember that there are no guarantees that a candidate will shoot a deer on an outing but usually a witness will be able to record evidence that contributes towards the completing of a cull record.

Witnessing fee per outing - £30.00
Travelling costs per 10 miles - £5.00
ICR Completion session (up to three hours) - £30.00

Booked outings on the witnesses ground vary based on the target species and sex of the deer in season. With male deer there are usually trophy fees that would be payable and so it may be advisable to try and do your level 2 work during the doe and hind culling season. Usually for roe deer does the outing fees vary between £50 -£70 per outing and around £30 per shot taken. Overall therefor you might be able to shoot on the witnesses ground and cull a doe for around £180 including the witnessing costs and paperwork. But it is far less if you have your own grounds with a healthy population of deer.

 

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