My Deer Stalking Certificate, Level 1Having been twice invited me up to Haggistan to stalk Red stags, and having had a superb time and taken 4 beasts, the bug bit. I decided to buy myself a stalking rifle as described here.
The next step, in my mind, was to get some training and a qualification in this litigious and Health & Safety-obsessed era.
The obvious first step was the Deer Stalking Certificate, Level One, henceforth described as DSC.1
I joined BASC (£10,000,000 insurance is part of the membership package) for £66. Application was on line; my membership was through within hours.
Looking through the list of DSC.1 venues available, I found that BASC were holding one only a few miles from my home from 19th to 22nd June inclusive. I treated it as an omen and booked it at a cost of £290.
A few days later my course joining instructions arrived, together with an intimidating bundle of reading material which I was apparently supposed to have read and committed to memory before attending. This comprised the 240-page DSC Level 1 Training Manual and the roughly 40-page Wild Game Guide, which describes hygiene and legal meat sale requirements.
If you're interested in the level of knowledge required, the question banks can be downloaded from here.
Hmmm... As a complete novice, there was a lot of work to be done.
I resolved to wait until one month before the course began, then do 30 minutes study per day. During the last week I would increase that to one hour per day. Absent unavoidable commitments I managed to keep to that.
Before the course started BASC advised me that the venue had had to be changed for unspecified reasons. The new location was to be Bradshaw's gun shop near the charming town of Oundle in Northants. This business has just moved to a new location in excellent premises, and is well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Day One arrived, and a very nervous Mirage walked up the stairs to the lecture room, suffering from those "First day at new school" jitters.
Our instructor was to be a chap called Andy Papworth, a massively-experienced stalker and all-round nice chap.
My 11 fellow attendees were a varied group including a farmer, an army officer, a grain feed salesman, a carpenter and a civilian employee of the police. A good bunch of blokes.
Here's an idea of the venue:
The targets on which we would shoot for qualification:
Of the four days, the first 2½ were "chalk & talk", consisting of lectures accompanied by PowerPoint presentations. All of the relevant course material was covered, though it would take a brave man to turn up on Day One having done no study and rely on absorbing it all in the classroom.
Bradshaw's supplied tea, "coffee" ( ) and biscuits. We brought our own food.
The practical shoot was, typically, held on the crappiest day, with rain being driven by high, gusty winds.
The "range", looking back from the targets towards the firing points
The qualification shoot is as follows:
1. Three rounds prone from 100m to check zero and group size. A 4" group is a pass. If you don't achieve that, you get a total of up to three attempts on the day.
2. Two rounds prone at 100m against a life-size deer target with a 6" kill zone. The kill zone is faintly marked, and can't be seen through your sights.
3. Two rounds kneeling at 70m against the same deer target. Sticks or a long bipod may be used as a rest.
4. Two rounds standing at 40m against the same target. Again, sticks may be used.
Here's my group for the six shots as described above:
A nicely-centred, round group of exactly 2"! Phew!
My targets in situ, the zeroing effort being bottom left
A dismal pic of me as Andy marks my targets. His congratulatory handshake was very welcome, believe me
The written exams are described here and I don't intend to reinvent the wheel.
Continued on page 2.
This article was originally published in forum thread: My Deer Stalking Certificate, Level 1 started by mirage View original post
- '); loadVbCss(yuipath + '/treeview/assets/skins/sam/treeview.css'); //-->
Recent Forum Activityavoidspam
Thought I'd give this a go. Sorry if it's been tried before but I quite like the version on the other side of the pond. Everyone gets a bit creative with their camera's... Plus it's a nice opportunity to see what's out there....:) SamLast Post By: wrasse Yesterday, 04:32 PMStew
A KITH - Knife In The Hat - Everyone makes something (in this case a Kiridashi) then a list is made and everyone sends their creation to the next person on the list and everyone receives something from a different maker. --------------- So yesterday I was tasked with cutting some new coir...Last Post By: Stuart Mitchell Yesterday, 05:17 PMwellington03
Dating vintage knives is always very difficult and uncertain, it can be done to a degree by looking at the knife, pattern materials used etc a major clue can be how the blade/blades are marked. Just a few details about G Wostenholm markings One of the most well know Sheffield trade...Last Post By: Robjoh82 Yesterday, 01:16 PMsuingab
Hi ALL! I`m making custom scales for stock knives (from G10, Micarta, Wood, Carbon Fiber, C-Tek, Kirinite) Now I`m able to make scales for these knives Spyderco: Military, Paramilitary2, Endura4, Delica4, Stretch, Persistence, Tenacious, Resilience, UKPK G10, UKPK FRN, Pingo, Spy-DK ZT:...Last Post By: Corso Yesterday, 03:32 PMjimmypie
KI've been a knife guy all my life , from my first two bladed SAK at the age of 7 to the age of nearly 36 , I've been in the building trade all my adult life , so you'd think that "knife guy + practical guy = I should of done this sooner" , I'm not sure what's held me back, I love tinkering around...Last Post By: jimmypie Yesterday, 08:01 AMaarongough
Hey guys! So as you may know over the last few months I bought and then partially rebuilt a Vertical Machining Center (large CNC milling machine). I captured this process on video here: I realized last night that I hadn't done a WIP thread in a long time so I figured I should start one...Last Post By: mulletman6 Yesterday, 07:25 PMSaint-Just
In oyster country at the moment, and I've struggled for a while to find a suitable oyster knife. The classic ones have a very comfortable, thick wooden handle but a narrow blade: not ideal as 1) the grip for the handle is very good but it is actually safer to grab the blade itself, about 1.5...Last Post By: Nursie Yesterday, 10:38 PMdkonopinski
I have acquired an Sanrenmu 7092SUX-PH. I won't tell you how I got it, but suffice it to say that I'm considering marketing the email trail that resulted in it becoming my property as a sovereign insomnia remedy. I'm not always a patient man but I can be bloody minded if I feel I deserve better...Last Post By: alphaburner Yesterday, 10:08 PM