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On 1 September five accomplished deer stalkers attended a pre-DSC2 course at Jelen Premier Wildlife Services’ purpose-built training facility near Stockbridge. The aim of the course is to introduce the Deer Stalking Certificate level 2 (DSC2) system and process, and prepare candidates for successful completion of the mandatory three individual cull reports (ICRs) to achieve DSC2.
The training was delivered in the classroom by an experienced Approved Witness (AW), where the written aspects of the process were discussed. Requirements of the candidate, and the roles and responsibilities of the AW and the assessor, were clarified. The emphasis was on explaining that during the DSC2 process in the field, the candidate stalks and the AW ‘does what it says on the tin’, namely he only witnesses the field skills of the candidate and does not guide or offer advice. Should the candidate fail in one aspect – inaccurate shooting, poor and unsafe weapon handling and/or unhygienic carcass handling – then training opportunities are offered but the stalk does not qualify for DSC2 accreditation.
Finally, the group moved to Jelen PWS’s deer park where a series of red deer were culled. The candidates were given a demonstration of how best to complete a suspended carcass gralloch (gutting). Thereafter they all completed several animals efficiently and their new-found confidence was clearly evident.
All the candidates have now booked their DSC2i opportunities in November, where they will cull three animals in two days to achieve DSC2.
If you are interested in attending either pre-DSC2 or DSC2i please contact Jelen-PWS by emailing email@example.com or calling 01264 811155.
To find out more about Jelen Premier Wildlife Services, click here
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