Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1


About the Qualification.

The Deer Stalking Certificate 1 (DSC1) is a foundation level course in deer stalking. On successful completion of the course and it’s assessments the candidate will have a good theoretical knowledge of all aspects of deer stalking including, the law, safety, ballistics, deer species and their biology and ecology, humane culling, carcass handling and hygiene.

The course culminates with 5 Assessments,

General Question Paper – 50 multiple choice questions – Selected from a cross section of the DSC1 Syllabus. Pass mark 40/50

Food Hygeine Queston Paper – 40 multiple choice questions – Pass Mark 32/40. This forms the theory element of your Large Game Meat Hygiene assessment which is completed with the practical assessment when you progress on to your DSC2.

Visual ID Assessment – 20 Slides on a powerpoint presentation. You must record the Species and the sex pictured on each. Pass mark 16/20

The Safety Assessment – A simulated deer stalk where you will be tested practically/verbally on saftey in different scenarios. Pass Mark 10/10

The Shooting Assessment – You will be required to prove a minium standard of marksmanship on a deer target from set distances, in different positions, using deer stalking shooting aids. For standards please watch our video below.

Pre course study and preparation is required. We provide coaching in readiness for the shooting assessment. We also provide the option of the DSC1 Course manual and links to online study aids which are endorsed by the awarding body ‘Deer Management Qualifications’.

About our Team.

Deer Central’s DSC1 course is run ‘in house’ by our own BASC approved Trainer/Assessor team. Our instructors are qualified and highly experienced both in the deer industry and in teaching and instructing. 

The benefit of an Assessor led course, apart from the depth of experience, is the flexibility of content delivery which can be adapted to suit the current level of the candidates and our understanding of the assessment process.  Whatever your level of experience you can be sure that our relaxed and informal but professional approach will provide you the best environment for learning the course content.

About our Venues.

We can run our course from any suitable location in the UK for any number of candidates. We are currently based on the Somerset / Dorset Border.

To book an advertised course please register with us and book via the event page at the following link,


To register interest, enquire about one to one courses or organising a private course for a group please use our contact page or our facebook messenger. You will find our public upcoming courses listed at the bottom of the page.

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