Deer Stalking Certificate Level 1

The Deer Stalking Certificate 1 (DSC1) is a foundation level course in deer stalking suitable for beginners or those who wish to formalise thier experience in a qualification. Pre course study of the manual provided is required. 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, UK deer species, their biology and ecology, humane culling, carcass handling and food 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 Hygiene Question 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 offer pre course coaching in readiness for the shooting assessment. We also provide a manual and links to online study aids which are endorsed by the awarding body ‘Deer Management Qualifications’.

Find out more about our training delivery.

Find out more about Managing Director and Chief Instructor Ben Lightowler

To book an advertised course please register with us and book via the event page.

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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 also find our public upcoming courses listed at the bottom of the page.

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