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Deer Stalking Certificate 1

Deer Stalking Certificate 1

The Deer Stalking Certificate 1 qualification is a nationally recognised award which has been given to nearly 30 thousand individuals.  

Whether you’re new to deer stalking or already an experienced Deer Manager, the DSC1 provides a comprehensive guide to deer stalking techniques and management.  The DSC1 is the foundation of deer skills development.

To be awarded the DSC1 certificate you must demonstrate knowledge and skills to successfully pass formal assessments in the following areas:

General Knowledge of the 6 species of deer found in Great Britain and Northern Ireland  
Deer legislation
Deer identification
Large Game – knowledge of the inspection of carcasses and the legal requirements

  pdf DSC1 Guidance Notes (61 KB)

DSC1 Three Day Course 

DSC1 courses are run by the Society over three days at numerous locations throughout the UK.  The course comprises two days professional classroom instruction including a series of lectures, videos and discussion and a day at the range testing your field safety and shooting.  At the end of the course there are five assessments to be undertaken resulting in a DSC1 Certificate for those who achieve the pass grade.    

The cost of the three day DSC1 training course is £295.00 this includes all assessments a comprehensive 327 page training manual and DMQ registration.

Book online, or download an application form: 


DSC1 Assessment Only

Deer Management Qualifications (DMQ) recognise that people with considerable prior knowledge and experience may not feel the need to attend a full training course and as such are able to take only the DSC1 assessments leading to the award of DSC1.  Assessments are normally taken as part of a full DSC1 course which you will attend for the specific assessment period only.  No tuition will be given, however you may benefit from refreshing your knowledge by purchasing a BDS Training Manual or Ultimate Deer Data online training.

Retaking an Assessment

If you have already registered with Deer Management Qualifications and need to retake one or more of the DSC1 assessments to complete your DSC1 qualification, these can be taken by attending the relevant assessment period on any of our scheduled DSC1 courses. 

Each assessment costs £25.00 to retake. All assessments must be taken within a three year period from first registration for the award. 

Game Meat Qualification  

Candidates who gained their DSC1 award before 2006 can upgrade their Deer Stalking Certificate 1 to include Large Wild Game Meat & Hygiene for Trained Hunter Status by attending and passing a fifth assessment.

The cost is £40.00 which includes a new DSC1 Certificate reflecting Large Game Trained Hunter Status. 

Download an application for:

   pdf DSC1 Three Day Course application form (86 KB)
    pdf DSC1 Re-Assessment application form  (112 KB)
    pdf DSC1 Assessments Only application form (96 KB)   pdf    (115 KB) pdf DSC1 Trained Hunter application form (115 KB)

What our candidates say!

Read what previous candidates have said about our DSC1 course.

"A big thank you to you and all of your team for putting on an excellent DSC1 course. I learnt more than I thought possible in the space of three days and thoroughly enjoyed it all.

There is always a considerable amount of behind the scenes preparation that goes into delivering any successful training, and it was clear, right from the start of the course the level of preparation and planning that had gone into it. Thank you."


"The three day course was one of the best courses that I have been on. They explained all the requirements that I needed to complete the course successfully. I can not thank them enough. Well done BDS."