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Deer Stalking Certificate – DSC1


These BASC courses are designed for the sportsman or woman who has recently taken up stalking and is seeking further advice and guidance.   The courses will provide an insight into and a wider understanding of deer stalking techniques and deer management.  The successful delegate will be awarded the Deer Management Qualifications Deer Stalking Certificate One and Large Game element of Wild Game Meat Hygiene requirements to meet the Food Hygiene regulations 2004. If bringing your own rifle, it must be a deer legal calibre.  Ammunition should be factory produced (no home loaded ammunition), .22 centrefire ammunition must be bullet weight 50 grain or more and 1,000 ft lb muzzle energy.  Rifles will be provided for those who do not own one. You should be able to consistently hit a 4” target at 100 metres and shoot laying down, kneeling and off sticks for the shooting element of the examinations.  Demand for the DSC1 courses is usually very high and places are allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. 

Course length

4 days


BASC members  £290

(not available to non-members)


Please select the course you wish to attend and complete the online booking form.

Additional information

  • Accommodation or lunch each day is not included in the cost of the courses.
  • The course fee includes DSC one registration with the awarding body.
  • The training manual will be sent on receipt of your course fee and booking form.
  • Candidates must be members of BASC.
  • BASC has the right to remove a candidate or halt the course due to unsafe or inappropriate behaviour or situations.
  • This course will be conducted using the English language.

Cancellation policy

Should there be insufficient bookings, BASC reserve the right to cancel the course. In the interests of fairness BASC will aim to provide candidates notification of cancellation as soon as possible prior to the advertised start date. There will be a non-returnable charge of £27 for the training manual in the event of cancellation.

The DMQ registration fee of £35.00 will be refunded when not transferring.

We strongly recommend that fees for any accommodation you book are refundable as BASC will not be responsible for any losses incurred by candidates. If for any reason you cancel your place on the course then the following scale of charges may apply:-

Reallocation to another course (only available 8 weeks or more before the course start date) £25
Cancellation more than 8 weeks before the course start date £95.40
Cancellation less than 8 weeks but more than 4 weeks before the course start date £163.80
Cancellation less than 4 weeks before the course start date £255.00

An experienced candidate may wish to undertake the assessment only without the training.  This is possible by booking onto an assessment day only, further details and costs available from the Sporting Services department.

For Further information and course dates contact the Training and Education Department 01244 573018. For further information on the DSC 1 Assessments and DSC1 Question Banks please follow the link below

“An intense course but adequately spread out over four days. All aspects were thoroughly covered and explained so that the candidate had a good understanding. Trainers were extremely approachable on issues. Great course and highly recommended.”

“Excellent course, very professionally presented. Much appreciated the accommodation and assistance for myself and another ‘disabled’ attendee”

“Very good balance between classroom and practical aspects.”

“An excellent platform for anyone, regardless of past experience, to learn and spread knowledge to future sportsmen/women. Well done BASC!”

“An excellent course, well presented and extremely useful to a novice stalker such as myself.”

“Great course and well laid out. Excellent instructors who know their stuff and great at explaining each element”

“Would highly recommend to a friend. The knowledge bank of the trainer has helped greatly in understanding the ecology and management of deer. Not just a course so you can finally make money out of your venison. Very good.”

“A very full and thorough course delivered by a very experienced trainer; real life anecdotes and examples proved both entertaining and enhanced the educational experience. Really good.”

“Can’t fault the trainer at all. Was unsure on the course before starting. First day I knew I had made the right decision.”

“Trainer was amazing. Overall the course prepared me to enter the world of deer stalking in a responsible manner”

“4 days of learning and covering everything that I wanted to know about deer stalking and handling of the carcass. p.s. very enjoyable”

Plaudits Just a quick email to say thanks for Sunday, and to feedback my thanks to Trevor, the course was excellent (although stressful!), I had not realized how in depth it would be, it was thorough, and the training was very good indeed. I could not have taken the tests/exams without the training course, just reading through the manual etc, and other literature is not enough.  I would recommend this course to anyone who is thinking of taking up deer stalking – it was fantastic.  BW  14 October 14

September 2019

23 Sep 2019 - 26 Sep 2019 Deer Stalking Certificate 1 - Hilborough, Thetford, Norfolk Hilborough Village Hall, Westgate Street,Hilborough, Thetford

October 2019

03 Oct 2019 - 06 Oct 2019 Deer Stalking Certificate 1 - Longparish, Hampshire ** Fully Booked** Longparish Village Hall, Longparish,Andover

03 Oct 2019 - 06 Oct 2019 Deer Stalking Certificate 1 - Thoresby Estate, Nottinghamshire Perlethorpe Village Hall, Perlethorpe,Ollerton

04 Oct 2019 - 07 Oct 2019 Deer Stalking Certificate 1 - Knepp Estate, West Sussex **Fully Booked** Knepp Estate, West Grinstead,Horsham

04 Oct 2019 - 07 Oct 2019 Deer Stalking Certificate 1 - Showell Farm, Oxfordshire Showell Farm, Chipping Norton,Oxon

11 Oct 2019 - 14 Oct 2019 Deer Stalking Certificate 1 - Lady's Wood Shooting School, Chipping Sodbury Lady’s Wood, Mapleridge Lane,Horton

24 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019 Deer Stalking Certificate 1 - BASC Scotland, Trochry ** Fully Booked ** BASC Scottish Centre, Trochry,Dunkeld

November 2019

07 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019 Deer Stalking Certificate 1 - Wadhurst Park, East Sussex Wadhurst Park, Wadhurst,Wadhurst

December 2019

06 Dec 2019 - 09 Dec 2019 Deer Stalking Certificate 1 - Eridge Park, Kent Eridge Park, Eridge Park,Tunbridge Wells

07 Dec 2019 - 10 Dec 2019 Deer Stalking Certificate 1 - Essex Shooting School, Essex The Essex Shooting School, WOODSIDE, THORNWOOD,EPPING

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