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. 


BASC members  £290 (not available to non-members)

Course length

4 days

Important information

  • We recommend that DSC1 candidates start studying at least eight weeks prior to your course.
  • Ammunition must be factory produced (no home loaded ammunition). .22 centrefire ammunition must be bullet weight 50 grain or more and 1,000ft lb muzzle energy.
  • Members who hold a current FAC will be required to produce it for inspection at BASC courses or events.
  • All members will be required to sign the Section 21 declaration at each course or event prior to shooting.
  • Members must not be a prohibited person under Section 21 1968 Firearms Act or under Article 63 2004 Firearms (N Ireland) Order.

Deer Stalking Certificate - DSC1 Courses

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


“Just to say thank you very much for allowing me to attend the DSC1 last week. I was extremely impressed at the standard of the training and the depth of knowledge that is gained both from the pre-course information and the course itself. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and I found it extremely useful talking with the other students during the course, gaining an insight into the various issues that affect them.
Having completed the course (and hopefully passed) I feel that it has benefited me greatly. It is no exaggeration when I say that my knowledge of the subject has improved massively and this will without doubt assist my role.
I was extremely impressed with the level of knowledge and experience of the trainer. He was excellent during the training and extremely supportive assisting with my preparation. It is clear he has a huge amount of experience and I found it very useful listening to his practical advice.
Once again, thank you and I look forward to the potential partnership working opportunities in the future”. CC

“Excellent course, very professionally presented much appreciated the accommodation for myself and another disabled attendee”

“I have just successfully completed the Deer Identification quiz which was sent out to DSC1 students preparing for their course.  I found it very enjoyable and helpful with a good level of challenging pictures mixed in with the ones that I knew straight away.  Sometimes it is a little hard to pick up a book and start revising but the quiz was an entertaining way to revise and test the level of my knowledge at the same time.”

“I wanted to pass on my thanks to the whole Education team for what I found to be a well run, enjoyable and informative DSC1 course. As with all courses I have attended through BASC, this one was certainly worthwhile and valuable.”

“Excellent course, instructor was passionate and knowledgeable, really enjoyed it.”

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