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The training takes place within Swinley Forest, which is a 3,000 acre woodland area managed by Crown Estate, Windsor.

The Society has been running deer-related training courses for many years, with the Deer Stalking Certificate 1 course being our most popular. In recent years however, the student profile has undergone some subtle changes, with younger and less experienced students taking their first steps into the stalking world.


Many of the students on a DSC1 course can have little or no experience of stalking and some may not have their own Firearm Certificate. With this in mind taking the next step on to a DSC2 course may be currently beyond their scope.

At the end of a DSC1 course, it is part of the BDS course curriculum to inform students of DSC2, explaining briefly what is involved but with a forewarning not to consider enrolling for the award until such time as they have gained sufficient skill and experience to be able to achieve the requirements of the DSC2 .

However, to help students gain the needed skills and experience for DSC2 the BDS has a lease to manage deer within Swinley Forest, which is a 3,000 acre woodland area managed by Crown Estate, Windsor.

In partnership with Crown Estate, the charity is able to offer BDS members one-to-one individual training in all aspects of stalking and shooting deer, gralloching, transportation and larder operations leading toward a carcass hanging in chilled storage ready to enter the food chain.

A participant will have two outings with a professional BDS training instructor who will guide them through all aspects of stalking and dealing with a carcass after the shot. They will be shown how to deal with specific procedures which they will be encouraged to attempt themselves. For those without their own rifles, one may be borrowed from the instructor under the terms of Section 16 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988.

This great opportunity cost just £300 and is a great investment for anyone keen to go further in stalking and deer management after taking the DSC1.

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