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The Deer Stalking Certificate 2 (DSC2) qualification enables candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and competence in legally, safely and humanely culling deer. 

DSC 2 is assessed on the basis of evidence that the candidate collects in the DSC2 electronic portfolio Once registered, candidates have three years to complete their evidence gathering. Any evidence that is more than 3 years old will not be considered.

To achieve the DSC 2 award a candidate must demonstrate that they have stalked, humanely dispatched, inspected, transported and prepared deer for storage, to the required standard, under witness observation 

Deer Stalking Certificate 2 is a standalone qualification but is aligned with National Standards.


To register for DSC2 you must hold a  DSC1 qualification, DSC1 brown certificate along with a Lantra or NGO Large Game Meat Hygiene certificate or a DSC1 blue or green certificate.

BDS recommends that candidates obtain sufficient practical experience under the guidance of a competent person before registering for DSC2. Candidates are also advised to consult the Best Practice Guides issued for England and Wales or the Best practice Guides for Scotland, depending on where you live or stalk.

The cost of DSC2 registration is £180.00. Upon registration a DSC2 ePortfolio login and password will be sent to record evidence in.

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