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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:

DSC1 Three Day Course 

DSC1 courses are run by the Society over three days at several locations throughout the UK. 

The course comprises two days of professional classroom instruction including a series of lectures, videos and discussion and a day at the range testing your field safety and shooting. 

There are five assessments to be undertaken, resulting in a DSC1 Certificate for those who achieve the pass grade.   

The three-day DSC1 training course costs £295.00. This includes all assessments, a comprehensive 327-page training manual and DMQ registration.

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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 may only wish to take the DSC1 assessments. 

The British Deer Society has a limited number of assessment only places available on each DSC1 course.

Assessment only attendees will be asked to attend for the specific assessment period ONLY and no tuition will be given.

However, you may benefit from refreshing your knowledge by purchasing a BDS Training Manual and/or by using our revision online course Ultimate Deer Data 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 Game – knowledge of the inspection of carcasses and the legal requirements by attending and passing this assessment.

The cost is £40.00 which includes a new updated DSC1 Certificate. 

Read what previous candidates have said about our DSC1 course

Prepare for DCS1 with Ultmate Deer Data

Ultimate Deer Data online training, available only from the British Deer Society, is an interactive training package enabling you to acquire and test your knowledge in preparation for taking the Deer Stalking Certificate 1. 

The interactive quizzes and deer identification quizzes can be used time and time again allowing you to build up a depth of knowledge and the thorough understanding needed to pass the DSC1 formal assessments.

Whilst UDD is primarily aimed at people wanting to achieve DSC1, due to the significant volume of and quality of its content, it is of equal value as an important educational resource to anyone worldwide needing to gain knowledge of British deer and their related management.

UDD online costs £20.00 for 60 days, which can be renewed if more time is required.

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