BDS Training and Mentoring Scheme
The Society has been running deer-related training courses for many years, with the Deer Staking 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.
" This is a belated e-mail to once again say a big 'Thank You' for my two stalking sessions last month. You were a great guide. I thoroughly enjoyed each outing and learned a lot from you. From start to finish, right through to the very interesting larder time, it was a great experience and a type of stalking I'd not done before."
It is now usual for the majority of students on a DSC1 course to have little or no experience of stalking or indeed not to have their own Firearm Certificate. 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 . In practice this is an easy statement to make but it is perhaps not so easy for an inexperienced person to get reliable hands-on training.
Recognising this, the Society has taken on a 5 year 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 Society 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.
For a fee of £250.00 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. Participants 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 the section 16 Firearms (amendment) Act 1988.