Deer Stalking Certificate Level 2

The DSC Level 2 is a practically based qualification. It is open to individuals who already hold DSC Level 1 and have sufficient experience and understanding of deer management principles such as safety, law, humanely culling deer and hygienically preparing carcasses.

Candidates taking the DSC Level 2 course are required to successfully stalk a minimum of three deer on separate occasions. Candidates need to successfully carry out the stalks unassisted, while being witnessed by an Accredited Witness or Credible Witness. The witness will then document the candidate's proceedings in a portfolio.

Candidates will also include 'additional evidence' in their portfolio such as previous cull records and larder records. Once sufficient evidence has been gathered the candidate's portfolio is sent for verification by an independent assessor, appointed by a Deer Management Qualifications (DMQ) assessment centre.

Candidates cannot 'fail' DSC Level 2. If they have insufficient evidence in their portfolio they are simply required to continue gaining experience, knowledge and skills until they reach the required standard.

Once granted DSC Level 2 candidates are able to stalk unaccompanied using high-seats with Viscount. Organisations such as the Forestry Commission also stipulate that anyone taking on stalking leases from them must hold DSC Level 2.

For more information on DSC Level 2 please see: www.dmq.org.uk