DSC1 (Deer Stalkers Certificate Level 1)

Deer stalking certificate DSC1 Course

Awarding Body:


Training course type:

On-site training and assessment

Novice training course duration:

3 days

Novice candidate numbers:

We limit our courses to only 12 candidates to allow for 1:1 tuition where required.

Card options:

Upon completion of the course, you will receive our LANTRA Awards Approved certificate of competence. Where required, we can also assist with FAC applications and variations

Minimum age:



To gain the most from this training course, applicants should ideally have some experience in deer stalking or deer management, but this is not a necessity.



What is The DSC1 (Deer Stalkers Certificate Level 1)?

This nationally recognised course – a customised provision approved by LANTRA AWARDS – DSC Level 1 is now seen as the basic industry standard in stalker training, our highly experienced trainers have been running DSC Level 1 sit-in training courses for many years, and are proud to boast one of the country’s highest pass rate in our candidates. The DSC L1 courses will be held in Hampshire. This brand new LANTRA Deer Stalking Development (Stage 1) course is your logical next step to becoming a safe, efficient and successful deer stalker. You will learn the key skills that will give you a completely new outlook into what humane, ethical and sustainable deer stalking is all about. The course will teach you some exciting new skills, techniques and strategies that you can use immediately, and that will give you immediate results.
DSC1 training consists of a balanced fusion of sound theoretical instruction, delivered through carefully structured lectures supported by easy-to-follow power-point presentations, and a suite of useful pre-course study material ensuring that information dissemination and learning techniques are maximised.

Our approach to DSC training is based on helping the candidate to develop a learning pattern, backed up with a bank of questions and visual aids to maximise learning performance.


What does the training course include?

The areas of tuition are:

  • Introduction to Deer Management & DSC Level 1
  • Theoretical (based on the bank of DSCL1 questions)
  • Practical and theoretical Safety training
  • Understanding rifle marksmanship
  • Practical rifle marksmanship
  • Deer identification
  • Practical rifle shooting


Theory assessment:

Part of our training strategy is to observe the performance of all candidates throughout the various training elements of the course. Where it is observed that candidates appear to be struggling with any aspect, then a Field Operator specialising in the particular aspect will be assigned to deliver personal 1:1 training where possible. This is to ensure that the candidate develops both confidence and knowledge and is comfortable with going into the final assessment for DSC Level 1.

Recognised industries:

Agriculture, Public Sector, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, Land based industry, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying, Utilities, Councils, Shooting, Corporate, Sports, Estates

Known as:

Deer Stalking certificate, DSC

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