Proficient Deer Stalking Certificate (PDS1)
Nationally recognised and Accredited course
A few more words about the PDS1 Certificate
PDS1 Course Supporters
Trained Hunter status includes:
Proficient Deer Stalker Certificate (PDS1)
Module 1: Understanding the need to manage deer
Why become a trained hunter? Understanding the need for hunters to be qualified and the application of the qualification to the grant of a UK Firearms Certificate
Understanding the unique nature of Firearms Certificates and top tips on how to apply and complete your own FAC application
Choosing the right calibre and weapon for you
Exam Module 1
Module 2: Firearms safety & rifle components
Component parts of a rifle and additional safety tips
Exam Module 2
Module 3: Where to place your bullet & variants of shot placement
The Neck shot
Reaction of the Deer to the shot
Summary of Deer reactions
Exam: Module 3
Module 4: Zeroing and point blank range
Understanding the principles of bullet drop windage and point-blank range
Exam: Module 4
Module 5: Marksmanship
Shooting positions - standing/kneeling/prone/high-sea
Exam: Module 5
Module 6: After the shot
Following a blood trail
Exam: Module 6
Module 7: Carcass extraction, handling & inspection
Inspection and food hygiene
Exam: Module 7
Module 8: Deer identification
Chinese Water Deer
Exam: Module 8
Module 9: UK Legislation
Exam Module 9
Module 10: Deer Stalking in Scotland
Deer species in Scotland
Taking the shot, bullet drop at extended ranges, and the effect of wind
Exam Module 10
Module 11: Buying your equipment and getting out deer stalking
How to behave during a guided stalk
Where to go from here?
Large Game Meat Food Hygiene Course
Module 1: Hygiene rules and proper techniques for the handling, evisceration, extraction, and transportation of wild game animals after shooting
The benefits of eating Venison
Understanding your responsibilities
Carcass Extraction & Transportation
The Deer Larder
Disposal of Waste
Module 2: Identifying Normal & Abnormal anatomy, physiology
and behaviour of wild game
Understanding the Normal Anatomy of Deer
Module 3. Pathological changes in wild game due to disease environmental contamination and other factors.
Understanding Disease in Deer
Internal Indications of Disease
Inspection of the Pluck (Red Offal) for disease
Module 4: Legislation and administrative provisions on animal and public health, and hygiene conditions governing the placing of wild game on the market
Peter S Jones
Peter has been stalking & hunting deer and other large game throughout the UK, Europe and Africa for the last 25 years. He holds PDS1 & PDS2 and DSC1 & DSC2. He is an 'Approved Witness' for the 'British Deer Society' in Deer Management Qualifications, 'Approved Verifier' for the PDS1 Deer Stalking Qualification, Chairman & Founder of the exclusive Capreolus Club and Chief Instructor at County Deer Stalking - an Approved LANTRA & UKRS training provider.
In addition to many years spent providing expert tuition and guidance to hunting clients, Peter has also been responsible for delivering training and weapon familiarisation programs to Zoos, Enclosures and Wildlife Parks. Prior to this, Peter also served for 10 years as a Metropolitan Police Detective in the MPS Crime Squads & CID.
During his career, Peter was awarded a ‘Commendation for Bravery & Professionalism’, for his handling of an armed incident, before retiring from the force with an ‘Exemplary Service Certificate’. Peter's training and service in the Police and his in-depth knowledge of firearms legislation and the law surrounding firearm ownership, gives him a unique skill set that is of huge benefit to academy candidates and those taking their PDS1 Certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. I am completely new to deer stalking, is the PDS1 course for me?
Q. What is the difference between DSC1 and PDS1?
Unlike the DSC1, which is delivered in a classroom setting and delivered on specific dates, the PDS1 can be achieved through online training and one-to-one instruction at a time and place that suits you.
Q. I have an existing Firearms Certificate (FAC) but want to get a variation to be able to shoot deer, will the PDS1 help with this?
Q. I am visiting the UK from abroad and wish to understand what is expected of me before I arrive, does the PDS1 help with this?
Q. Is the PDS1 an established and recognised qualification?
A. Accredited by both the UK's leading awarding bodies in land-based industries - LANTRA and UKRS, the PDS1 is a nationally recognised course that has been running for over a decade and has been awarded to hundreds of candidates. It is also recognised by the National Rifle Association (NRA), the Police and countless Landowners.
Q. Having completed the PDS1 course, will I need to get my own FAC and rifle before I can go stalking?
Craig HARTley, Barbury Shooting School
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