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Our relentless campaigning has guaranteed that we continue to enjoy our rural activity. We continue to work tirelessly to protect your sport and we use our resources wisely.

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Countryside Alliance Ireland Deer Stalking Course Level 1

Countryside Alliance Ireland is pleased to announce that it is holding a Deer Stalking Course Level 1. The course will be run over the three days of 22nd, 23rd and 24th of September 2017. The course will run from Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday.



The Skerry Inn Newtown-Crommelin Ballymena BT43 6RJ with the practical session being held on Blakiston Houston Estates at Altarichard.

This intensive two day training course is delivered by one of our experienced instructors with a blend of theoretical and practical skills, fulfilling the requirements of the DSC 1 assessment.

What is involved?
Deer biology and ecology. 
Stalking techniques and taking the shot. 
Deer identification. 
Large Game Meat Hygiene.

Deer Stalking Certificate 1

Accrediting Body

Candidates who complete all 5 elements of the DSC 1 assessment will have their papers internally verified by the assessment centre (SRUC Barony Campus). Provided there are no problems, we will then advise DMQ who will then issue a DSC1 certificate.

Entry Requirements
Some knowledge/experience of Stalking is advantageous but not a requirement

Certification/Award on Completion
Deer Stalking Certificate 1

What you will need to bring
Pen and paper and manual. You will require a deer legal rifle for the shooting assessment scheduled for the Sunday. Rifles available on request.

£290.00 including assessment and training manual, rifle hire, ammunition, tea/coffee and lunch (Sat).

Cancellation policy
Should there be insufficient bookings, we reserve the right to cancel the course. In the interests of fairness we will aim to provide candidates notification of cancellation as soon as possible prior to the advertised start date.

We strongly recommend that fees for any accommodation you book are refundable as we will not be responsible for any losses incurred by candidates.

To book your place on the course please contact our office at 64A Dows Road Belfast BT8 8LB tel: 028 9263 9911 where you can pay your (non-refundable) deposit of £100.

If the course is oversubscribed we can arrange your booking to be transferred to a future course date.

Sponsorship Acknowledgement
Lavin Guns are proud to be one of the sponsors of the DSC1 course run by Countryside Alliance Ireland and as a special offer to all those who successfully pass the course and obtain DSC1, Lavin Guns will offer with any deer calibre rifles purchased from them a free day’s stalking and the participant may keep the carcass.

Blakiston Houston Estates for use of their facilities and their commitment to responsible country sports activities.

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