Proficient Deer Stalker Level 2 Course (PDS2)
Excellence in Deer Stalker training and Wildlife Management
Proficient Deer Stalker Level 2 (PDS2)
The PDS2 is a Deer Stalking Qualification that is designed to follow on from the foundation skills achieved during the PDS1 or DSC1.
The level 2 course consists of two elements, a taught element delivered via the ‘UK Shooting & Hunting Academy’ through a series of modules and classes, and a practical demonstration of skill by the candidate, that is observed by an Approved Verifier in the field.
The initial taught element elevates the candidate’s knowledge in key areas, which include subjects such as an advanced understanding of firearms and optics, ageing and assessing the condition of deer, how to assess the suitability of land for stalking, how to carry out risk assessments, record keeping and deer management plans. The take-up of this element is assessed through multiple choice examinations.
Upon completion of the taught element, candidates may download their practical assessment Logbook, which covers a further four key areas that include, the preparation and safe handling of equipment, competence at stalking and dispatching deer humanely and safely, the ability to be able to inspect and gralloch deer, and hygienically handle deer in line with food standards agency guidelines.
Through both taught modules and classes and through a practical demonstration of skill that must be demonstrated on at least two occasions, the PDS2 sets the gold standard in UK deer stalking and is ideal for those who may wish to take on a deer stalking lease, apply for an ‘open style’ firearms certificate, or simply for those that wish to advance their knowledge to new heights.
The PDS2 is available to all PDS1 & DSC1 candidates by simply enrolling via the UK Shooting & Hunting Academy. PDS2 training is available to candidates throughout the year. via the ‘UK Shooting & Hunting Academy’.
Once you have completed the ‘taught element of the course and have obtained your PDS2 Logbook you will be looking to complete this as soon as possible.
2024 Course Dates Available
You must have completed your PDS1 Assessment before you can get your PDS2 Logbook
Eligibility for the course
Anyone can take this course