Welcome to the home of DMQ and DSC on the continent
My name is Adrian van Well. Together with BASC I organise DMQ assessments in The Netherlands, an ideal solution for hunters from continental Europe wishing to acquire their deer stalking qualifications without needing to travel to the UK.
Below are four good reasons to register for a Deer Management Qualification assessment:
Many continental deerstalkers hunt roe and red deer in their home country. Most of the time they hunt from a high seat and sometimes on a driven hunt. But being able to successfully approach deer, select the right animal and cull it correctly and safely from a shooting stick, is for many hunters a new and challenging experience. This art of stalking is both active and exciting. By using all the elements like wind, terrain and the knowledge gained during the Deer Stalking Certificate study, this culling of deer will surely become an unforgettable experience. This DMQ1 assessment (theory, shooting and safety) is the first step to the total assessment and is organised by Adrian van Well. The course is given under responsibility of the British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC). After studying for the Deer management Qualification 1 , you can enrol in the DMQ2 assessment (learning by doing), requiring you to select, approach, shoot and grallach the deer yourself.
Knowledge of all six deer species:
Almost every continental big game hunter is familiar with roe, red and sometimes fallow deer. But in the UK there are a big number of Sika deer and muntjacs. These species of deer are little known by continental hunters, especially the Chinese water deer. When you participate in the DMQ1 course, you expand your hunting knowledge e.g. learning to visualise the six species of deer, their daily behaviour, exterior physiology and all relevant legal issues pertaining to hunting them.
Hunting in the UK:
In the UK you find an extremely good, sustainable population of deer. Almost all landowners, both private and government, demand that all hunters who cull deer on their properties are trained hunters. Therefore possession of both DMQ1 and 2 ensures that deer are managed to a high welfare standard.. This gives the owner a guarantee of optimal safety, a high standard of handling, hygiene and presentation of all carcases from shooting to collection. When you are, as a continental European hunter, in possession of the DMQ1 and DMQ2 there are many hunting opportunities available for you - especially through BASC and The Forestry Commission.
Deer management Qualification 2; the real test
The DMQ2 is both exciting and a learning assesment. Under supervision of an accredited witness each candidate must show three times, that they are in possession of the necessary knowledge and qualifications to visualise the deer specie correctly, approach the animal in the right way, kill the animal both safely and humanely and finally, grallach and examine the animal for any abnormalities. Everything is trained to be sure that each animal is brought hygienically into the food chain.
This learning by doing assessment can be offered by Adrian van Well in a number of hunting locations.