BASC has launched a new qualification designed to give new entrants a route into game shooting.

The Game Shooter Certificate  1 is modelled on the deerstalking certificate and is designed for people coming into game shooting from the outside.

Former British Army trainer Nick Lane, who is now BASC’s senior training development officer, described the idea behind the course: “It is intended for the new sportsman or woman who would like to get into the sport but doesn’t have someone to mentor them in the traditional way, or for the recent entrant who is looking to improve their skills and knowledge.”

The course covers safety, firearms law and shotgun shooting, before the day, on the day, end of the day, etiquette, cartridges, taking the shot, gundogs, quarry and the law. It is assessed with a 50-question multiple choice test and a practical shooting exam.


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