While I understand your point, I need to point out that blanket freedoms nearly decimated our "public" natural resources prior to the 20th century. As Tom brilliantly stated, 'There has to be a balance', and hunters are not the only folks giving input. Equal opportunity
While I admire the in depth instruction of hunting in other countries by professionals, including wildlife biologists, to require such instruction and competence prior to issuance of a hunting license goes against the blanket freedoms that have been traditional in the U.S. for hundreds of years.
Another good point. I agree...It can't hurt!
I think it would be a tremendous boon to hunting here if some of the hunting celebrities on the TV and DVD's would start endorsing specific sources of information on wildlife, ecology, marksmanship. I would also like to see these same stars model this by presenting segments of biology of their quarry in every show as well as techniques they use to improve their marksmanship. (We in the U.S. love to find heros in our entertainers be it sports or movies. A friend said we worship our "jesters" well).