Hunters training and education
I have been involved recently in some heated exchanges with some american fellow hunters, mainly focusing on the perception of hunting, hunters behaviors and probably ethics.
I would be interested in knowing what my colleagues think of hunters' education and training. A bit of background.
I come from Switzerland, good hunting but particular. To get your hunting license, each hunter has to undergo courses (20 x 4 hours), covering everything from ecology, biology of game, ethics ammunition, dogs' breed etc... combined with 10 full days accompanying a qualified hunter, 2 days with a game warden, 3 days with a forest warden, 5 days of game counting, 10 days of forest/rivers cleaning etc...
The whole thing takes two years, with a theoretical exam at the end, as well as a practical exam and a shooting exam. Roughly 1/2 of the candidates get their hunting license. Then you can hunt wherever you want (no private hunting).
Then every five years, we have a shooting exam and if you do not hunt for ten consecutive years, then you lose your hunting rights.
This has significantly increased the hunters' qualifications and has reduced the pressure from anti-hunting organizations (which tried to abolish hunting many times here)
Compare to some countries, where you basically walk in a shopping center to buy your license and tags, quite a difference.
What is your take on it? Are we over-doing it here? Are they under-doing it there?