Feels awesome to finally get started on my way to the exam in licence to hunt. Ever since I completed wildlife biology at Umeå University, where I met a lot of active hunters (and also visited Jägerförbundet), I decided to get the license myself.
The most important advice I got from them was to take the long way.. not the super expensive 3-days speed version license. And due to my respect for animals, nature and weapon I totally agree on that – and will enjoy an in-depth learning progress and, hopefully, do my exam during spring 2018. I’m in no hurry.
However, I am not sure I will ever have a heart to “shoot Bambi” – but I grew up with people around me doing grouse hunting, so it feels most naturally for me to aim for that. Here are some (in my opinion) advantages with a hunters licence:
- If I need to I am able to take home clean meat for dinner. I do not eat much meat, but when I do I prefer meat from animals that have spent a good life in nature (like moose and deer) rather than a bred animal with a life in total captivity and stress/fear from the slaughterhouse
- I can visit Svalbard again and be more independent whenever I want to go outside the city limits (without having to pay for an expensive guide) and instead hire a proper gun to protect myself just in case (you know.. polar bears).
- Another great reason to spend time with my dog outdoors in the mountains!
- And of course learn a lot more about the management of wild animals, nature resources and humans, a comprehensive subject of increasing importance these days if you ask for my opinion.
- …did I forget anything? please add!…
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