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Just wanted to say that its a good thing for all of us to take a hunters safety class. I'm 47 & have hunted all my life & am very safety minded but we all can use a little kick in the pants once in a while. Years ago just for kicks I went a took a class when I wasn't doing anything else to see how indept they get. Since that time I've had 2 kids & my oldest Daughter has started hunting & its law here in WVa as it should be---to have a safety class for youngsters to buy their license. Just last nite I had her & myself again finish up a hunters safety class---she did very well. On the flip side of this----theres alot of us that enjoy hunting & shooting & its just common sense that we'd strive to be the model for others by example of being safe & responsible. Some of us want to go to other states to hunt & they usually require you to have a saftey class before you can even buy a permit or license. Just a reminder that its usually needed at one time or another &if you find the time its a good thing to do. Take a friend along or better yet --a newcommer or a young hunter. Take your Wife--let her get to know safety around guns if she isn't involved in firearms but yet you have them around the home. Safety is the No 1 priority each time we touch a gun period. Responsibilty & ethical hunting is the other sides of the triangle. Fun is what happens when we all enjoy a hunting or shooting excursion and incorporate the entire spectrum of safe--responsible--common sense ways of doing it. Take pride in doing it right & don't be afraid to teach someone else -- the right way-----the safe way-----JC
 

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Hi JC. At the moment there is some consternation over here in the UK over safety/hunting/shooting tests.
Whilst I agree in part with what you are saying, there is also the downside of this to watch out for.

“What down side” I hear you say. :?

Well for a start a number of our police forces are using the pretext of a shooting test, It’s called a DMQ (Deer Management Qualification), to prevent shooters from acquiring Deer calibre rifles.
Now there is nothing whatsoever in our law that states that a DMQ is necessary to hunt deer, but due to some of our organisations jumping onto a money-making bandwagon, in which they have “Recommended” that shooters do this course (at @ £250-£300 that's $450-$540), the licensing authorities (the police) have taken it into their heads that this means that one of these tests is mandatory.
There is also something in the air about mandatory shooting tests for all deer hunters/vermin shooters, which is being put forward as a safety measure, but is really another way to try and take peoples guns away from them.
(If they fail the test, why do they need to own a gun?). :(
The fact that we have a better safety record in the UK than all of our European neighbours, almost all of whom have shooting tests, doesn’t seem to register with our lords and masters.
One of the reasons given for these tests was that we need to be safe, and was actually put forward by some members of our own shooting organisations.
And of course it would cost a lot of money to administer.

And who would conduct these tests? Our own shooting organisations of course!!!!!!! :roll: :roll: :roll:
 

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The reason we have hunter safety classes in the USA is to promote hunting and safety, as well as ethics and conservation. It is not a shooting class or qualification. Its to see if you have enough common sence to keep from killing your hunting partner or your self.

It is basic, maybe too basic, really aimed at kids. but adults need it too. it came about in 68-69 when they figured out we had more single parent homes mainly with non-hunting women running the house. Not good when the kid grows up and wants to go hunting.

Now we have hunting and shooting mentor programs but they are few and far between, JAKES from NWTF, and TNUSA has and sponsors youth mentoring as well as 4H-national shooting sport foundation. None of witch are anti-gun in the least.
 
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You are right on the button in what you say in GB it is just another way for the shooting societys to make money, my son (who is a game keeper) applied for a FAC the police said we would like him to go on a DMQ, the conversation went like this
Taff- Why
PC - because the chief constable likes them
Taff - well he has learn,t more with me than any course that lasts a day,I think there a waste of time and a rip off
PC- you don,t want to say that to often you could be reported
Taff- so when was free speach banned in this country
PC- Oh I did,nt meen it like that
Taff- well he is not payin the £300 for nothing
PC- Ok if you agree to escort him until he has shot 6 deer he can have the licence.
Taff - that will be a good mornings work when the fallow come in season.
PC smiles licence is granted.
Eighteen months later son returns from Ireland, writes to police to get a new licence.
We never cancelled your old one is the reply, have you shot many deer or do you hold a DMQ, no replys my son, the last count I think I am upto 90+ , we wil forget the DMQ then shall we
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Tell you what Taff, I blame BASC for all this bull$hite. They are the ones who buggered it up @ 3-4 years ago, when they opened up a can of worms by trying to undermine the NGO over the “National Pigeon Day”. Since then the “General Licence” has come under close scrutiny by HMG, and it looks set to be altered in the near future.
Now they are the ones trying to make money out of these bloody DMQs, and who gets stuffed in the process………….us.
I took issue with Mike Everliegh (BASC rep’) over this, and his reply was
“Well we should put all this behind us now and look to the future”. :roll:
Prat ! if it’s left up to eejits like that there won’t be any future, not unless you are a frikkin’ millionaire.
 

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I did it for 12 years and took them out on the rach for live fire--they and their parents felt it was good for them and as they have grown still thank me---but you Limey's are in Deep Kimchi,they are coming down hard-dangerously hard on you all.
 
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