Or if you haven't, would you want to? What do you think about hunting?
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No, I haven't. In my country you can't just go hunting like that. In order to even get a permission to own a gun, you need to be able to prove to the government that you need it for a specific purpose and you need to do mandatory training (contrary to what many Americans believe, gun restrictions in Switzerland are actually very tight). Furthermore, you need another permission to go hunting. Because we're a small country, our forests are protected by professional gamekeepers. They're employed to look after the forests. Hunting is one part of their job but there are many different things as well, such as making sure that the diversity of trees remains large enough, cleaning the forests from trash, cleaning up tree or branches of trees after big storms etc.. Because our forests are small, the number of animals that can be hunted per autumn (hunting is only allowed in autumn) is restricted. If anyone hunts more than this official number, you get a pretty severe fine. So the whole thing is rather complicated. Unless you plan to become a professional forest keeper, it's very hard to go hunting as a regular person. Switzerland loves rules and regulations.
If I could go hunting (maybe in a different country such as Canada or somewhere in Scandinavia) I think I would like to try it once. Not so much because of the shooting though. I'm not a big fan of guns. I just would like to experience the whole process of getting up very early on an November morning when the fog still lies heavily on the forest, go up into once of those tree stands, wait for a deer, shoot it, go down and sit next to deer in the grass for a few minutes, thanking it for its sacrifice, cutting it open and gutting it, taking of the skin, cut out the neat parts of the meat, take them home and cook a great dinner in the evening.2