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Safety course

9 June 2008 19:00

New visitors need a safety training before they can go into the field. This inbvolves lectures about bear behaviour, weapon safety and shooting practice. I join the course fro two Flemish botanists, so I can check my own skills. Wojtek is our teacher.
Unload the gun Only start shooting when the bear is within 25 meters and approaching. The first shots are off target
But perfect shots follow soon The course tries to create a confidence that you can handle the gun safe and effective. Everyone is able to hit the target after a bit of excercise. We talk a lot about awareness and making the right decision. It is important to minimize the risk that a polar bear has to be shot.

After all these years I am more afraid for the gun than for the risk of meeting a polar bear in the field.

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