How to become a hunter

How to become a hunter

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Application for participation in an internship

The easiest way to start an internship is to contact a local hunting club—or, even better, a representative of club management—and submit an application for participation in an internship.

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Internship

The easiest way to start an internship is to contact a local hunting club—or, even better, a representative of club management—and submit an application for participation in an internship. If, for some reason, you are unable to contact the hunting club, you should visit the Regional Management Board of the PHA corresponding to your place of permanent residence (list of regional assemblies), and express the wish to take part in the internship programme and become a member of the Association. In such a case, the Regional Management Board is obliged to indicate a hunting club or an Animal Breeding Centre suitable for internship.

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Training for Candidates for PHA Members

Within the time limit set by the Regional Management Board, a candidate undergoes training, during which he/she gains practical and theoretical knowledge in the field of hunting. There is the possibility of participating in the course during the internship; however, one can only take the exam following the completion of the internship.

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Exams for Candidates for PHA Members

The conditions for conducting an examination are regulated by the ORDINANCE of the MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT of 28 December 2009 on hunting authorisations (to be downloaded).

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Complementary Training and Exam for Foreigners

EU citizens who hold hunting rights in their country of origin and wish to start hunting in Poland must take a complementary exam in Polish before a commission, covering the regulations binding in the Republic of Poland and dealing with the rules and conditions of hunting—as well as a list of wild game and hunting periods for these animals, and, in the case of selector authorisation, rules of population and individual selection of hoofed animals. These authorisations expire after 5 years. After this period, the interested party can retake a complementary exam and thus extend his/her authorisation by another 5 years. Another way to obtain authorisation is completion of a full training course and the passing of a full exam, which gives the candidate a chance to obtain hunting authorisation for an indefinite time.

EU citizens who hold hunting rights in their country of origin and wish to start hunting in Poland must take a complementary exam in Polish before a commission, covering the regulations binding in the Republic of Poland and dealing with the rules and conditions of hunting—as well as a list of wild game and hunting periods for these animals, and, in the case of selector authorisation, rules of population and individual selection of hoofed animals. These authorisations expire after 5 years. After this period, the interested party can retake a complementary exam and thus extend his/her authorisation by another 5 years. Another way to obtain authorisation is completion of a full training course and the passing of a full exam, which gives the candidate a chance to obtain hunting authorisation for an indefinite time.

Foreigners from outside the EU who hold hunting rights in their country of origin and wish to start hunting in Poland must undergo a full training course and pass a full exam.

With regard to foreigners who do not hold hunting rights in their country of origin, the same procedures apply as for citizens of the Republic of Poland (including the completion of an internship).

Addresses and phone numbers for the Regional Management Boards of the PHA can be found at www.pzlow.pl under the tab “Regional Management Boards of PHA.”

The complementary exam for EU citizens covers verification of familiarity with issues specified in Article 42a (1) of the Hunting Law of 13 October 1995. The complementary exam consists of two parts: a written exam (multiple-choice test) and an oral exam. The written exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, including 20 multiple-choice questions dealing with hunting security regulations. The exam is considered successfully passed if a candidate has provided 80% correct answers with regard to hunting safety and other regulations. During the oral exam, the examinee provides answers to a randomly selected set of 3 questions dealing with topics covered by exam requirements. The Examination Commission grants 1 to 5 points for a correct answer and zero points for an incorrect answer (or lack thereof). The exam is considered successfully passed if the candidate has scored at least 9 points total.

Selectors of Male Hoofed Animals

A hunter has the opportunity to extend his/her hunting authorisations for the right to hunt male hoofed animals. In order to do so, the candidate needs to pass an exam before a competent examination commission of the PHA, following the completion of a course for selectors. A person can become a selector after 3 years of membership in the Polish Hunting Association.

A hunter has the opportunity to extend his/her hunting authorisations for the right to hunt male hoofed animals. In order to do so, the candidate needs to pass an exam before a competent examination commission of the PHA, following the completion of a course for selectors.

A person can become a selector after 3 years of membership in the Polish Hunting Association.