Just a tip about hunters....
I am posting this cautiously, but it is widely agreed that in my area of the world, there are way too many deer and they are harming the forests with overbrowsing. So this post is for those with property who are concerned.
I saw the thread about hunters and it is so sad how many people are willing to go into the woods with a gun without doing the research on the ecosystem, or even have any idea about the animal they are hunting!!
Anyway, someone posted that if they could give the hunters a test, then they would allow them to hunt, due to overbrowsing perhaps, and so here is my tip:
Rifle hunters (deer) are mostly clueless, they are the ones who almost shoot horses and such. There are some who are repectable, as the famous Duck hunters are, and who are educated about the natural world. But for the most part... no.
The Archery hunters (hunters that hunt deer with the bow and arrow) are generally very in tune with the animals they hunt, as you have to get VERY close to the animal.
They have to observe the area for months and years, and when the season come, they have to to sit - VERY quietly - in a tree for hours. And do that for many days, watching many a deer 'snort them out' and bound away. It can take a loooong time in the woods.
A person just does not do that if they don't have a real passion for the forests and for completely wild setting.
Maybe I just know very nice ones, but most archery hunters I know actually say a big reason they do it is for that time in the woods, they see all kinds of other animals, and I have heard them excitedly report about seeing different birds, and especially a bobcat or something unusual.
In my experience, riflemen just jump out of thier trucks, clop loudly through the woods, and bow away a deer that is a quarter to 1/2 mile away!
Sadly, with no native preditors left for the deer, I have to even be happy for the rifleman, without them, the other animals would be in big trouble.
So if you want an experienced hunter in your woods, look for an archery hunter. No real need for a test!
Although, if the crossbow becomes legal for everyone, things could change - those things are like rifles - and that is another story!!