The local game management association and the primary school of Ähtäri cooperate with SEDU Ähtäri Forestry Education unit.
On Thursday 1st of October 14 pupils, who had elected an 1 term free-choice course ”Nature and wilderness” visited in the school forest of SEDU Ähtäri. The pupils are 10 – 12 years of age.
Mrs. Anne Pahankala the coordinator of the game management association was introducing the pupils and their teacher the features of game management of Finland while they visited a crop field for wildlife feeding and a hunting tower. Mrs. Pahankala told that the pupils were very curious and enthused of the theme and they asked a lof of questions about nature, the animals and the management.The pupils learned to make a sausage stick and at the end of the visit they had an opportunity to barbecue sausages by a campfire.
During this ”Nature and Wilderness”–course the pupils learn to build bird-houses of their own, to identify the tracks and traces of animals as well to recognise sounds of wild animals. GPS-dog radars, hunting-dog tests, different hunting-dog races, principals of eco-shooting are topics to be introduced during this course. In Finland the moose hunting starts in October and continues until the end of December. After a successful moose hunting event of a local hunting team, the pupils will follow the meat cutting of a slaughtered animal in a hunting shed.
Acknowledgements: many thanks to EUROPEA-Finland and Pirkko (FI) 🙂
Photos: from Pirkko (FI)