Guidelines for shooting trials to test the efficency of rifle ammunition
Successful hunting depend on a variety of different factors like the hunters ability to read the situation, his or her understanding of the animal behavior, and of course the hunters shooting skills. It also requires knowledge of which weapons to use and how to use them. The world of ammunition is a jungle of different brands, types and shapes, and picking the best suited according to the hunting object is essential for the hunt to be efficient.
It is important to study and find out how different bullets react when hitting different targets and to determine the best ammunition to use for all hunts. This has been thoroughly discussed in several workshops arranged by the Committee on Hunting Methods in NAMMCO (1999; 2001; 2004; 2006). And a set of guidelines on how to perform controlled and standardised trials to study the efficiency of different types of ammunition and rifles regularly used in marine mammals hunting has been developed.
In 2004 shooting trials for ammunition used for small whales were set up and conducted by Justines Olsen (Faroe Islands), Egil Ole Øen (Norway) and Glenn Williams (Nunavut, Canada). Hans Mølgaard (Greenland) was present at parts of the trials and Bergur Hanusson (Faeroe Islands) assisted as photographer. The shooting trials were performed on heads of dead pilot whale outside Tórshavn, Faroe Islands, September 10-13, 2004.
The guidelines have also been adapted to trials on seals and used to conduct shooting trials on dead seals in Vaasa, Finland in August 2007.