In hunting circles both in Poland and abroad, the so-called foreign exchange hunt, practiced mainly in the Eastern Bloc countries, arouses controversy.
The concept of foreign exchange hunting
A foreign exchange hunt is a hunt organized in order for the state to acquire the missing foreign currencies on the market. Historically, the forerunner of foreign exchange hunting in Poland was Józef Mikołaj Potocki. After World War II, hunting contacts between countries outside the Iron Curtain and the West stopped, and the change took place after 1956.
Nowadays, foreign exchange hunting is more and more often chosen form of hunting by foreigners. It consists in shooting, e.g. on the territory of Poland, by visiting hunters from abroad. Everything takes place within the framework defined by Polish hunting law. The hunters share their experiences, hunting habits and techniques.
Positive sides of foreign exchange hunting
The supporters of foreign exchange hunting indicate that it allows hunters from different parts of the world to share their beautiful passion, which is hunting. Hunting becomes a source of unforgettable experiences in fishing grounds, forests and many other additional attractions. Deer, roe deer, fallow deer, mouflons and small game are hunted individually or in groups.
Hunting for foreign currencies is a source of income for hunting clubs and allows for other hunting purposes. They benefit from the experience of colleagues from abroad, mainly from the west. They make new friends by sharing their values, achievements and skills. They learn from each other and Polish hunters become guides for their colleagues coming here.