I know this is a gun forum but I must post my complaint somewhere to make myself feel better. Last fall (2002) I decided I wanted to hunt, so I read up on what I would need to do to get a hunting licence and a firearms licence. The first hunter safety course (a requirement for a hunting licence) that I could be booked into was in Febuary so I booked it and it cost me 3 days and $160 (I got 100% on both tests). Than I needed to take a firearms safety course and pass two tests(both %100) which cost me $125 and two days. I than applied in july (my 18th b-day) for my PAL (position and aquisition licence) which cost $65. You need a PAL to buy ammo and guns. I have still not received my PAL (they said will be here by this friday). After that I have to pay$25 to transfer ownership after buying a gun and $25 to register it. So for a 18 year old to buy his first shotgun in Canada it costs:$400 plus the cost of the damn gun. What kind of free country do I live in?