No one hunts with an automatic weapon - I have no idea where you got this idea from. In fact, I don't think you even know what an automatic weapon really is.
Did I say that people hunt with automatic weapons? You said that hunters got screwed in the process of tightening up on the control of firearms. However, in reality, the weapons that have been banned are automatic rifles and handguns, which are of no use to hunters. Thus, how have the hunters been "royally screwed"?
Anyways, one should not have to go through this hand-holding process where, maybe, if they are lucky enough, they can get a permit.
Yes one should. As I mentioned above, there is no fundamental right to own a firearm (note that we're not talking about America, for once).
In all seriousness, Id be very interested to have you apply for a permit and report back on if you get one or not. I think you are more than 'suitable' to own one, let's see what your government thinks of you. I have my doubts you'd be given on in reality.
Of course I wouldn't. I have never hunted in my life, never fired a weapon, and live in the inner city. Why would anyone give me a licence?