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Hunting, particularly for moose, forest birds, and hares is quite popular in Norrland.

The gun laws in Sweden are quite strict compared to some other countries. Most private people do not own personal fire arms, but hunting guns, especially up in Norrland, are much more common. To hunt in Sweden you need to take a course and pass a test in order to get your hunting license. Hunters are allowed to own two rifles, which must be locked in a safe at all times when not in use (therefore, you must own a safe in order to own a gun).

Hunting in Sweden, September 2010.
Awaiting the prey.

Hunters must hunt either on their own land or with the land owner’s permission. How many moose you can hunt each season is based on the land you are hunting on. So for example, our family can only hunt and kill one full grown moose and as many calves as desired. This is set in order to preserve the moose population.

When hunting moose, Swedes usually have a hunting team consisting of as little as 3 to as many as 20 people. Some hunters do use dogs to track the moose and scare them out into the hunters shot range. When you do not have any dogs, hunting consists of getting up very early in the morning, sitting out in the cold, and waiting. It isn’t as fun as it sounds, but if you want moose meat for the rest of the year you better find a moose!

Some of you may ask, why hunt moose? They are such beautiful creatures! I will tell you why. Because moose meat is delicious! There are various ways to prepare moose meat, and all of them are mmm mmm good!

Check out Missfoster’s first moose hunting experience in 2010.

Hunting in Sweden.
Target practice.