A Hunter Review on Roe Deer and Wild Boar Hunting in Sweden


Published: August - 2012

Subscriber Peter Feuerle hunted roe deer and wild boar in Sweden for five days this past June with guide/outfitter Stefan Bengtsson of Scandinavian Prohunters (phone from the US 011-46-470-33-445), a new name for us. He reports seeing plenty of game, and taking a "very good, possibly bronze" roe deer and two very good wild boar. Guiding, lodging, food and trophy care were all excellent, he reports. He flew with his gun on United from Newark to Stockholm without incident, his outfitter having pre-arranged the necessary Swedish gun permit. Here's how Feuerle described the experience in his report and in a follow-up phone call:

"I've hunted 15 US states, four provinces in Canada, 12 times in Africa, plus Scotland and Turkey. In Sweden, I discovered a new hunting destination with great potential where English is widely understood. My outfitter, Stefan Bengtsson, is an accredited wildlife manager (which, in Sweden, requires extensive schooling and a lengthy apprenticeship). His work gives him access to numerous hunting areas throughout the country, and he is able to tailor a hunt to the client's trophy requirements, physical fitness and expectations, in addition to the game availability. He exhibits at the SCI convention, where I purchased this hunt at auction.

"First of all, as a hunting destination, Sweden is little known to American hunters. It has, however, a rich local hunting culture and an abundance of game, including moose (called elk here), red deer, fallow deer, roe deer, mouflon, boar, reindeer, capercaillie and some lesser species. Wolves cannot be hunted at present, but this may soon change, as their population is rapidly increasing. Terrain ranges from typical Central European habitat in the south to northern pine forests and arctic tundra.

"Hunting areas range from managed estates to near-wilderness areas, and accommodations from manor houses converted to luxury boutique hotels to spike camps. In the far north, hunters are guided by the indigenous Lapplanders, more properly called Sami people.

"For most species, open-season ranges from September to January; roe deer (my principal objective for this hunt) is........(continued)

 
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