Unusual Moose Hunt In Sweden


Published: June - 2002

If you're looking for something different, here's a hunt you might want to try - moose in Sweden. What's unusual about this hunt? Well, just about everything, from the species itself and the way its antlers look, to how the hunt is conducted. Moose hunting in Sweden is typically done with a special breed of dog, called jamtland hounds. Hunters are posted along travel routes used by the game while the guide takes a hound in search of moose. Once they find a moose, the dog antagonizes the animal, either herding it or making it chase him, basically leading it right to the hunter. Sometimes the two animals will square off, requiring the hunter to stalk in close enough to get a shot while the dog keeps the moose's attention focused in the other direction. It can all get very exciting, very quickly.

There are, of course, many outfitters in Sweden offering these hunts, but the only one we know who is catering to international clients is Jens Johansson of Sweden's Great Outdoors. A native Swede, Johansson lives part of the year in the United States and returns to Sweden each fall to run hunting and fishing trips. Through friends and family connections, he has leased the hunting rights on two tracts of privately owned wilderness areas. Together, the two properties cover about 11,000 acres. Both have produced medal-class bulls in the past. In fact, the No. 1 Swedish moose was taken about 10 miles from one of these properties.

Both tracts are in central Sweden, each about 50 miles (in opposite directions) from the city of Ostersund. The property south of Ostersund is heavily forested with thick pine trees. Except for a few vacation homes, the area is unpop-ulated and has no paved roads. The northern property is closer to the tree line, where visibility is better, but the terrain is hilly and rough. Johansson uses ATV's and snowmobiles to access the hunting areas and get hunters around, but he says he can make the hunt as tough or as easy as a client desires.........(continued)

 
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