Saturday, 20 November 2010

Moose Hunt 2010

On the 5th Ocober was the start of the season for moose hunting in my terrain here in Norway, our terrain had a quota of 13 animals and after a good start then a very slow two weeks we were lucky enough to fill our quota before the end of the season.

I did not take any animals, but there's always next year!

Below are a few pics:








Counting down the days to next year =)

Monday, 27 September 2010

Counting down to the moose hunt!!!

I've spent the majority of weekends the past few months getting the moose dogs ready for the start of the upcoming season on the 5th October. We have had some very close encounters, literally seconds behind the animal(s), but we have not yet managed to get one up close. One of the dogs had a moose at "stand" last weekend =) unfortunately we didn't get to it in time and the wind was working against us.

In one particular area we came across several wallows within a matter of meters of each other, I have attached a couple of pictures below, the quality isn't great as it was with my iPhone.




I'm now counting down the days to the start of the season, I will be hunting both from a post, (sitting and waiting) and with the dog, (walking through the forest following the bark of the dog to try and sneak up on the animals).

In our hunting terrain we have a quota for 13 animals, hopefully one will walk my way =)

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Roe Buck Trophy

Having shot my first roe buck with horns I decided I would like to have a European Skull mount made so I could display it on the wall of my house. I have never done this before but had a friend watching over me to make sure I didn't mess up.

We skinned out the head a few days ago and then sat it in a bucket of water for a couple of days to draw out all the blood. The next step was to boil the head for a couple of hours to loosen up all the flesh so it was easy to scrape clean. After scraping it clean which took about 30 mins it was time to cover the skull in paper towels and soak with peroxide to bleach the skull a nice white colour. After 48 hours of bleaching the skull was ready, I haven't cut the skull at this stage but I will have this done in the future so it will mount nicely on a wooden shield.

Below is a pic of both my first roe deer and my latest addition.

Latest addition 2010 =)

First ever roe deer, a small buck calf

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Adder

I have seen several adders recently whilst scouting my terrain prior to the roe buck hunt, but every time I tried to take a photo they would slither away. Well today we found this little guy and he was happy to sit there and pose whilst I took his photo. He was out sunning himself after all of the wet weather we've recently had and was about 60 cm long with beautiful markings.

Click on the photo for a close up view

Friday, 13 August 2010

Moose and calf

Decided I would try my luck for another roe buck on Thursday evening due to a break in the recent bad weather we've being having. Whilst sitting at my post I had a visit from a female moose with her calf, it was great to see and as it was approximately 50 meters away I managed to get some pretty good footage from my video camera.



Didn't see any roe buck, but this certainly made up for it.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

1st Day of Norwegian Roe Buck Season

After counting down the months, weeks, days and hours, today (10th August) was finally the first day of the Norwegian Roe Buck season. I have spent the last few weekends thoroughly scouting the terrain for tracks and signs and all the hard work has paid off.

I arrived at my post at 3.00am in pitch darkness, it's strange how different the place looks at night with only a small head torch! I had to use my new GPS to navigate to an area which I had previously marked as a good post to sit and wait. The light slowly started to rise at 4:00am and by 4:30 it was good enough to shoot, if the opportunity had presented itself. After sitting for several hours without any signs of activity, I decided to have a try with the buttolo, I started a small sequence of peeps at 6:30am, at 6:45am a small buck appeared about 50 meters way in the thick cover of the forest. I had my crosshairs on him several times but he was obstructed by cover and did not present a clear shot. After watching him slowly work towards me for 10 minutes he finally entered a small clearing and presented a shot at about 15 meters away. I took the shot, he did and little jump and then ran off into the thick cover, I waited for 5 mins and then went to look in the area where he entered into the thick cover, no signs, no blood - oh dear! I went back to the area where I had shot him and after a few minutes of looking I found a blood trail, I spent the next 15 minutes on all fours following the trail into the cover and found him about 20-25 meters away from where I shot him.

Not a medal head by a long stretch, but he's going to be great eating.



Not a bad start to the season =)

Saturday, 17 July 2010

A trip to the range

Took a trip to the range with a friend today to try out some new loads and check out the velocities in my rifle (6.5x55) and combi (7x57R / 12). I wasn't to be dissapointed, I think I have now found my perfect hunting load for roe deer, moose and everything in between.

The pic is of a 5 shot group, just ignore the flyer ;-)

Caliber 6.5x55
Lapua Mega 155 grain.
Distance 100 meters.
Centre to centre 5.5mm

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Scouting my new terrain

Took a short trip out to my new hunting terrain with a friend on the weekend to look for signs of rutting roe buck and try out the new GPS mentioned in my previous post. We didn't find any signs of scraping or marking so it appears it's still a little early, however we did see tracks from both roe deer and moose, good to know they're in the area! We identified several good areas for the start of the buck hunting season and I plotted these in my GPS for future reference and locating.

We also visited some areas where there is known to be beaver activity and we weren't dissapointed, lots of fresh signs and tracks. I've never hunted beaver before so I'm looking forward to the possibilities when the season starts.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

My new toy! Garmin Astro 220 - GPS Dog Tracking Unit

I have been longing after a new GPS system for some time and have spent many hours scouring the internet researching into all the gizmos and bells and whistles the different models come with, well to cut a long story short today I took delivery of a Garmin Astro 220. This GPS system not only does the normal GPS stuff, it also enables you to real-time track any hunting dogs in your team which are wearing the special GPS collars. This will be a great adition to the upcoming hunting season allowing me to track the dogs on both the moose hunt and roe deer hunts.

Below is a pic of the GPS unit and I will make some future posts with the saved routes from the dogs.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Wild Boar Hunting in Sweden

Myself and a couple of Norwegian friends recently made the 6.5 hour drive to Kisa, Sweden from Oslo, Norway to participate in some wild boar hunting. We had been studying the weather carefully and it was clear the area was having a bit of a cold spell with temperatures dropping to -15 at night, in true hunting spirit we weren't going to let this put us off!

Car packed we left Oslo at approx 9.00am and after a couple of stops for the necessities (cheap acohol and tobacco for the smokers) we arrived in Kisa at around 4.00pm.  Bags unpacked and accomodation sorted, we met with the manager of the hunting area to go visit our posts for the next two nights.

Due to three feet of snow in the area, hunting from a post was the only viable option and at this time of the year only yearling pigs (the perfect eating size) can be taken.

This was our post for the two nights:

It was actually a lot better than I was expecting and the fact that it was enclosed with a roof was a real bonus.  The chair was surprisingly comfortable and the small window reduced obvious movement and noise which could spook the boar.

The view from Post 1
The view from Post 2

After 4 hours of waiting in temperatures around -10, at 8pm and in near darkness, three young boar finally showed up at my post. I watched them for 5 minutes until one finally moved away from the others and stood broadside. I positioned the crosshairs tight behind the front legs and took the shot, "bang" all three boar scattered, I reloaded and looked up to see if I could see anything, but due the darkness I couldn't see a thing, so out with the binoculars to scan the area. After a couple of minutes of scanning I saw a black lump partially hidden behind a tree trunk about 6-7 meters from the position of the shot, there was my first boar dead on the ground. The manager of the ground advised us to leave any shot animals on the ground as there is a strong chance they could return, he wasn't wrong! After another two hours of waiting two boar appeared at my post and after sniffing the dead boar went about feeding as usual. Same procedure as last time, I waited for one to move away and stand broadside, "bang" another shot in exactly the same position as earlier and this time I watched the boar run off to the right and amazingly drop down dead right beside the pig that was already lying there.

2 boar shot on the first night at approximately 8pm and 10pm
I shot both boar in the area marked with the red circle, they both ran about 7 meters and lay dead in the area of the green circle.
The smaller female boar weighed in a 32kg
The slightly larger male boar weighed in at 40kg
And finally a very happy but cold Jonathan

Caliber was 6.5x55 with "home rolled" Lapua Mega 155grn.

We're now planning a trip during the summer time, when the weather is a little more favourable and the days longer  =)