Sunday, 23 December 2012

Fox down!

I met with a few friends on Saturday to participate in some roe deer hunting with a dog and to enjoy the last chance to hunt roe deer together before the end of the season. It was a cold overcast day with temperatures about -8 Celsius and sporadic snow fall, we met up at 8.30am and after a coffee and a little briefing we made our way over to the designated posts. My post was overlooking what used to be a small ski slope about 150 meters long, so I positioned myself about 50 meters down giving an opportunity to shoot both up and down at comfortable ranges.

Having sat at my post for 30 minutes the cold was slowly starting to settle in and my attention was slowly starting to drift when all of a sudden a red fox appeared about 50-60 meters down the slope from me, the fox was jumping up in the air and breaking through the icy snow with it's paws to try and catch rodents. I waited for the fox to move out in the open and then when in a good position I carefully raised my 7x57R kombi and placed the cross-hairs on the shoulder of the fox, I made a squeak noise to get the fox's attention and then when it stood still to investigate the sound I released the shot. The fox dropped instantly to the shot and didn't even twitch, I radioed in to the team I had shot a fox then after five minutes went to collect it. A beautiful red fox in winter coat.

The rest of the hunt turned out to be fruitless, there were no signs of fresh roe deer tracks so we decided to finish up early and have a little camp fire to mark the end of a successful year hunting with friends.

Here are a few pics of the fox.



 

I'm hoping to do more fox hunting with my friend Jon Anders over the winter months so hopefully we'll be able to get some video footage, stay tuned! =)

Friday, 21 December 2012

Estonian Forest Webcam Pics

Below are a few pictures taken over the last few days from the Estonian Forest Webcam, you can access this at any time by clicking on the link in the Webcam section on the right hand side of the page, or to make it easy for you, you can just click here.

Enjoy! =)




 

 Thanks for reading, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Roe deer in the garden

Just a few photo's of the recent visitors in my garden, I noticed they had been feeding under the bird feeder when I saw their tracks in the snow, so I decided to set up my game camera to get some good pics. In total there were four roe deer, a doe and three kids which all looked like doe kids. I'll try and get photo's of them throughout the winter months and will update my blog as and when they appear.










Monday, 3 December 2012

First Contour ROAM camera action!

I decided to brave the -10 temperature on Saturday and headed out with a couple of friends to hunt roe deer with a dog and try out my new Contour ROAM action camera. In Norway we use small dogs with short legs so as not to stress the animals as they can't run very fast and simply bumble along a few hundred meters behind them barking. We started the hunt in one area but after a short search in the area the dog moved off into a completely different part of our terrain, so we gathered up our gear and re-located.

As I crept into my new post I could hear the dog barking just a couple of hundred meters away so I was extra quiet approaching the post so as not to scare any animals in the area. As soon as my head cleared the rise I saw a roe deer standing under the electric cables silhouetted nicely against the snow, on with my Contour ROAM camera and up with the scope, I couldn't make out if it was a kid or a doe, so I crept in closer to be sure as we have an agreement not to shoot the does. At about 75 meters I could see that this was a button buck, so I got my combination rifle/shotgun ready and put the cross hairs tight behind the front legs and took the shot. The 7x57R rifle rang out and I heard the pop as the bullet hit home, the roe deer shuddered to the shot, turned and walked away, I was confident that this was a good shot, so I gave it five minutes before making my way over. When I arrived at the shot site, I could see a good amount of blood on the snow and was happy that the shot was good, I then turned to my right and there I found the roe deer just 3-4 meters from where it was shot lying by a small pine tree. I gralloched the kid and upon inspection could see that the bullet had gone straight through the heart.

The buck kid had been separated from the doe and was looking back over its shoulder towards the barking dog which was chasing after the doe, if you listen carefully in the video you can hear the dog in the background.

Emil, a wire-haired dachshund at the kill

My Sabatti Forest 7x57R / 12-76 with camera attached


And now the moment you have been waiting for, the action caught on film, on my new Contour ROAM action camera.

It's still early days with the Contour ROAM but I have to say, so far I'm really impressed!

For this hunt I used my Sabatti combination rifle/ shotgun in 7x57R/ 12 guage and home reloaded 140 grain Sierra ProHunter with a velocity of 790m/s.

A perfect finish to a perfect morning with friends.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Contour ROAM Action Camera

As Christmas is fast approaching I felt it was time to treat myself and as I've been getting more used to the filming side of things whilst hunting, I decided I wanted to go for an 1080P HD, (High Definition) action camera which I could attach to my rifle/shotgun or on my person to bring another dimension to my hunting videos.

I did quite a lot of extensive research on the Internet and visiting shops to get a feel for the different products and in the end decided to go for the Contour ROAM action camera, which although the entry level camera from Contour, covers all of my needs.

The main factors for my choice were:
1) Full HD 1080p recording
2) waterproof to one meter without the need for an external housing
3) small, not bulky and lightweight
4) easy to mount on my rifle/shotgun
5) rotatable lens enabling the camera to be mounted in different position whilst recording upright
6) very easy to operate even with gloves on, you just push the slide forward to record

Here are some pics of the camera





Here are all the specifications for the more technically aware, there's very little of it I understand to be honest! =)

Specifications:
Product Type Camcorder - 1080p
Camcorder Sensor Resolution 5.0 Mpix
Widescreen Video Capture Yes
Camcorder Media Type Flash card
Optical Sensor Type CMOS
Digital Video Format H.264, MOV
Image Recording Format JPEG
Exposure & White Balance
Exposure Modes Automatic
White Balance Automatic
Lens System
Type Wide-angle lens
Max View Angle 170 degree(s)
Lens Construction 6 elements
Additional Features
Additional Features Audio recording, interval shooting mode, rotating lens block (270°)
Connections
Connector Type 1 x USB
Memory Card Slot microSD card
Miscellaneous
Included Accessories USB cable, camera mounting kit
Body Material Aluminium
Protection Waterproof, shockproof
Underwater Depth Up to 1m
Battery
Details 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )
Memory / Storage
Memory Card Slot microSD card
Supported Memory Cards microSD Card, microSDHC Card
Image Storage JPEG 2592 x 1944
Video Capture H.264 - 1920 x 1080 - 30 fps H.264 - 1280 x 960 - 30 fps H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps
Dimensions & Weight
Width 3.4 cm
Depth 10 cm
Height 5.5 cm
Weight 145 g

I purchased the flexible strap mount to enable me to attach the camera to my rifle/ shotgun, this is a great piece of kit and being rubber it grips nicely without marking anything. The area where the camera connects to the strap rotates and locks when in the desired position giving even more flexibility to camera angles/ positions.


The Contour ROAM is very competitively priced, I purchased mine on the Internet in Norway and paid only 845 kr
(approx. £93 - $150 - €115)

The flexible strap cost 299 kr
(approx. £33 - $53 - €40)

On top of this you will need a Micro SDHC card class 4, 6 or 10.
I purchased a Sandisk MicroSDHC Mobile Ultra 32GB Class 10 for 299 kr
(approx. £33 - $53 - €40)

Here are a couple of pics of the camera mounted on my Sauer S202 Classic XT in 30-06.



After playing around with different position to mount the camera and after checking the footage on my laptop, I decided to go for the camera on top of the scope as this gave the best sight picture. As the camera is directly above it has a great overview of everything in front of the rifle, I also think it's cool to see the barrel at the bottom of the picture as it gives a real 'hunter's eye view!'. Another advantage of having it directly above the scope is that it does not effect the balance of the rifle.

A huge advantage and something I didn't even think about till I got the camera mounted on the rifle is that the Contour ROAM has a laser built in which you can use to help adjust the angle of the lens to ensure it is level. This is not a standard 'spot' laser, it projects out a horizontal line which is absolutely perfect for lining up with the cross hairs on your scope to maintain a level picture.

I look forward to updating my blog with the first action video, so stay tuned!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Moose Hunt, Norway 2012

Here are some pictures from our moose hunt 2012 in October, we had a quota of 13 animals and we managed to take 12 so it was a very good year.

I was supposed to be going with the dog this year but a couple of days into the hunt, the dog I hunt with fell ill so we had to retire her from the hunt for this year, still it was an exciting hunt and I had animals infront of me on several occasions but they were always thick in the trees and I was unable to pull the trigger for risk of injuring the animal.
A nice 6 pointer bull on the first day of the hunt

Per Terje with his 6 Point bull
This was the largest animail taken, a 9 point bull moose
Torbjørn with the 9 point he took
  


Typical moose extraction using the "Elgtrak" a motorized half-track

A bull moose srape and wallow
My 4 year old son is no stranger to hunting in Norway


Sunday, 11 November 2012

A brace of woodcock

Took the opportunity of a break in the recent bad weather to go out with my friend Jon Anders in his terrain to do some shooting over his bird dog. To cut a long story short after approx. 8 km's of hiking and a couple of missed opportunities we were on our way back to the car and with only a couple of hundred meters to go Hedda, my friends English Setter suddenly went on point. We both crept in shotguns at the ready and just as I entered into a small clearing my friend instructed the dog to push forward and she flushed out a woodcock, my first shot missed but I made true with my second and we had a nice woodcock in the bag!


Heading back to the car again both of us now very pleased with ourselves, it was like deja vu, Hedda suddenly went on point again and this time my friend Jon Anders was able to get a shot off and we had another woodcock in the bag. A brace of nice woodcock and a great finish to a great day out in the forest!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Visitors in the garden

Awoke this morning to find another family were making good use of our garden and having a feed on the fallen apples.










In total there were four roe deer and we had them as close as two meters from the window. It's always great to have nature so close, but to experience this in Oslo was a bit of a bonus to say the least.

All this was taking place at 10:30am with people going about their morning rituals, the roe deer didn't seem phased at all and just raised their head to check when people or a bus went past, I guess they are just totally used to it and know they are safe here.

I think I will have to buy some food for them to help them through the winter here in Norway, plus it will be a great opportunity to get some nice photo's and enjoy seeing them up close.