Monday, 26 August 2013

First Roe Buck 2013

The roe buck season opened on the 10th August in Norway and I have been out in the terrain morning and night in the hope of getting a buck, unfortunately to no avail. After a long day at work on Wednesday 14th August I decided I needed to unwind, so got home, changed into my camo, grabbed my Summit Viper climbing tree stand and jumped into my car for the short 15 minute drive to my terrain. I arrived at the terrain at about 18:00 hours and was up the tree in position by about 18:30 hours. After about an hour and a half I suddenly noticed a red/brown lump which wasn't there a few seconds ago, up with the rifle scope and I could see immediately it was a buck, I quickly turned my video camera on and tried to get a little bit footage. The buck was walking towards me so there was no chance of a shot and then it quickly disappeared behind some trees to the left and out of sight. I repositioned the camera in the next clearing to the left and waited for it to appear, I got my rifle ready and the seconds ticked by so slowly as I waiting for it to step out, still no sign I started to think I had missed my opportunity, then I noticed it had reappeared in the original opening, I quickly swung the camera around and waiting for a shootable position.

The buck was about 60-70 meters away and I had to wait for what felt like an eternity for it to stand broadside in a clearing, eventually it stopped clear of all obstacles and I placed the cross hairs tight behind the shoulder and gently squeezed the trigger, the buck jumped to the shot and ran towards me, I could see instantly it was fatally injured, but I quickly reloaded just in case a second shot was needed. The buck fell in the bushed about 15 meters to the right of my tree stand and passed. I gathered my equipment, sent a few text messages to friends and family and slowly made my way down the tree to collect my buck.

Here's some video and a few pic's.




And here's my dachshund puppy Geordie experiencing his first roe deer, he wasn't scared one bit and went straight in and had a bit chew and rag on one of the legs  =)

 

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, 13 August 2013

First foxes for 2013

Joined my friend Jon Anders to try and thin out the number of foxes in our hunting terrain a little while back. We have been out a few of times now without success so we were hoping for some results.

We set up over a recently felled area of woodland and set up the electronic caller and spinning decoy, we started off with some mouse squeaks to see if there was anything in the immediate area but after 15 minutes and no signs of a fox, we switched over to the hare calls. After about 30 minutes of intermittent calling a young fox appeared in front of Jon Anders at about 80 meters and he quickly dropped it on the spot with a shot through the front of the chest as he was facing towards him.

Upon inspection it was clear that it was one of this years cubs.


 
The roe buck hunt started on the 10th August over here in Norway and whilst sitting in my high seat about 30 minutes before last light waiting for a buck I noticed something white moving in the distance, up with my rifle and a quick check through the scope confirmed it was a fox. A quick squeak got it's attention to which it sat upright and I placed the cross hairs on the centre of the chest and released the shot, the 200 grain Lapua Mega dropped the fox on the spot and I made my way down to collect it.




A nice big dog fox taken out of action!

We have a lot of foxes in our hunting terrain so a few of us have decided that with every opportunity we get we will take a fox to help reduce the number a little and in doing so help out the other wildlife.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Game Camera Action: young moose and roe deer

As the roe buck hunt is only four weeks away here in Norway we have been doing a lot of checking on our game cameras to identify which bucks we have in our terrain. We now have five game cameras out in the terrain between three of us, so we've always got action somewhere. This time it was no different, although no bucks it was great to see the pictures of the next generation moose and roe deer looking fit and healthy.




 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

New hunting companion!

Well after a number of years of wanting, I am only a few days away from being the proud owner of a puppy. I have wanted a dog for many years now, but due to family commitments, travelling with work and a small apartment in the city I did not feel I could fully commit to giving it the attention and the environment it deserves. Then came the year 2012 and there were some big changes in my life, firstly a new job with very little travelling and then moving out of my apartment to a lovely house with a nice garden and easy access to fields and open areas. Growing up in the countryside this was the closest I could get to it, whilst still living in Oslo and it was a perfect location to raise my five year old son with my girlfriend. That being said, there was also the thought that this could also be the perfect location to own a dog, so this got me thinking as to what breed would be suitable for my family and also for my hunting interests.

After lots of back and forth between a beagle, dachshund or a drever, I finally decided that a dachshund/ teckel ticked all of the boxes in my requirements. I decided upon a standard size, short haired, black and tan dog which I will train to hunt roe deer and hare, as well as blood tracking. In Norway you are permitted to use small dogs for hunting deer, the small body and short legs of the dachshund ensures there is no chance of the roe deer being chased down to exhaustion and caught, the dachshund simply locates the fresh tracks of the deer and bumbles along barking as it follows them, the roe deer then simply begin to move around in the terrain and its the hope that they will pass one of the occupied hunting posts.

Here are some pictures of the new addition, he will be named 'Geordie' ( pronounced Jordy) which is a term given to people from the North East of England and is where I grew up.


 



I pick him up from the breeder this weekend when he turns eight weeks old, I'm counting down the hours :-)

He comes from great hunting lines and his father is a Swedish Hunting Champion, I look forward to enjoying many hours now in the forest training him to hunt and track - hopefully he's got some of his fathers talent!

My blog will be updated with the action and his achievements as and when it happens.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Game Camera Pic's 7th-15th June

Just a few more pictures from my game camera, I have now hopefully fixed the pink pictures caused by the stuck infared lens so any future pictures should turn out as normal.






I've been out scouting a few times now and we are seeing lots of animal sign so it's looking good for the start of the season :-)

Sunday, 16 June 2013

An interesting find in the forest!

I was out scouting my terrain on Saturday with a friend and checking our game cameras when we found a shed antler from a bull moose. I decided to take it home and see if I could find any pictures of the moose on our game camera's which it may have belonged to.

I think I have found a pretty good match, the little spike between the fork is an interesting little feature and makes it unique to any of the others bull moose I have seen in the area.



Hopefully we'll bump into him again during the moose hunt in October, this time he should be a 6 Pointer at least!

Monday, 10 June 2013

A few game camera pictures

Went to check on my game camera at a new salt stone we set up and had these pictures. The red filter has jammed on the camera so the daytime pictures have a pinkish look to them, it's an easy fix and I will sort this out next time I visit the camera.




These next three photo's are quite interesting, the fox appears to have a hare in it's mouth and it almost looks like it grabs it on the second photo and carries it off in the third. Have a look at see what you think!




And now for a heavily pregnant roe doe, I don't think she can be far from giving birth looking at the size of her on these pictures!



Thursday, 6 June 2013

First Scouting Trip

Took advantage of the recent good weather a couple of weeks ago and had a trip out into the forest to put out some salt stones and also set up the game cameras to see if we had many animals in the area prior to the roe buck hunt. We hadn't been in the terrain 10 minutes when we came across buck scrapes and when we looked closer into one we could see there was a tick lying right in the middle full to the brim of blood so clearly this was a very fresh scrape and the tick had fallen off after gorging itself.

Here's a pic of the roe buck scrape, if you look closely you can see the tick lying in the middle.



We set out a couple of salt stones in quiet areas close to water but a away from footpaths so as not to frequently have the animals disturbed by hikers, cyclists and dog walkers etc.


We checked the game camera situated by one of the salt stones this week and we were very happy to see we had some action, over 200 photo's of this young bull moose, think we may have to increase the time between photos to prevent hundreds being taken in a few minutes.


Hopefully we'll get some pictures of roe bucks before the start of the buck season on the 10th August... I'm already counting down the days!  :-)


Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Swedish Wild Boar Hunt

Myself and my friend Jon Anders have just returned from a weekend Swedish wild boar hunt. We departed Oslo at 9am and hit the road for our intended destination of Karlskrona about 8.5 hours drive away. The drive was long but we were kept entertained by the number of roe deer in sight on the fields next to the highway, we had literally seen hundreds by the time we reached Karlskrona at 5:30pm.

We were met by our guide for the weekend, Ola Melkersson who showed us to the guest house and agreed to pick us up again at 7:45pm so we could relax for a couple of hours before the hunt. We had planned the hunt to coincide with the full moon to give us the best possible light during the night.

Ola has the hunting rights on several farms in the area and helps the local farmers keep the numbers down as they are like a plague in this area of Sweden. He maintains the feed sites on a daily basis, this coupled with game cameras gives him a good idea of which areas are being visited by the boar ensuring we are set up in the best areas.

7:45pm arrived and Ola picked us up and took us to the feed sites. I was posted on a tree stand in a clearing in the forest about 35 meters from the feeder, I climbed up and got myself comfortable for the long night ahead. Now comfortable I glanced to my right only to see a curious young moose cow staring right at me about 40 meters away, I sat watching her for 15 minutes in the binoculars before she quietly slipped away into the forest.

Here is a pic of the feeder right in front of the tree stand, to the left of me and not shown in the photo there was also a nice open meadow.


As the light started to fade I could hear animals were beginning to move in the forest around me, then at approximately 10pm I noticed a black blob scurrying from the end of the clearing straight ahead of me towards the feeder, this was quickly followed by another 4 and they made straight for the feeder. I slowly got my rifle ready then felt the horrible sign of wind on the back of my neck, almost immediately the boar scattered and grunted as they picked up my scent.

I sat there for several more hours with no sign and the wind swirling in all directions, then at about 2:45am I heard a huge grunt come from the area behind the trees to the left of the feeder, the pigs had returned but had got my scent again, I sat their till 4am with nothing more showing we were picked up a returned to the guest house for some much needed sleep.

My friend Jon Anders also had a quiet night, he saw a small pig in the forest but it did not come out in the open and soon disappeared, though he did have a pine martin feeding away at the feeder.

Saturday evening due to the wind conditions Ola set me up in a different post situated on garden chair behind a stone wall and situated on a small hill overlooking some fields, about 40 meters away was an upturned bucket with feed under it and a large rock placed on the top to prevent anything apart from boar getting to the feed. Again as the light started to fade the forest started to come alive, I hadn't been sitting there long when I heard a large grunt come from the trees at the back of the field I was overlooking, unfortunately nothing came of it and the hours rolled by. Then at about 1am I heard another grunt and some scurrying about 75 meters to my left, this is where Ola said they might appear from and judging from the noise I guess they also got wind of me and scattered. The pigs in this area have high hunting pressure so only venture out during the nights and are very spooky. I did get the fright of my life at about 2am when a roe deer crept in behind me and then barked and ran off just about 5 meters from where I was sitting, took a few minutes to get my heart to slow down, thought at first it was a wild boar and almost panicked - lol

Here are some photo's of my post for the second night.





My friend Jon Anders had a more successful night and got his first wild boar weighing about 50 kg, he had opted to sit in the same post as the night before in a comfortable little cabin overlooking a small field at the forest edge.

Below are a few pics of Jon Anders and his first boar which dropped on the spot to a 180 grain bullet through the shoulders.









I have no affiliation to Ola but would highly recommend him if you would like to give boar hunting a go in Sweden. You can check out his blog which has his email and phone number at the top:

A big thank you to Ola for arranging the hunt and congratulations to Jon Anders on his first wild boar.

We're both talking about planning another trip :-)