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Hunting season in Sweden soon
Mon 5-Jul-10
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Ray and Helle
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Hi there,

 

I could not see any hunting related threads, I wondered if there were any other Hunters on here.

I am always on the lookout for recipes and hunt related gossip. I have some land I hunt, plus I have permission to take pigeons, rabbits, hares and so on on the neighbours land.

If I have made a mistake and hunting is not discussed, then I will of course not mention it again.

 

Regards from a very warm Denmark,

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Mon 5-Jul-10
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Hi Ray, welcome!

I don't think hunting is a taboo subject here, a good majority of folks on the forum are into alternative sources for food and getting away from supermarket reliance.

Personally, I have a great respect for hunting folks, especially when it is done respectfully, for the sake of sustenance -vs- trophies and skins. (Confidentially, I am a big baby, if I had a past life I was a gatherer, not a hunter!)

You may want to skim the main dish catigory for a little more discussion on wild game.

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Mon 5-Jul-10
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Hello Ray and Helle

nice to hear from you i for one don't mind hunting as long as you eat what you shoot i do a little hunting here but only with an air rifle ,the gun laws are a little tight here in England, so it is prohibitively expensive and time consuming to own fire arms ,also most of our large animals are protected and hunting is forbidden even on private land for most of them ,we do a little rabbiting ,and wood pigeons are quite plentiful and most farmers will agree to a little vermin control .which part of Denmark are you in .i visited Denmark quite a few years ago and always intended to return ,but alas it has yet to happen due to other commitments.yours MOS.Wave

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Mon 5-Jul-10
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Wave Hi  Ray and Helle

  Although I do not hunt myself,  I share food with someone who does.  Therefore  my diet includes pheasant, venison, rabbit, hare, duck, partridge,  pigeon, grouse, wild boar and goose.  I had pheasant from the freezer tonight.  It makes for a good varied diet.

I go along to shoots sometimes and I have a black labrador who picks up.  He loves it.  

Like MOS , I am only in favour of hunting if you are hunting for food.  Much of our land in Scotland is good land, because it is managed for shootng.  We  have a lot of deer around here which are a menace on the road, but of course you are not allowed to shoot them on someone's land without permission.  As my friend is a forest ranger, he is often asked by landowners to shoot deer which are a nuisance on their land.

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Mon 5-Jul-10
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Thank you for joining in, Ray and Helle.

Hunting is fine but we do not have the opportunity here in the UK, as MOS explained. One of the members who used to visit here earlier in the year (AJ) was actively involved in hunting small game (rabbits, woodpigeon) for the pot but he has not been around for a few months.

What do you hunt mostly?

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Tue 6-Jul-10
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If it is wild boar you hunt we might have a job for you Cheers, seriously though I am not sure what the rules are here in Latvia, it seems a little confused but the upshot of it is (whoops no pun intended), is that we have a wild boar problem but if it is possible to hunt on our land then you would be very, very welcome. I think I would miss Harriet hare though as Ian calls our regular visitor, especially as it is not really that frightened of us and so far has not taken to eating our cabbages we have planted on our land.

I used to live in Copenhagen for three years, so interested to know where you hail from too.

Tue 6-Jul-10
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Hi to you both...I lived and worked in Stockholm and Copenhgen, beautiful cities but am now much further south.  We have hunting season and all is regulated.  I'm not up to it myself...tin cans on the shooting range for me....I don't think I could kill anything.  Even my ailing pet rabbit I took to the vet and it set me back £235 to keep it in the land of the living.  The fox got it one night and I bet that was the most expensive rabbit he had tasted.....Skol...with eyes to eyes....Champagne 

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Sat 10-Jul-10
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Ray and Helle
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Hi all,

 

thanks for the replies. To answer the main concern, I always eat the animals I shoot (exception being fox or mink control).

To actually be allowed to hunt in Denmark, you have to go through a tough exam, both theory (animal identification and mating season etc) and practice (weapon handling and safety and distance judgement). Just to give a pointer at the difficulty, I went up for the test with 19 other aspiring hunters, we were three who passed!

Hunting is also expensive over here, however, I am privileged in that my best friend has two large pieces of land near our cottage in Sweden, and my neighbour does not mind me using the shotgun on his land.

To answer the question of geography, my wife and I live in Valby which is actually in Copenhagen, about 10 minutes from the city centre. Our cottage is about two hours drive up into Sweden, right up on the border between Skåne and Kronoberg.

One of the reasons we like to read the threads on this site is that we would love to actually retire to our cottage in the future. As it was a small working farm, and all the small buldings are still intact, we dream of being semi self sufficient, at least for veg, eggs, chickens and so on.

All for now, once again thanks for the comments,

 

regards, Ray (by the way, originally from Southport UK)

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Sat 10-Jul-10
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Hi again,

 

forgot to say, I hunt everything the law allows. Pigeons, Rabbits, Hare, Ducks, Geese and Deer to name but a few. The season is quite short, it stretches from 16 of August to the end of January. however, a large amount of the birds we are allowed to hunt are migratory, so you have only a month or so to hunt them.

 

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Sat 10-Jul-10
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That is so funny Ray, I was born in Blackpool and then lived just up the road from you in Rødovre (for all non-Danes impossible to pronounce without sounding like your throwing up). I am guessing Ray though that your wife is Danish.

I must find out the rules for hunting here in Latvia, it sounds like most things here, no one really knows the rules for sure. Roll_Eyes

Thu 22-Jul-10
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Just brought a BSA lighting 2.2 with slincer for £80 so jade now gets my old one. there is only a tiny wood near me so not good realy. only rabbits and pigions and they see me coming need to do a night over in the woods one day.

Fri 23-Jul-10
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Just brought today a small crossbow about 14" wide by 16" long for £5 . maybe we could have a hunting section after all.cheers

Fri 23-Jul-10
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eeek Just be very careful where you point that bow Nige!

I'll try that again!

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Jade is out side playing with the cats as we speek big_laugh  i_am_hungry

Tue 31-Aug-10
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A quick update, the Buck hunting season started at sunrise on the 16th of August. I was in position on a large, flat topped natural rock with a about 100-150 meters of grass then forest on all sides.

Watching the forest awaken at sunrise is something special, clad in camouflage, it is a rare privalge to be able to watch the birds and animals undetected.

Only saw a small point buck in the morning, I let him go even though he was legal, I wanted something bigger for my first buck deer.

I was back in position that evening, finally at 20:42, just after sunset, a fine Buck wandered through the mist shrouded trees and into the field. At first he was out of range, he came closer and closer, finally at about 80 meters out he turned sidewards to me, presenting me with a perfect shot.

I have to tell you, at that moment I really did go through my reasons for wanting to kill this animal, I realised that I was at a watershed, either I would commit, or I would hang up my rifle for good.

Despite shaking hands and galloping heart, I took the shot, he ran for about five meters then fell.

This was probably one the most exhilarating moments of my life (wedding night apart). I know some people say that it is wrong to be exhilarated by a kill, but this is why I became a hunter. Simply for the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of eating meat I had shot, dressed, skinned and butchered myself.

The season is operning up now, I will be scanning the pages for recipes for Venison, Pigeon breast and wild Goose, which is what I have in the freezer up until now!

Regs, Ray

PS if you want a picture I will post one.

 

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