The moose hunting season has started.
The moose hunting season has started here in southern Sweden and now is the time to be extra careful when driving early in the morning. Suddenly lots of people are out walking in the forest and then they start to shoot as soon as they see a moose. To hit a moose while driving may not mean that one will die but one will get very injured. But it isn’t just the animals You need to keep an eye on, I almost hit a hunter on my way to work.
All hunters here seems to be dressed in dark green clothes, I’ve almost never seen anyone wear camouflage colored clothes. If they walk on the road they really should have one of those reflective vests but this hunter didn’t. I barely managed to avoid him because he wasn’t walking especially close to the edge 🙂 But I missed him and I think we both were a bit more alert after that 🙂 🙂
I’m not sure how things works in other countries but here one can’t just by a hunting license and then walk out into the forest to shoot a moose or bear. You need to belong to a hunting team. It’s usually the land owner and depending on how big the area is lots of old men and now days rather many women. The ones belonging to a hunting team usually stays until they die and it’s almost impossible for a young person to get in to a team.
There are different kinds of licenses too. They are all pretty expensive but the cheapest is for the first three days, if they haven’t shot a moose during those days it’s all over. They can’t shoot one later on even if the season goes on for a couple of months. The most expensive is for the entire season but it would be cheaper to buy an entire moose to be honest 🙂 It varies how many and what kind of moose (or bear or what ever) they are allowed to shoot as well, it all depends on how big the area they have is.
This area is rather small so they are usually allowed to shoot one moose cow and one calf every second year and one adult moose the other year. We don’t have bears here so I have no idea what the rules are about those. Deers have other rules and I’m not sure about those either to be honest. Poaching is rare here in southern Sweden since lots of people would love to call the police to report them (I guess it’s the same further north but very few people live up there so it’s easier to be a poacher there). If the police catch You they take the license and it’s very hard and expensive to get it back. The risks are too big so almost all hunters follows the laws strictly. Well a beaver or two might find it’s way to heaven but just as long as no one can hear when it happens 🙂
Joyce asked me yesterday when we might get snow and I thought not for long hopefully because I hadn’t the energy to change to winter tires. But I took a look at the weather predictions and we might get snow this Friday. So suddenly I was full of energy and changed those tires 🙂 It was nice to be out in good time and not to freeze my fingers for once 🙂 It’s time to make a pot of tea and something to eat.
Have a great day!