Hunting License study

Feels awesome to finally get started on my way to the exam in licence to hunt. Ever since I completed wildlife biology at Umeå University, where I met a lot of active hunters (and also visited Jägerförbundet), I decided to get the license myself.  

The most important advice I got from them was to take the long way.. not the super expensive 3-days speed version license.  And due to my respect for animals, nature and weapon I totally agree on that – and will enjoy an in-depth learning progress and, hopefully, do my exam during spring 2018. I’m in no hurry.

svalbard travel rifle lisence protection photographing norway
I met another photographer on Svalbard that had his own weapon for safety, and I was invited to come along with him to go outside the city limits and find new cool stuff and places to shoot with our cameras – safely.

However, I am not sure I will ever have a heart to “shoot Bambi” – but I grew up with people around me doing grouse hunting, so it feels most naturally for me to aim for that.  Here are some (in my opinionadvantages with a hunters licence:

  • If I need to I am able to take home clean meat for dinner. I do not eat much meat, but when I do I prefer meat from animals that have spent a good life in nature (like moose and deer) rather than a bred animal with a life in total captivity and stress/fear from the slaughterhouse
  • I can visit Svalbard again and be more independent whenever I want to go outside the city limits (without having to pay for an expensive guide) and instead hire a proper gun to protect myself just in case (you know.. polar bears).
  • Another great reason to spend time with my dog outdoors in the mountains!
  • And of course learn a lot more about the management of wild animals, nature resources and humans, a comprehensive subject of increasing importance these days if you ask for my opinion.
  • …did I forget anything? please add!

 

 

sweden winter landscape örnsköldsvik stor åskasjön bredbyn lapphund foto liss myrås
This weekend the winter came to visit us up here in Northern Sweden, and I and Jenta went up to hike around Stor-Åskasjön again. Hopefully she will one day follow me to hunt grouse, as I am pretty sure she would like to use her hunting instinct.

Updates will follow….

Sweden: Wildlife tracking excursion in Umeå

We borrowed old-fashioned wooden skis from the swedish military – yes, like the one’s I remember using in my childhood Norway – but skis that are still going strong, especially in undulating terrain, and the only needed ski wax is a simple and more environment-friendly candle, not the toxic ski wax some are using today.

 

Thank’s to currently studying wildlife biology and conservation at Umeå University my class recently participated in an interesting animal tracking excursion in the forest fields outside Umeå town. Despite icy snow conditions we had an awesome and sweaty skiing tour with glittering sun, bonfire and nature… a wonderful day away from a confined classroom.

Lunch break and bonfire with kettle and hot-dog grilling together with our happy teacher

 

Many of us learn best when we’re “out there” experiencing, that’s for sure, especially when it comes to analyse tracks. It is easy to overlook lot’s of tracks and signs made by animals if you don’t know what to look for, as some appear to be almost “invisible”.

Among the subjects we looked at that day was the wild animals various eating patterns and taste, typical wildlife scat indentification and what the snow tracks can tell us. Pretty cool to move around and see what has been going on in the animal world when no humans are around.

The wood grouse male sure know how to make a lot of mess in no time, both on the ground and up in the tree – busy playing for the girls. Unfortunately we missed the show here 😀

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We also visited a big wooden fox trap with a dead chicken in it to learn how the mechanism works, and a feeding place for wild animals and what to think of if you want to establish such a place.  There are many caring people out there wanting to help wild animals, especially in the winter, but if regulation is not considered and knowledge is not involved wildlife can get hurt instead of helped. This kind of help and information is just a phone away!

Now, I wish you all a Happy Easter & Happy skiing – see ya’ soon! 🙂

Naturen i sockervadd

Fanns inte en chans att låta bli morgonens cykeltur på mtb:n – vädret bjöd ju på glittriga ispartiklar i luften och ett frostad landskap efter nattens dimfrost. Ett riktigt favoritläge för mig som gillar naturfotografering – dimfrosten har ändrat landskapet till läckerbitar där naturen ser utt att vara innhyllad i sockervadd! Mums!

sweden frosty winter landscape experiment photo liss myrås

Dagens bild ovan blev jag riktigt nöjd med – och jag tycker inte om att editera ihjal en bild too much, men mest bara göra naturliga förbättringar. Fast ikväll har jag testat en “mirroring effect” och fick med ett enda klick denna dubberade spegelbilden – ja man skall då ha det lite kul med foto också. Och tack till bonden som lät mig traska runt på hans mark imorse 🙂

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Dimfrost (inte helt det samma som rimfrost) bildas vid tätt fuktdis eller dimma och minusgrader. Den uppstår på vindsidan av upprättstående föremål och dylikt när antingen underkylda dimdroppar fryser till is eller när vattenånga direkt övergår i iskristaller.

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