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Old 07-29-2020, 02:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

Been a while since I wrote here, but figured now is the time. We moved to Utah in September 2018, but due to my father taking ill and my sister couldn't handle it by herself, we headed back to Sweden in June 2019. Still in Sweden, but planning to move back to the US, probably Boise, ID this time.

Anyways, in September/October 2019, I managed to take down my second moose, this time a younger cow. Nothing special, but thought I'd share a picture of my prey and our hunting dog we used. The hunting here works like this, we hunt in groups/teams, our team is about 12-13 people, mostly family. Most of us will go and sit in stands while 1 or 2 are hunting with the dog. The dog is let off leash, to track and find moose. The best scenario is, the dog will find the moose, bark and keep it busy, while the hunter can sneak onto it, and then take the shot.
Doesn't work every time because the moose runs. With my moose, that's what happened.

I had just made it to my stand, took my backpack off and was heading up to my stand. The ladder was broken so I was going to climb up. As I was reaching for grip, the dog started barking not too far from me. So forget about trying to climb, I took my rifle and walk out on the marsh a few meters, maybe 10-15.
The dog keeps barking and soon I can hear the moose running so I get ready. She comes out in the opening, I can't see the dog, which is good. Take one shot, missed.
Lucky me, there's another opening and I take another shot and looks like a hit.

A few minutes go by, and I hear the dog barking in the direction the moose ran by me. I call on the radio (we use walkie-talkies kind of ) to see where the dog handler is, he is far away, he had dropped something. So I say that I'm going to go check it out and finish off the moose if I need to.
Take a loop around to get the wind against me and slowly walk toward the barking dog. I get there and am ready to fire off, but the moose is dead!

Completely missed the first shot, but the second took her down perfectly, no meat damage and everything was well. We gutted her there, and got her back to our village for skinning and getting the filet's out for dinner.

In the picture you can see the moose and the dog, a beautiful bitch by the name of Vera. Friendly but she can be fierce to other dogs.

Hopefully I'll be back in the US soon and be able to go on a backcountry hunt in the mountains one day!
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Old 07-29-2020, 04:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Congratulations, Interesting in using a dog to hunt big game, instead of having a rabbit dog you have a moose dog ( I can't believe that we don't have a dog smile)

Idaho should offer you some better hunting opportunities than Utah would. Sorry to hear about your dad, a person needs to do what they need to do and a lot of times family comes first.
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Old 07-29-2020, 04:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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We use different kind of dogs for hunting over here.
There's several breeds for big game, some hunts bears, moose and hogs with them. And some are more specialized on 1 prey, like our dogs are.

I have a dog myself for upland game, like black grouse and caipercaille. And then we have the setters for ptarmigan hunting.
The hunt itself gets very exciting since you have to sneak close enough to see the dog, because you want to make sure it's not in the way or behind the moose, and the moose have great hearing and nose. Sometimes it can take up to 2 hours to get close enough to get a shot. It's intense.
And the dogs are very tenacious, sometimes they are far away and we leave them overnight, and the next morning they will still be barking on the same spot. It's crazy.

Thanks for the kind words regarding my dad. We finally got him into a home, not that that is too much fun, but it makes it much easier on me and my sister. Have barely seen him now since May due to COVID-19, but he's doing alright. He suffers from a kind of dementia.
It was hard to leave Utah to help out my sister, but now it's over and I feel I can pick up our life again.

Hopefully Idaho can offer more adventure than Utah Utah is wild, but there are just too many people. Even small towns like Logan is getting crazy big and crowded! They are growing too fast!
And I know Boise is suffering from this too, growing very fast. We'll see, it'll take us maybe 6 months before we can move so, taking our time.



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Congratulations, Interesting in using a dog to hunt big game, instead of having a rabbit dog you have a moose dog ( I can't believe that we don't have a dog smile)

Idaho should offer you some better hunting opportunities than Utah would. Sorry to hear about your dad, a person needs to do what they need to do and a lot of times family comes first.
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Hey glad to hear from you. Iíve Ben wondering lately if you were out looking for ptarmigan in the Uintahs. Thanks for sharing a perspective most of us will never experience. Nothing beats hunting behind dogs in my opinion.
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Congrats! cool story and dog!
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Boise is the fastest growing area in the county, and is way bigger than Logan. If Logan had too many people for you, you may want to rethink Boise. That said, I think Boise is a great place and could live in Meridian very easily.

And, more importantly...

This. Is. Awesome!

Add killing a moose in Sweden to my lotto bucket list.
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Congratulations man, beautiful moose and dog
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Nice swamp donkey!

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Old 07-29-2020, 11:37 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks you all!

September here is when the hunting starts and big part of the country is out trying to get the big game, moose or bears. But moose is what most people hunt. And they are bigger here in the northern parts, and even bigger in Alaska, due to harsher climate. We're spared thanks to the Gulf Stream

Speaking of, the season is soon upon us for another hunting season, but depending on my employment, not sure I'm going to make it for a whole week.
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Boise is the fastest growing area in the county, and is way bigger than Logan. If Logan had too many people for you, you may want to rethink Boise. That said, I think Boise is a great place and could live in Meridian very easily.

And, more importantly...

This. Is. Awesome!

Add killing a moose in Sweden to my lotto bucket list.
I know Boise is bigger than Logan, but I'm guessing Boise has more room for growth than what Logan does.
Logan is an option for us as well, but we kind of want to get out of Utah. At least out of the SL valley.
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