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    Moose hunt in Finland

    My work buddy (originally from New York state) has often told me how much different hunting in Finland is compared to the US ways, so I thought you guys might be interested in hearing how we do it.

    Now, if I understood him correctly, you have this permit lottery and usually hunt alone/in small groups by walking in the woods/stalking.

    The Finnish style is that our hunting club applies for moose permits and the government grants them based on moose population in our area: you can kill this many bulls, this many cows and this many calves. We select a ”hunt boss” from our moose hunting party (the poor guy is responsible for everything that happens in the hunt and it’s an official position so he deals with the government agency for hunting as well), who will be in charge that year.

    When the season starts, the moose hunting group (22 guys in our case) gathers up in the morning in our hunting lodge. The boss goes through safety instructions and tells us where we are going and what we are hunting that day. (You know, ”today we hunt only calves or single cows”, or ”if it’s brown it’s down!”) Then we check that the VHF is working and head out to our designated spot. Once we’re all there, Ready and armed to the teeth, dog handlers let the dogs loose on moose trail. Dogs search the woods, while we (well, at least I do...) crack open a cold one and wait. When a dog finds a moose, two things can happen. 1. Moose starts running. That’s when guys in waiting put down their beer/coffee mug and prepare to shoot. 2. Moose stops at the shot.

    Usually, we have been able to be stationed well on their usual path, so we get our moose.

    That’s pretty much it in the nutshell.

    This year we had an awesome start, seven in the starting weekend! (3 bulls, 1 cow, 3 calves)

    Questions?
    Last edited by Dawei; 10-18-2018 at 08:59 AM.

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    Oh, and I got a small bull with my Marlin 1895SS using Hornady Leverevolution 325gr n 45-70gov.
    Last edited by Verneri; 10-18-2018 at 04:06 AM. Reason: Fixed the bloody autocorrect...

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    So who determines who gets a moose in the club?
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    I assume that the 22 guys break into smaller groups and are positioned a different places in the forest?

    If so, are these groups positioned so they have access to 'shooting lanes' in the forest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MidBigWest View Post
    So who determines who gets a moose in the club?
    Who ever gets it in his sights first gets to shoot, but we split all the meat between the crew. That means usually roughly 200+ pounds of moose meat in my fridge every year. (We use a local butcher to have moose chopped neatly, he also vacuum packs and labels everything. Then we make roughly equal bags and do some lottery on who gets which bag.)
    Last edited by Verneri; 10-18-2018 at 04:05 AM. Reason: Just making the answer more clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prickle Farmer View Post
    I assume that the 22 guys break into smaller groups and are positioned at different places in the forest?

    If so, are these groups positioned so they have access to 'shooting lanes' in the forest?
    Yes, we have four smaller groups, which all have their designed area to cover. Those are determined with a lottery in the morning in our club’s case and then we decide how we split those spots. We have predetermined places with stands, so we always have clear lanes where to shoot.
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    Hey Verneri - that's an interesting report. We'd all love to see some pics of your group and some moose kills (or elk, as they're sometimes called in Europe as I understand it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judson View Post
    Hey Verneri - that's an interesting report. We'd all love to see some pics of your group and some moose kills (or elk, as they're sometimes called in Europe as I understand it).
    Yeah post some pics please!
    (Especially if you got any Norwegian Elkhounds)



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    Quote Originally Posted by Vooch View Post
    Yeah post some pics, please!
    (Especially if you got any Norwegian Elkhounds)



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    Wouldn't they be Finnish Elkhounds? LOL!
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    A lot of people in Eastern North Carolina run deer with dogs like the OP and his hunting group do
    in Finland. I've never tried hunting with dogs but I imagine it would be effective as long as the
    other hunters keep in communication with each other and they are disciplined and not trigger
    happy, shooting the first thing that moves in their direction. Since I am a dog lover, it would
    be interesting to train one to do something like this. Me and the wife adopted a ninety pound
    blue nosed pit bull from the SPCA after our German Shepherd passed away last year. I could
    just see him tearing through the woods on the trail of a deer.


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