Forest bird hunt at Fulufjället
Since time immemorial, capercaillie and black grouse have been hunted in Swedish forest. The coniferous forest around the Fulufjället plateau, and just outside one of our latest national parks, has a large population of forest birds. This is an ideal hunting trip for people who lack their own hunting grounds or hunting licence, or for anyone wanting to try forest bird hunting for the first time.
The activity involves three whole days of hunting, but starts the evening before with a detailed run through of hunting methods and safety, as well as information about the game. The knowledgeable and experienced guides talk about barking bird dogs and pointing dogs. In snowy conditions, the hunt is on skis. Hunting is in small groups with no more than three participants per guide, and with one capercaillie and black grouse allocated per hunter.
However, the days in the dense forests offer far more than just the chance to shoot capercaillie and black grouse. There are many elks and, in the autumn, bears wander around the area. Also, Nordic Footprint's experienced guides give people with no hunting licence the chance to participate in the hunt and to actually shoot a bird under supervision.
But this memorable wilderness experience is far more than handling a gun or interpreting the barking of the dog. At least as important is to enjoy the food and the experience of being in the wild, as well as swapping hunting stories and experiences. Even if the hunting is not a success, a hot risotto is especially delicious eaten out in the autumn forest. And the two-course dinner in the evening can be a celebratory meal after a successful day of hunting, or compensation for a few missed shots, including a taste of capercaillie, mouth-watering wild boar steaks and a delicious chocolate cake. The wood-fired sauna and a dip in the Fulan river add to the memory. Accommodation is in two cottages with double rooms or in family rooms with modern bunk beds.