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Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp
Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp

Situated in Southern Sweden just 90 minutes by train from Stockholm’s Arlana Airport is the small town of Hedemora, home to Nickbergets Jakt & Fiskecamp and the thriving local Hunting Club which operates it. 

Hunting is conducted over 5000ha of unfenced Forest where big game and bird hunting is available together with fishing and more general tourist activities and for those who have never visited Sweden, this is a stunningly beautiful area where Silver Birch compete with Spruce and Pine providing a challenging natural environment for Moose, Roe Deer, Beaver and Hare hunting as well as Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Hazel Grouse and Woodcock, known locally as the Bergslagen ‘Grand Slam’. 

There is a flexibility in terms of visitor numbers where solo hunters and modest parties are as welcome as larger groups, n fact it is not unusual for Corporate clients to hunt this area where accommodation can range from traditional wooden lakeside cabins to luxurious hotel facilities depending on your preference and budget. 

When it comes to Moose hunting, this is where the working relationship between man and dog is best personified and for those who have not seen it in operation before are in for a delight! 

Before the hunt commences, guns are positioned on raised stands or shooting platforms across well known rides in order to maximise the chances of taking a beast after which hunters enter the forests utilising the latest GPS technology to track the dogs as they bisect the area before them. Pre-hunt briefings and high-vis clothing mean that each member of the party know their respective position and responsibility as the active participants follow the dogs as they search for moose in the dense woodlands. 

When we think of moose, many assume it to be a slow, lumbering clumsy creature although nothing could be further from the truth. With a potential top speed of 40mph, these enormous creatures glide silently through the forest when their large ears and keen sense of smell come into their own. 

Once a moose is spotted, the hound approaches while commencing barking in order to confuse the creature while alerting the hunter to their find, at which point the dog handler and hunter approach as rapidly as possible while the barking dog attempts to keep the animal occupies and stationary – and attempt is the right word because while the Moose believes the dog to be a predatory wolf, it‘s confusion is all that keeps it rooted while the guns approach. 

Dogs like these are highly valued and effectively ‘talk’ to their handlers during the hunt and as they spot the hunters approaching, will attempt to further confuse and position the animal n order for a shot to be taken. Certainly much can and does go wrong as the Moose is a significant creature with the means to evade and escape although after a successful conclusion it is difficult to decide who enjoyed the hunt the most, the humans or their canines, in fact, when talking around the camp fire later in the day regaling stories of previous hunts, the Swedes talk of shooting a moose ‘for their dog’ rather than with it! 

Packages for Moose Hunting are sold by the day when the season runs from October to December, after which the short days, snow and cold winter are prohibitive for overseas visitors and dilute the efficiency of the hunting. Generally this region has sufficient permits for the time available when calves cows and bulls can be taken. 

Bird Hunting is exactly that too, none of your passive peg-standing here as again dogs, in this case Pointers are used to cross and quarter the open woodland in search of Black and Hazel Grouse, Capercaillie and Woodcock while the hunters follow again using GPS. During a two-hour hunt my Guide and I covered 10km through the forests as his dog hunted ahead of us, all the while watching it’s progress and location on the GPS.

Once it’s quarry has been spotted, the Pointer reverts to it’s nature and waits to allow the hunters to approach, at which point it is they, not the dog which flushes the bird in order to get a shot. Speed and concentration is essential as is a good sense of humour, especially if your eyesight and proficiency with a shotgun are similar to mine! 

Hunting and fishing remain cornerstones of Swedish culture where the hunt is a collective, community-centred activity shared by friends for the benefit of all. Aside from Moose and Bird Hunting, Roe Deer may also be stalked and there s a significant Beaver population locally which also have a season, as do Hares which is considered locally to be the sport of Kings! Wolves do not operate in the region yet although infrequent sightings suggest tat they too may become available to hunt in the future, and the same is true of Brown Bear which also inhabit the area. 

With so much rainfall and so many lakes in the area, fishing is also very popular where Pike and Rainbow Trout are available. These can be taken either as part of your trip or during a rest day should you want one or as the main activity of your visit when your guide will be on-hand to advise and assist where appropriate. 

To summarise, we found Bergslagen to be a fabulous location for hunting and fishing with some very good bird hunting too. The Hunting Team were genuinely enthusiastic and very capable and I came away having felt that I had hunted with friends rather than a commercial operation, such is the warmth and sincerity of the hosts. For those looking for a memorable Moose Hunt without the significant journey and transfers required to visit Canada, Sweden is the perfect destination and once Bear numbers allow, this too will become a realistic alternative to North America should that be your interest and for those looking for a different variation on Wing Shooting, again Sweden has trumped many of the locations we have visited to date. 

In short we loved it and aside from the excellent quality of sport, it was the people which truly made the difference, so if you are looking for a relatively local hunting adventure with nice people conducted in the spirit of fair chase complimented by dogs working in partnership with their handlers and where your hosts and guides genuinely care about their sport, Nickbergets is definitely somewhere we would recommend!