Hunting in the country of Sweden is in vogue, with almost 300 000 hunters of whom around 200 000 have signed up to the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management (a voluntary body that assists hunters in Sweden and their interests).
In Sweden, when anyone wants to participate in hunting, the person must pay a hunting conservation fee for the year. This payment can be done at Post Offices, and afterwards the receipt is to be attached to a hunting permit which the hunter should always have on his or her possession while hunting in Sweden.
There are certain requirements or regulations on the firearms and ammunition permitted for the hunting of wild animals. ‘Hunting in Sweden’ is a company that has specified some regulations, as stated on their website - http://huntinginsweden.com.
When hunting moose, red deer and bear;rifles are to be used and not shotguns. Bullets that weigh at least 10 grams are required to have impact energy of at least 2.000 joules at 100 metres from the gun. Bullets that weigh between 9 and 10 grams must have impact energy of at least 2.700 joules 100 metres from the barrel.
The same regulations are to be applied for the hunting of fallow deer and wild boar. However for these kinds of game there is acceptance to use shotguns loaded with slug-ammunition. To hunt this way, it is compulsory to use a single-barrel shotgun.
The hunting of beavers may only be done with rifles. When hunting roe-deer;hunters may use shotguns between 1 October and 31 January. At all other times of the year, rifles are to be utilized. The minimum requirement for ammunition when hunting beaver or roe-deer;is for the bullet to weigh at least 3.2 grams, with an impact of at least 800 joules at 200m from the barrel.
Not any fully jacket bullets are allowed for hunting the species mentioned above. No use of shotguns that can be loaded with more than 3 cartridges is allowed. There may be a prohibition of lead filled cartridges in some wetlands.
‘Hunting in Sweden’ offers a service to assist foreign hunters with guides;in planning their hunting trips in the county of Värmland, near the border of Norway. This area has a reputation for its forest and natural wilderness. The hunting areas are divided into three groups with a total land area extending across 11000 acres.
The company ‘Hunting in Sweden’ offers the following hunts, of which some are season specified:
•Moose/Elk has a short hunting season from the beginning of October to the end of October
•Roe deer with the hunting season being determined by the type of roe deer being hunted
•Beaver with the hunting season being from about October to May
•Alpine hare has its hunting season from about September to February
•Capercaillie, (black) grouse
This country has a great variety of wildlife and game animals that are not found in other parts of Europe anymore, such as the great moose.
The Swedish Hunters Association is a conservation organization, which has a stated mission on their website of having members who care about nature and animals, while working hard to support hunting wild game interests.