Its that time of the year again when many UK stalkers will travel to Europe and Scandinavia to hunt. For a hunting trip to shoot boar ,moose or what ever your quarry. Its likely it will cost you £1500 minimum. It may also be a once in a life time hunt.
So what preparations do people make before their trip? Do you make any preparations or just hope to wing it.
As much of the hunting for boar and moose is driven how many bother to practice on the running boar,deer range?
Even if it is driven game many shots are be taken at slow moving or stationary game. But what if the trophy bull moose or gold medal boar suddenly appears going full speed do you think your up to taking the shot when you have only shot at stationary game in the UK?
Do people think about the ammo they will use. How many buy or reload a box of premium ammunition.
How many buy a book or look up information about the quarry they are hunting or study the moose clock or where the vital organs are in quarry.
When I first hunted moose in 1985 I did have a bit of practise on the running deer range at Bisley and reloaded Nosler partitions for the hunt. I realised when I got here that more practice would not have gone amiss. I did shoot a good bull though.
I go down the running moose range every week end from the end of July until the beginning of October and shoot about 500 rounds. Whilst this may be a bit OTT when the big bull moose runs by me he will be dead. I shoot that much because practise is always good and its good fun.
It do’s surprise me, even here in Sweden how many turn up at the range the week before moose hunting and shoot to a level that just get them to the minimum level required of there hunting team.