I was at a Kopov club meeting at the week end and picked up a book called , Vildsvinsförvaltning I samverkan “Wild boar management in cooperation “ You can google it but as its 50 pages it will not translate.
It’s a study what is the best way to manage the wild boar population in the future. The study is a cooperation between the LRF (Swedish NFU) Police, Jägareförbundet (Swedens leading hunting organisation ) The Swedish Kennel Club and several other hunting and agricultural organisation .
There are many similarities between the growing populations of wild boar in Sweden and England . The wild boar in Sweden originate from escapees from boar farm and parks in the 70’s so Sweden is 10 years a head in the spread of the wild boar.
Many mistakes have been made in the past in the management of the boar population and this cooperation is the start of getting some joined up thinking into the management of wild boar.
There were many mistakes like over feeding and over feeding with the wrong food. Not giving the wild boar the respect as a very worthy game species that can generate income and good hunting opportunities. Its also been found that by feeding in a strategic manner the damage to crops can be minimised to a acceptable level.
The book also covers the use of dogs in hunting boar, Hunting with a pack of dogs has never been allowed in Sweden neither has the use of attack dog s been allowed. But there has been a slipping of standards when it comes to hunting boar with dogs and it has been noticed that some hunting days do resemble pack hunting.
There is no Swedish dog breed for hunting boar although the spitzer type dogs as used for Älg hunting do hunt boar well . In the last 8 years there have been imports of several types of driving hunting dogs that specialise in boar hunting. The hunting breed clubs have now come together to put together a code for hunting these dogs and hunting tests etc.
Traffic accidents involving wild boar have risen from 755 year 2002 to an estimated 3000-3500 for the year 2009
This is where the police want to have good relations with hunters who carry out eftersök (tracking) of injured boar. Tracking boar requires a dog specially trained for the tracking of boar .
I read a article in the Teckle clubs magazine of a hunter who tracked a traffic injured boar with his teckle that he used for tracking roe. The teckle had never been trained on boar and the whole saga did not end well for handler or dog.
The people who are called out by the police are paid for there services . The payment varies depending on what type of animal you are tracking.
Rifle calibres and seasons for the hunting of boar have been in place since boar were put on the game list
The management of wild boar has changed dramatically over the last few years and this cooperation between all involved should lead to a better understanding and treatment of a very worthy game species.
I wonder if England will ever get some joined up thinking about the management of its soon to be exploding boar population?