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    Boar and Moose hunting on the continent.

    I thought I'd start a new thread rather than derailing the UKSHA thread.


    I just wanted to ask those that know some questions about what goes on (dog wise) at these hunts. I've absolutely no experience of any form of hunting on the continent(I don't even think I've ever seen a wild boar and I've certainly never seen a moose!) and wondered how they do it. Do they use 'beating' dogs to push the animals to the guns? I've seen videos where it looks like they're using dogs as what I would describe as a lure (for moose)? Is that what happens? What size of an event is it? How many tracking (and other) dogs do they have present? What sort of area of ground are they working? Is it a productive way to hunt these animals?

    I'd quite like to know about other dog work too, I saw a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever demonstration at a game fair once and thought it was fantastic! I managed to get out a couple of times with the lurchers (before the ban) and enjoyed that too. So I'd love to hear if anyone has an unusual breed of dog that works in a different way.
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    one of the videos I've seen that make me think the dogs are used as 'lures'
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    In my albeit limited experience the dogs are not used as lures, rather they track their way up to the moose. When they get there either the moose stands still at which the dog barks so that the handler can approach and shoot the moose, or the moose starts moving and the dog follows. The dogs have radio tracker collars so can be followed from a distance. Other than the dog handlers, most of the guns are sitting in high/low seats or on logging tracks surrounding the area where the dog (and hopefully moose) is located.

    I am sure more experienced Site members will be able to give a better informed answer.

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    As Willie says we used dogs with garmins and tracked the dogs their range was around 2-3 kilometres now some of the dogs were not specifically trained and flushed game and it could be hare, deer or moose and boar but the team I was with had specific dogs for moose and boar they didn't flush deer.
    we went to our driven areas and the dog men set up and we then looked for sign once a trail was found we put the hounds to them and off they ranged.
    we then followed with the garmin once the dog got close they barked to let us know they were on live animals and this is when it gets real interesting the two dogs I was with were very experienced dogs and very powerful and on boar they would move them towards the driven line but not all boar want to and they do not back down once cornered the barking stops you know you have to get in quick one boar had gone for the dog and the dog held the boar by the nose till we got there to dispatch. boar often just move so far in front of the dogs and get into cover.
    The moose were very hard to drive towards the driven line they just tended to plod along all over the place and they are huge and was pretty much luck of the draw were they turned up.
    I was fortunate last trip as I saw seven moose and had a real nice bull moose we tracked no shot was taken as the tags for bulls had gone but was great to see all the same, To me working alongside the dogs was far better than the driven line and would definitely urge anyone given the chance to have a go grab with both hands, atb wayne
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    This is the type of dog that was used on my trip:



    And on this photo you can see the GPS collar (and the moose )

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    Ok here go's, The dog in Wille_gunns photo is a Jämthund a Swedish breed of Hound bred for moose hunting, second in popularity after the Norsk Gråhund. They are used to hunt moose and boar not lure them. You just loose them off in the forest and the will pick up the scent of the moose and drive it and try and bring it to bay. They should drive moose in silence and only bark when they have the moose bayed. They dog handler follows the dog often at quite a distans. They don't drive moose to the guns. The guns are placed out at places that the moose or boar are likely to pass. Its about knowing your hunting ground well.
    They should not attack the moose or boar they are hunting. Its not allowed in Sweden to have a dog that will attack game whilst hunting. Dogs that are to sharp can be trained for tracking instead. In Sweden we have dogs for hunting almost every thing from birds to moose.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    What Jagare says.

    When I told the others in the hunting party that sitting in the high seat and hearing the dogs bark was exciting, they told me that instead I should get excited when the dogs are silent, as that's when I was most likely to see a moose!

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    Thanks for the replies, I really like the way that hunting works in Europe, especially the Scandinavian countries, I think I'll probably be going over there for my next dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shabz View Post
    Thanks for the replies, I really like the way that hunting works in Europe, especially the Scandinavian countries, I think I'll probably be going over there for my next dog.
    Me too, in fact 6 years ago I picked up this little fella, but here in the UK! He's a Norwegian Elkhound (grey) as mentioned by Jagare.
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    They have a very strong hunting instinct, but also make a great companion. Highly recommended!
    All the best, Ben

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    I've done quite a bit of big game driving on the continent. I was in the beating line, pushing deer and boar towards guns in high towers or standing.

    We use a mixture of dogs, mainly Teckels and terriers to drive the quarry. The principal is very similar to a pheasant shoot.

    A full write up of my most recent trip is available here Hungary 2014 - Page 1 - Earthdog & Terrier Work - The Hunting Life
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