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The Majestic Älg

Sweden is known for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. That's one of the reasons I moved here almost two decades ago. Among the animals found locally is the Elk. The largest species of the deer family, Elk (Älg in Swedish) hold a special place in Swedish culture and tradition. With their colossal antlers and imposing presence, they embody the raw power and beauty of nature. In Sweden, the majestic Elk reigns supreme.

This week saw the start of Elk hunting season in our local area, but don't think for a minute this is a free for all. Hunting clubs have clearly defined areas where they have the right to hunt, together with a license permitting a set number of animals that can be culled. There are strict codes of conduct to observe, with committee meetings and protocols held in preparation. Elk hunting is serious business.

As Monday morning arrived, and with it the first zero temperatures of autumn, our local Elk hunting club gathered in anticipation, equipped not only with rifles and radios but with skill, patience, and respect for nature. Elk hunting in Sweden is not merely a sport; it is an age-old tradition deeply rooted in the country's heritage. Hunting in Sweden is not just about the pursuit of a trophy; it is an immersive experience that allows hunters to forge a deep connection with nature, while also contributing to wildlife conservation efforts. So, as we celebrate the premiere of Elk hunting this week, let us celebrate this ancient tradition with respect, admiration, and a commitment to preserving the delicate balance of our natural world for future generations.

Thanks to this video of a male elk captured by one hunter and wildlife enthusiast, Niklas Alexandersson, we can embark on a virtual journey and witness the magnificence of the male elk in its natural habitat. The video was taken from quite far away in order not to disturb or frighten off the animal, but Niklas still managed to capture some stunning shots, highlighting both its size and gracefulness as it moves. Thanks Niklas! #jaktochfisk #älgjakt #svenskjakt #emmastrandbergbooks #skeesafari #elkhunting #sweden #forestbathing


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