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About hunting in Sweden
Sweden, with the highest percentage of forested land in all of Europe, has a long and storied hunting tradition. The northern regions of this Scandinavian country are still sparsely populated, true wilderness. European moose live in just about every corner of the country; most estimates put the total population at some 300,000. In fact, the Swedes are the world’s most enthusiastic moose hunters, taking some 100,000 animals every year—twice as many moose as are shot in the USA and Canada, combined. The tremendous abundance of moose in Sweden has given rise to a moose-hunting tradition that is heavily focused on the most basic reason people hunt: for meat. The traditional “moose drive,” conducted with dogs that push moose to standing hunters, incorporates plenty of camaraderie and teamwork, with the aim of filling freezers and keeping the moose population in check. There are many other species to hunt in Sweden as well as moose, including roe deer, red deer, fallow deer, reindeer, and wild boars. Capercaillie and black grouse are also abundant and highly sought after by hunters in Sweden.
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