The grouse hunting season is soon ending in Finland. To celebrate the great memories of the meditative trips in the Northern forests, I will publish a few photos from the trips made into the silent solitude. Spending time alone in nature is great itself, but catching and cooking fresh game at campfire kitchen makes the trips even more effective. During the hunting trips, especially during the long nights, I have time to think about the ancestors who spent their whole lives in the wilderness. Without the modern equipment I’m able to use. By the aid of these trips I can superficially touch the roots of humanity, and I feel great respect to my ancestors. And from these complex and extensive roots, from the competition and cooperation of the tribes and cultures, emerged our cozy modern home. Happy
Finland‘s Independence Day as well!
Let’s go! The glowing distant hill was my temporal home. Easy scouting π Everything you need to spent a few winter days in forest Finally found a good spot for the camp. A hazel grouse catch I got next day. Me and my hazel grouse catch. Golden morning sun. The hazel grouse is ready for cooking. The meat and onions catch the smoke aroma from the campfire, delicious! Flaming sweet cognac. Delicious hazel grouse dinner cooked at campfire π Ah, a cup of hot coffee in cold forest. Hard to describe how good the little everyday things feel in the cold forest. I also saw a couple of black grouses, but they were not allowed to hunt at the time. Sorry about the bad image taken through the binoculars. I found tracks of a lynx chasing a hare. This is the first time I use these WordPress galleries. Hopefully they work and you can see the images π These photos are from my latest trip. This year the hazel grouse hunting season was pretty long, so I managed to enjoy the snowy sights during the trip.
The black grouse I stalked over night. Read the gallery description! Cooking the black grouse at campfire. Another black grouse I got. I lured this one close to me by mimicking their sounds. A reconstruction how I shot the black grouse. I used the timer and put my phone on a pine branch to take these photos π More game birds to cook at campfire. During one trip I found this funny little voodoo cottage. I went in and dried my socks for a while. These photos were taken during the last season. I managed to catch a couple black grouses, and oh boy they were delicious! It is a funny story how I got the other black grouse. I came to the forest during an evening, and my hunting license started the next day. I climbed on to a little hill and listened the silent evening. Suddenly, a flock of black grouses flew in the pines around me. I stayed still until it was pitch dark, and I slowly sneaked back to my tent. I memorized the position of one of the grouses. My tent was so close the grouses that I knew I should wake up if they leave. But during the night I didn’t hear nothing. During the darkness of the dawn, I took my gun and sneaked close to the grouse. In the blue darkness I scanned the pine up and down with my binoculars, but didn’t see the bird. When there was enough light to resolve colors a little, I spotted a black object near the brown trunk. It was the black grouse behind the trunk! At the same time the grouse spotted me, it was going to jump in the air soon. I quickly draw my shotgun and shot it down. And so I got the grouse, a very exciting experience!