A trophy bull moose pictured at feeding place
With the yearly bag being around 65.000, Moose is by far the most hunted ungulate in Finland. Most common hunting methods are driven hunt, either with beaters or moosehounds, or using stopping moosehound. With Finnhunting, You have a chance to try any of these traditional hunting methods accompanied by experienced guides in areas with healthy population of moose.
Management of moose population is based on good distribution of feeding places and correct selection in hunting based on age and gender.
A hunter has been lucky in draw of posts
Driven hunting for moose in the Finnish forest is group hunting at its best. After a hearty breakfast, a normal huntingday starts with a briefing and draw of posts. As hunters are dropped to their posts, dogs and beaters are waiting for the starting signal and after a short wait you start to hear barking as well trained moosehound puts animals on the move.
If you are lucky, soon you hear branches snapping as the moose moves closer to the line of hunters. Stopping every now and then to listen and smell the air, only to be pushed forward by the dog. Moose have excellent senses and can often locate hunters before a good shot is possible. On a normal huntingday we have 3-4 well prepared drives so every hunter will have a fair chance of bagging this great game animal.
Hunting of moose with a stopping moosehound
Compared to driven hunting, hunting with a stopping moosehound is more individual or for a small group of 3-4 hunters.
When hunting with stopping moosehound, the idea is to wait until the dog has located and stopped the moose, meanwhile hunters will be waiting at meeting place and track dogs movement with GPS system.
As the hound stops the moose, one hunter approaches it within shooting distance. Other hunters, if they are not approaching other moose will be put to posts at favorable places in case the moose moves.
This way of hunting moose is highly exciting and requires much skill from the dog, as well as the guide and the hunter. Shooting distances can be anything from 10 to 200 meters.