Bird hunt

In the vast wilderness of Swedish Lapland

Bird hunt

In the vast wilderness of Swedish Lapland

Bird hunt

Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus, Nordguide

Capercaillie 

Tetrao urogallus

The Capercaillie also known as heather Cock or Wood grouse is a member of the grouse family and well known for its mating display.
The Capercaillie is one of Sweden´s largest birds, the male can have a wingspan of 125 cm and weigh up to 5 kg.
The hen is almost half the size usually 55-65cm long weighing 1,5-2,5 kg with a wingspan of 70 cm.

The diet consists of leaves, buds and insects and during winter mainly conifer needles. Blueberries are also important in the Capercaillies diet.
The courting ritual of the Capercaillie is very charismatic and can be heard in spring through-out the forests of Lapland, Sweden.
This sound starts early in the morning with the male displaying and giving of a sound like tapping to wooden sticks together and gradually faster and faster changing into a clunking sound (like a bottle being opened). It finally turns into a scraping sound like sharpening a tool.
It is truly a breathtaking experience seeing and hearing the Capercaillies courting ritual.

The capercaillie is usually found in older pine tree forests and the population in Sweden is quite steady.

Hunting the Capercaillie is done with free running dogs (or is this working dogs?) that hold the birds at bay, pointer dogs and in the winter by stalking.
The season starts the 25 August until the 15 November. Between 15 November until 31 January only cooks are allowed to shoot.

Capercaillie stalk hunt with working spitz-dogs 

Traditional bird hunting in pristine wilderness

Capercaillie stalk hunt with working spitz-dogs 

Traditional bird hunting in pristine wilderness

“Birdhunting adventures in the vast wilderness of Swedish Lapland”

 

Capercaillie Winter stalk hunting adventure

Extreme hunting with cross country-skiing and long-range rifles in the pristine wilderness of Swedish Lapland

Capercaillie Winter stalk hunting adventure

Extreme hunting with cross country-skiing and long-range rifles in the pristine wilderness of Swedish Lapland

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Black grouse Tetrao tetrix, Nordguide

Black grouse 

Tetrao tetrix

The Black grouse is a colourful game bird and the male bird is easy to recognize by its split tail.

The male is black and has a red eye brow while the female is more greyish and willow-brown to the colour.
It is one of Sweden’s largest birds as the male can reach 60 cm in length and have a wing span of 80 cm.

The black grouse can be found through-out Sweden and reside on wetlands and in the birch forests.
Black grouse’s diet consist of leaves, seeds and insects. During winter it mainly eats birch buds and spends its time under the snow when not feeding.

The black grouse is famous for its spectacular courtships.
In the spring their characteristic sounds fill the forests of Lapland.

We hunt black grouse with pointers and free running spitz dogs that holds the birds at bay, calling/luring and extreme cross country stalk-hunting.
The season runs from 25 August until 15 November. Between 15 November until 31 January only cocks are available to shoot.

Black grouse Winter stalk hunting adventure

Extreme hunting with cross country-skies and longe-range rifles in the pristine wilderness of Swedish Lapland

Black grouse Winter stalk hunting adventure

Extreme hunting with cross country-skies and longe-range rifles in the pristine wilderness of Swedish Lapland

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Ptarmigans Lagopus muta, Nordguide

Willow grouse & Ptarmigan 

Lagopus lagopus &  Lagopus muta

The willow grouse and ptarmigan are from the grouse family Is most commonly found in moorlands or birch forests and fells.
The average willow grouse measures about 35cm in length and has a wing-span of between 55 – 66 cm, the ptarmigan is slightly smaller.
The body shape is round with a tall neck, small head and short dark beak.
The male willow grouse is red-brown with white and black patches and a white belly.
The female is more speckled and she only has a thin red line over her eyes as compared to the thicker male wattles.

During winter both the male and female change their plumage to completely white to avoid predators.

The willow grouse feeds on plants and insects and nest on directly on the ground.
The female lays 6 – 11 brown speckled egg every year and the willow grouse/ ptarmigan is the only species in the grouse family where both parents help with the young.

We hunt willow grouse and ptarmigan with pointers in forest lands and the mountains of Lapland, Sweden. During the winter, we hunt in the mountains using skies, white clothes and fine calibre rifles. When we have good snow conditions we can also hunt with pointers during the winter period.
The season runs from 25 August until 15 March. For a winter hunt, we recommend to book your hunt from 15 February-15 March.

Ptarmigan and willow grouse stalk-hunt 

An amazing stalk-hunting adventure in the mountains of Swedish Lapland

Ptarmigan and willow grouse stalk-hunt 

An amazing stalk-hunting adventure in the mountains of Swedish Lapland

Bird hunting in Swedish Lapland

“Since 1995, we have created tailor made hunting safaris. Our goal is to find the very best hunting grounds in Sweden’s vast wilderness. This is the natural habitat for the most elusive game in the world. A true challenge for every hunter”

Tommy Holmberg

  • Black grouse and capercaillie, Nordguide

    Black grouse and capercaillie, Nordguide

    Bird hunting in Swedish Lapland
  • Finnish spitz dog barking for capercaillie,Nordguide

    Finnish spitz dog barking for capercaillie,Nordguide

    photo cr Byron Pace
  • Jeff Johnstons capercaillie, Nordguide

    Jeff Johnstons capercaillie, Nordguide

    Bird hunting in Swedish Lapland
  • Jeff Johnston with Black-grouse,nordguide

    Jeff Johnston with Black-grouse,nordguide

    Black grouse in October
  • Sauer XTC and Zeiss working tools in the mountains Nordguide

    Sauer XTC and Zeiss working tools in the mountains Nordguide

    Capercaillie and black grouse
  • Blackgrouse in pine,nordguide

    Blackgrouse in pine,nordguide

    winter stalk-hunt,nordguide
  • Hazel-hen,nordguide

    Hazel-hen,nordguide

    Calling for hazel hen,nordguide
  • Capercaillie close up,nordguide

    Capercaillie close up,nordguide

    winter stalk-hunt,nordguide

Bespoke hunts over pointers in the pristine mountains of Swedish Lapland

Exclusive hunts over pointers in the vast mountain areas of Swedish Lapland

Bespoke hunts over pointers in the pristine mountains of Swedish Lapland

Exclusive hunts over pointers in the vast mountain areas of Swedish Lapland

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Hazelhen, Bonasa bonasia Nordguide

Hazel Hen

Bonasa bonasia

The hazel hen is the smallest in the grouse family.
It has a wingspan of about 48-54cm with a brown speckled body and grey top.
The hazel hen is found in Scandinavia, Russia, China and Japan and sometimes in other parts of Northern Europe.

The hazel hen is a very stationary bird and doesn’t flock in winter like many other grouse-birds.
It is usually found on the ground in pine forests and can be hard to spot.
The diet consists of sprouts, leaves, insects and larvae.

The hazel hen is hunted through stalk hunt and by calling in Lapland, Sweden. The season runs from 25August until 15 November.

Hazel hen Stalk-hunts in Swedish Lapland

Calling for hazel-hen in the vast wilderness of Swedish Lapland

Hazel hen Stalk-hunts in Swedish Lapland

Calling for hazel-hen in the vast wilderness of Swedish Lapland

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Bespoke bird hunting programs in Swedish Lapland

“NordGuide offers one of Lapland, Sweden’s broadest and most advanced hunting programs, where quality and professionalism are the keywords. We have lifelong experience of hunting and our well-trained guides are a professional guarantee of a successful adventure. Our programme offers exclusive hunting grounds all over Lapland, Sweden with a high standard of accommodation and generous range of alternative activities. Naturally we can help you turn your hunting dreams into reality.”

Tommy Holmberg

Accomodation & Haute cuisine of Swedish Lapland

“REGARDLESS IF YOU CHOOSE TO STAY IN A WOOD HEATED HUNTING CABIN OR IN A LUXURY CHARLET WE COMBINE YOUR STAY WITH SELECTED WINES AND LOCALLY SOURCED FOOD WITH LOCAL FLAVOUR-HAUTE CUISINE OF SWEDISH LAPLAND”

  • Margaux in the hunting cabin Nordguide

    Margaux in the hunting cabin Nordguide

    A glas of wine in front of the fireplace
  • Kalix caviar and champange Nordguide

    Kalix caviar and champange Nordguide

    Kalix caviar and champange Nordguide
  • Oysters on the glacier-rocks before  the sauna

    Oysters on the glacier-rocks before the sauna

    Nordguide serves Oysters on the glacier-rocks before the sauna
  • Dinner inside the hunting camp

    Dinner inside the hunting camp

    Camp Årrenjarka
  • Camp, årrenjarka, nordguide

    Camp, årrenjarka, nordguide

    Briefing before the tested to the edge event
  • Hunting cabin, nordguide

    Hunting cabin, nordguide

    Moose hunting cabin
  • A buef of Moose,nordguide

    A buef of Moose,nordguide

    After a long days hunt we serve a Buef of moose primerib
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