Bear Season Underway in Sweden
A Swedish news outlet reports that hunters killed nearly 50 Eurasian brown bears on the first day of Bear Season.
Sweden has a long history of bear hunting dating back to the 1300s. However, the government began regulating hunting in 1913 to restrict the number of bears hunters could cull. At the time, the population hovered around 130. According to NordeGuide, an estimated 3,500-4,000 brown bears live in Sweden today.
Bear hunting season typically lasts from late August to mid-October, or until the quota is full. NordeGuide said Sweden typically issues 250-300 licenses a year, and that hunts happen using dogs, in stands, or with stalking.
You can find a comprehensive guide to the Swedish government requirements for conducting a bear hunt (or other types of hunts) here.
If you’re considering a bear-hunting trip in Sweden, a quick Google search brings up a number of guides. For a fee, they will handle the entire licensing process and make sure you’re set up with the proper gear.
The Local also reported on a Day-1 bear mauling. The outlet said that a bear bit the victim on the head and upper torso. Nearby hunters shot and killed the bear, and the man has been hospitalized for his injuries.
According to the news outlet, the entire hunting party may face criminal charges for breaking laws concerning how a hunt may be conducted:
Brown bears do not typically demonstrate aggressive behavior. However, they can become aggressive. Typically, this only happens around human food, or if they feel that you are a threat to their cubs. This video shows how a Swedish man was able to fend off a brown bear without using any weapons:
Jeremy Mallette is co-founder of International Sportsman, and an avid hunter and outdoorsman. His father taught him to shoot at age six, and he received his first firearm at age eight — a 1942 Colt Commando .38 special revolver. Jeremy enjoys collecting unique firearms, and shooting them.