My name is Filip Örnerkrans
I am a gunmaker since many years and I am a very active hunter.
I have been working with guns and hunting
during the last thirty years.
I have chosen to settle in Swedish highland province of Jämtland
have access to the mountains and to the hunting forms that follows.
Over time the love for the mountains has only grown stronger.
And now I find myself here, in the midst of Norwegian mountains
about to go reindeer hunting.
Wild reindeer in Norway
it doesn't get any better than this.
Since it's time to cross the boarder to Norway
we need to go throug customs but,
this will go quickly
so we'll shortly be on the move again.
Here you have the papers.
I think we'll have a blast
Have a nice day!
Maybe you are wondering
why the normal host Jompen isn't here driving this car
on his way towards this fantastic experience but
the simple fact of the matter is that Jompen isnt strong enough to do this. He simply hasn't put in the effort needed
to master these mountains.
fantastic mountain peaks.
We will be hunting at 4500 to 6250 feet
We will be sleeping in our tents and it will be cold.
We will have strong winds and rough mountain weather.
And if we shoot a reindeer
we will have to carry
everything out of there.
120 pounds on my back
is definitely demanding.
Sorry Jompen, work hard until next year and you will be welcome to join.
Boys! Nice to see you!
Thanks for last time!
It was a good while back. The years take its toll.
But not on you. You look fit!
Well, the season has been going for a while now so I've lost the worst.
Good for you and now you will have to take us on
perhaps a painful journey.
Welcome to my kingdom!
But first a nice night indoors with some good food and drinks.
We need to bunk up with plenty of energy.
If you look over there.
You mean the highest peak?
That top you see is just over 3600 feet
and yesterday there was snow up there.
Right now we are around 2000 feet.
We will be hunting from 4000 feet
We might go as high as 6560 feet.
You know I'm use to be in the mountains and I am used to heavy loads
but this is definitely something else.
It's a damn big difference on the mountains here compared to home for sure
it will definitely be a proper challenge!
Tonight we will make the plans
and take the final decisions.
When looking at the map
and awaiting information from friends who are up in the mountains now.
We will spend som hours walking.
But it will be in very nice terrain. Incredibly nice.
We will be hunting in an area called
Snohetta East but we will see the Snohetta peak.
So we wont see it? Oh! yes, we will see it.
We will walk quite close and it is in the meddle of the hunting area.
So, now we are finally at Helges place.
I've been ordered to unpack everything because
Helge wants to check it out.
I actually think it is quite heavy.
But on the other hand it might have its natural explanations.
So Helge, you are the professional. I have brought
extra clothes, sleeping bag, tent
What do you think?
What kind of clothes will you be hunting in?
I was planning to go in this.
Cotton outdoor pants. They breathe well
They are nice to move in, but
the disadvantage is that I probably
need rain garment in addition.
Apart from that I really like this type of clothes.
Personally I would have chosen membrane clothes
even though it isn't as comfortable to walk in when it gets warm
you are always well equipped for any kind of weather.
You can handle heavy winds,
you can handle rain and you can wade over rivers,
because there will be some river crossings.
If you will be wearing cotton clothes and we get rough conditions
you most certainly need rain garment.
Looking at your headlight I would only choose the best one.
I also see you have eight batteries and you don't need that many.
Keep the batteries that you have in the lamp
and make sure you have one extra set of fresh ones.
Then you have spares enough.
You have four pairs of gloves?
Well, mittens ar really nice to have if we get cold and snow
Ok, but which pair is the best one?
The ones that handles wind and are warm enough?
Ok, the you only take those and leave the rest.
They are gone.
These don't weigh much and neither does these.
But there is quite a lot of volume here.
Remember that we aim to shoot several reindeer
and this takes some of the space wee need for meat.
Is this your ear protection?
Well not really but you know
when in the tent and the wind gets hard it's really nice
to just relax and listen to some music
but you know
they are really nice! The cut out sound and...
These ones will have to go!
Are you really sure?
Ok, I'll leve them out then.
Let's get down to the crub. Here I have freeze dried food and
and I have calculated it to be enough for five days and then
we have breakfast with bread and some extra power bars
and some additional stuff. What do you think about that?
This is absolutely perfect
as a principle we don't carry water.
Water we will find in the mountains.
You will probably find the purest water in Scandinavia up there.
So you got the dry food
and the bars. Lots of energy!
It has small volume
so.. all in all thumbs up for the things you have packed.
Have you got two knives with you? No I've goth three!
You have three? Yes! I have this one as well.
This on is always handy.
"Nice to have" is a No Go when reindeer hunting.
There are only room for "Must Haves".
Hm, ok but then I will choose
this one. It is the lightest one
and it has a gutter blade and it is a nice skinning knife.
and two first layer sweaters. Yep, that is good.
I also have a reinforcement down jacket.
Here I have a first aid kit and abrasions patches
and I have... something we call
snögg and it is a
I have blood stopper,
Extra matches, compass and tape for wounds
and headache pills and some
stomach medicine because you can get quite
weird from all the freeze dried food.
I use these intimate napkins instead of toilet paper.
It's actually far better
and helps keeping a descent hygiene
and it isn't as rough as your normal paper.
In addition it doesnt take as much space in the back pack.
So consider this a serious tip if you are going for a longer hunting trip.
So this is what I wont bring.
But.. are you really sure that I can't bring my blue tooth head set?
I have never been more sure about anything in my life!
Yes ! Now we are
finally on our way.
So we will be walking in that direction.
aproximately how far is it to where
we will set our tents?
Today we will walk about 4,5 miles
before we put up our tents. Because now
is before the transition period starts which means we have to go in there
to be on the hunting terrain.
After the start of the transition period we could start hunting
directly from here. But since
it hasen't started we have to walk to the hunting area.
I am a little insecure about the altimeters but it will be a few hundred feet ascent.
About a 1000 feet. Yes and
about two and a half hours walking time with full packs.
That's a snug fit.
Perfect tasting mountain water!
On the ridge you see over there.
And then it is the ridge just
just behind the lake you see there.
Okay, there I see it and that is the one we see to the right over there.
And then .. you follow it towards the snow on that top
Yes and the boarder runs along that ridge.
So we will be going up on the other side of that?
Not really we will be on the inside of that so that we will have
that mountain to our side we are on the boarder.
Mmm, that is
towards that top then
were we will put up our tents.
Ehh.. well... just in under if you say it like that.
Lets aim for that one and we'll see how it goes.
Those guys are crossing way to far up the stream.
This is were we have to go over.
Oh! this is magically beautifull!
This is paradise for a mountain hunter
I can tell you!
It was a easier hike in than I expected but,
we are going over those
mountains in the distance and as you see
it is everything but
easy terrain ahead.
This something you will be seeing us doing a lot of during this trip.
The binocular is the mountain hunters best friend.
Without it will be extremely hard to
find anything at all actually. You will need lots of luck
to see an animal with the naked eye.
So a good pair of binoculars is
definitively a must have.
We have now reached the hunting area
the boarder line is a bit down below us
which means that we now ar within the legal hunting area
so if we find the animal we are looking for
it is ok to try to get a shot at it.
We have been getting some interesting reports on our way in.
There aren't that many animals in this area
but three bucks has been
really nice big bucks apparently and we
and we have what is called a "free" tag which gives us permission
to shoot a big buck.
We have high hopes to do that. The wind
is blowing from the south and will continue to do so during the following days and the reindeer
as a main rule always goes towards the wind.
We are simply calculating that the reindeer will
move into this area from the north
since the wind is southerly.
The magic hour. The blue hour.
It gives us the best light conditions to find the reindeer.
A lot of hunters throws in the towel way to early an goes home
but in light conditions such as these it is absolutely the easiest time
to find them.
The low evening sun makes the pelt glimmer
and the shadow cast by the animal makes it easier to
This means that we will hunt for at least one more hour
before we set camp and
get a good nights sleep.
Ready for a new day.
So consequently, is there any particular time during a day
that you really prefer to hunt?
Well, I would say mornings and evenings
because ehh... it is
I do hunt during the whole day so I do but
I also take som pauses during the day and I easily take a nap
during the middle of the day if
the weather is nice and it's warm enough
the reindeer are most often very calm and has bedded down
during the middle of the day.
They are like Jack in the box
you can look and look over
a flat area like this and there is nothing.
There ar no animals here.
Suddenly a heard of twenty appear
who has been bedded down just behind
a small hill.
It doesn't take much for them to stay out of sight.
Absolutely so and especially
if it is just a few animals.
If there are a hundred reindeer or more
it definitely is easier to detect them
but even a heard that large bedded down can be
extremely well camouflaged.
It is an animal that has adapted very well during evolution.
Yes and they have a set of colors that blends in perfectly in
in this terrain and the colors of the land.
Even if it looks
, the landscape below look extremely flat.
But it is apparent, especially in this low light
that you can see all the variations of the surface.
All the small valleys and little hills that are actually there.
There are a lot of places for them to hide in.
It has been a...
a really long first day.
We started early with a lot of driving to get to
the area that we planned to hunt.
a long hike up
When we had done just over four miles
I thought we were at the camp site.
Then we did another four hours of hiking.
it has been hard and it will be such a relief to
crawl into the tent and the sleeping bag
after a hot meal.
The temperature has dropped significantly
as soon as the sun diapered but we have had a really nice warm day
but now its really cold and we will have sub zero degrees during the night.
We know there are animals in this area but...
the big heards are not here.
Never the less we have high hopes
the animals will move in
from the north and perhaps
from the east.
a beautiful camp site
in the middle of
the Norwegian mountains.
Time for som crub! I am insanely hungry!
We have hiked a crazy distance today! Damned!
It's the first day and I am supposed to cope
four more days.
And that crayzy
Norwegian mountain goat Helge...
he will break me before this is over.
This is unbelievable cozy
We have found the perfect camp site.
We are close to water. We have a flat
perfect spot for the tent.
It's just a magical tent and it's
even good enoug for Jompen
would be able to sleep here tonight.