Whitetails were first imported to Finland from Minnesota in 1934. From that one buck and his four does, the population has grown massively and these days the annual harvest is over 20,000 animals. We live in the heart of the Finnish whitetail area and therefore whitetail hunting is closest to our hearts. Ville took the
Last winter I spent three months all alone in a small cabin close to the lake Skjækervatnet in Northern Norway. I was hired as a trapper and had to live off what the mountains provided. My two Gordon Setters and I hunted and trapped small game for fur and ate whatever we hunted and fished.
“This was a huge challenge…was it possible to survive?”
From December to March I had to deal with the bitter cold, total darkness, and voracious storms. But this was also a big motivation. I wanted to see whether I could learn how to deal with nature under these conditions.
I spent so many days working hard, freezing, and being hungry but gradually the days got longer and warmer. Finally, when February arrived I realised that I would make it – I would survive the winter. I had managed to live with the storms and the cold. I had fed myself and the dogs for three months.
Sitting on a mountain top at the end of the project I was overwhelmed by a feeling I had never felt before. It’s impossible to feel that way when living in civilisation.
This winter I will try to do something similar, in some other place.
You are welcome to follow me on my journey!
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