Nov 01 2007

Cultivation

Published by at 7:16 pm under Catching Animals

Regardless of what you do, you will have an effect on you surroundings. I think this way: If you take lots of small game, you also need to kill a few of their predators in order to maintain the resource base you depend on. Another point is that for example the fox is in a fully functioning natural environment, taken by the wolf in quite large numbers. The disappearance of the wolf has not only made small game more rare and made large game overabundant in areas, but has changed the natural composition of species. It is probably one of the major reasons why the arctic fox has disappeared almost entirely in Scandinavia, due to competition from the bigger red fox.

I have yet to try burning undergrowth to promote better conditions for food production, but I have an idea on how to do it safely. In earlier times you could pretty much do it whenever you wanted, but of course, now you will be prosecuted if things get a little out of hand. In early spring, when the snow still is a major factor in the landscape, you can burn the bare spots without fear of it spreading, since any snow will halt a small fire’s progress.

Fish is overabundant in much of Norway. Brown trout is the most desirable fish specie in most areas and I commonly transplant fish from one location to another, sometimes to boost a thin population and sometimes to start a new colony where there are no fish. Fish them as carfully as possible, gill nets are not recommended, since they will rip of a lot of scales. Fish traps work wonderfully for this. Put them in a container with fresh water in and carry them to location. If the trip is long, you will have to change the water of the fish every now and then. Especially in the summer, when the water is hot and the oxygen levels are low. I had no waterproof natural container this time, so I used a large, empty water bottle. Natural container alternatives include washed stommachs, birch bark buckets etc… All of these pictures contain fish, though not so easy to see. The first one is of the fish in the bottle along with the trap, in the second I’m releasing the fish and the third the fish is swimming away.

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Please, if you don’t know the area very well, don’t do this. You may and probably will spread around unwanted species in your will to do good. The energy you spend doing this will probably be well rewarded. If the growth conditions are good in the lake you put them, you are likely to collect big and fat fish at a later date. Yummy!

Regards
Torjus

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