Sep 13 2010

Reindeer Hunting

Published by at 12:01 am under Expeditions and Experiences

Since last time I have been a bit here and there, but primarily been hunting wild reindeer. The population now is quite good and there are plenty of herds about. Thus have I with relatively little effort (compared with the last couple of years) shot two.

One was a female. I have my own particular way of skinning and butchering. I always skin the belly and sides before gutting, since this is made more difficult if done the other way around. This is particularily important with bigger animals, where the skin sits more firmly.

The other was a calf. Displayed here by Nerius, one of several people that visited me during the hunt. I don’t release the skin from the head and hooves until I’m at the camp as the skin facilitates easier carrying in a way I’ll reveal in a book at some point.

The head was slowly grilled and was absolutely delicious. Head stew is great, but for this you don’t need a container.

We fried stommach fat, liver, kidneys and blood filled stommachs on a hot rock. A very rich meal!

Unfortunately some hunters don’t care for taking more than the legs (not always all of them even…) and maybe the tenderloins. Almost none take with them the skin and the heads. This practise helps increase the already big problem of medium sized predators keeping the small game population at a permanently low level.

Since fat is generally far more calorie rich than meat and all of that is usually thrown away, a normal hunter wastes approximately half the calories on every animal they shoot. These hunters throw away approximately half the meat as well, leaving something close to 3/4 of the calories in the mountains…

Regards
Torjus

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Reindeer Hunting”

  1. Deus Ex Machinaon 13 Sep 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Nice catch. I am glad to see that there are others who use as much as they can of the animals they kill.

  2. Norbyon 14 Sep 2010 at 3:54 am

    I’m so jealous

  3. Janne@LapplandTimeson 19 Sep 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Torjus! (sounds Finnish:)
    Just found this page through another blog and it looks very interesting. Sounds like a real meat feast you had there! Yesterday, we had our first moose for this season. Delicious! Nothing is better than meat of animals that lived in the wild. 🙂 Keep it up!

  4. skoton 25 Sep 2010 at 11:13 am

    Its amazin that you are bring up the topic of wasted animals, in such a throw away society people usually have this romantic idea that hunters use everything.
    great photos and text, really look forward to your first book in what ever ahape size form or language. How industrial reindeer drying worked perfect now have 20 for sale near stockholm. sold 2 already without even trying.
    did you or would you be able to post information on how best methods of tanning reindeer, you explained to me one of the sami ways to me in tronheim, but dont fully remember, been talking to brum a bit as well, but would love your version written down.
    also going to try and make reindeer winter boots with the legs i saved.
    hope you are well and still living the dream
    got a tannery set up here now come visit if you can ever leave norway
    very intrested in the new proposed project

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