Finally there are some pictures from Maud's recent
adventure in Norway. Check for "updates" at our website and click "new pick's
from Norway", then Birk, Norway - 07 and Foxy, Norway-07. There is only a
capture to the pick's of Foxy and there is a reason to this, as I suspected
several weeks ago when I received short text messages from Maud. She never
mentioned the other dogs in the messages but only Foxy. The grouse were already
white while the ground was black and hence the birds were very nervous and
difficult for the dogs. Old Foxy with her vast experience was the only one
able to create usable situations and only now and then.
The particular place in Norway Maud goes to, are
the hunting grounds of her host Birk' s ( Foxy's son and Briz
brother) owner with family. She has been invited to them for a number of
years but since the grouse population has been down for as many years Maud has
not bothered to pay the high cost for a foreigner to hunt in Norway. The cost
per bagged bird would be too high. They have this year, since the grouse
population is finally increasing, solved the problem by taking Maud's
camera and giving her their gun at suitable moments. There is more than one way
to skin a cat or to fool a legislation!
Anyway, since the population of grouse has improved
so much this year it is not out of question that next autumn will be a really
good grouse year and if so Maud is prepared
to pay the cost for hunting in Norway.
The Norwegians are somewhat funny people. If
somebody wants to hunt on their land he or she really have to pay an arm and a
leg to get permission to do so, but when the Norwegians come to Sweden they most
often just cross the border, pay nothing but poach and clean the mountains of
any birds and then withdraw back home and sell most of their birds to
restaurants and such places. Norwegians are very fit, they have the best of dogs
and they know how to shoot so they can clean a place in no time at all. This is
not slander from my part but a well-known fact!
However, I know the style since it is about the
same we have on my native island, the Aland islands. People living close to
nature often only learn to collect for themselves. They do not know what
the words "giving" or "sharing" means )) Or "you got to get the getting
while the getting is good".
On the other hand, if I do not have to make
business with the Norwegians, I like them very much! They are never boring, they
are never bewildered but always have a solution to any problem they might
encounter. They lack almost everything of the decadence that can
be found in big cities and further south in Europe and they can drive the
Greenpeace into insanity!
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