Welcome to our world
My journey into the world of hunting began the same way it has for so many other hunters – long days sitting on a rucksack beside my dad, feeling cold and tired. But ever since shooting my first deer at 11 or 12 years old, I’ve been hooked. I believe that the reason I haven’t lost interest or got bored is because each day of hunting offers something new, and no two situations are the same. And there’s more: hunting captures your emotions – once that shot has been fired, everything is for real and there is no turning back.
I started to market hunting trips more than a decade ago under the name of Fjelljakt. The idea has always been to package hunting experiences in which we are responsible for the entire trip, from arrival to departure. Our hunt philosophy is based upon the Swedish traditional hunting method in which I was raised, as well as impressions left by all the international hunts I have participated in.
We have an organisation that involves around 15 people during the hunting season; the people and companies we work with are all carefully selected for their expertise and feeling for quality. Our 16,500 hectares are situated on the Norwegian border in west Jämtland, not far from Åre.
Respecting the game we hunt is very important to me, and we place high requirements on hunting ethics and morals. We must strive for a “fair hunt”, at the same time as we want to offer a spectacular experience in which every situation offers a challenge. Our hunts are physically demanding, so when the day is over you’ll have earned your gourmet dinner.
Fjelljakt has been selected for Magic Safari Lodges – a guide that includes only the best hunt outfitters from around the world. We are proud to be featured, as it demonstrates that that our way of working with hunting is right on target. Our model is appreciated.
I am incredibly privileged to have made this journey, to work professionally with hunting and to have the opportunity to hunt in Sweden and abroad. But this journey has in no way come to an end, as I am always looking for new hunting challenges and Fjelljakt is constantly developing. Perhaps your journey will bring you to us and, if it does, we will do our best to make your experience a memorable one…
We know that the right conditions for a successful hunt include solid knowledge of the landscape in which we work and of the game we hunt. It is also necessary to have a great deal of experience and, not least, good dogs. After many years as a hunt outfitter, we feel we can claim to possess a great deal of knowledge, but we remain humble about hunting, much of which is done on nature’s terms.
We hunt moose on 15,000 contiguous hectares of private, roadless mountain terrain. The animals migrate to Norway during the winter, where the warmer Atlantic coast offers good winter grazing. During the spring they return to calve and enjoy the lush, quiet summer grazing in the mountains. Our hunting grounds have an exceptionally good moose population, not least large bulls; an annual harvest of more than 50 animals describes the size of the population. Moose hunting starts on the first Monday of September.
Driven moose hunts
For a successful driven hunt, the group should be around 10 people. Depending on the wind and weather, we may choose to hunt with the dogs loose or leashed, or a combination of the two. The dog handlers and the dogs drive the moose towards the waiting guns. If we choose to hunt with unleashed dogs, the hunters may have the chance to stalk up to where the dog is holding the moose at bay by barking. We strive to hunt in several areas each day, so that the hunters do not have to wait too long. We have around 120 shooting positions on our grounds, with no need for high seats as all the positions are beautifully located with excellent views.
Traditional moose hunts
Our most exclusive hunting product is our 1+1 hunt with a barking dog; you and a guide hunt alone over large area. The dog searches widely to locate a moose, and when it makes contact it barks rhythmically to hold the moose at bay. When the situation feels stable and the dog has good control, we can start to cautiously approach. Sometimes this may be from a distance of several kilometres and take a long time. The aim is to get close enough to assess the moose and fire a safe shot. Few types of hunting provide such an adrenaline boost, as sometimes you get so close you can hear the moose breathing.
Game bird hunting
Hunting Grouse using pointing dogs is an old, traditional hunting method that was introduced to Great Britain and the continent in the early to mid-1800s. In the Swedish mountains, grouse hunting has been conducted with pointing dogs since ancient times. Medstugan, the hunting lodge that is the base of our operations, has been a popular place for game bird hunts for over a century; it even has a special outbuilding that was constructed for hanging the shot grouse. This outbuilding is still in use and now has special preservation status.
We offer grouse hunts using pointing dogs. Hunting takes place on the open mountainsides or in the surrounding forests of mountain birch. We can host groups of varying sizes, but to 2-3 people per guide during the hunt is ideal. This hunting method requires a great deal of walking in the mountains, but the breathtaking views mean you soon forget that you are also getting some exercise.
Grouse hunting is very sociable, as you have time to chat during the day; it is only in bird situations that discipline and a cool head are necessary. The hunting season starts on 25 August and we recommend two to three days of hunting.
Our Hunting Lodge
The Medstugan hunting lodge was built by Carl Fredrik Liljevalch in 1896-97, and was drawn by the architect Agi Lindegren; it is located at the heart of our 16,500 hectares and is the starting point for our hunts. Over the years, Medstugan has attracted both royalty and foreign big game hunters and there is a real sense of hunting tradition in Medstugan’s walls – hunters have stayed here for over a century and a trophy cabinet bears witness to how hunting was conducted in the early 1900s. In the morning, after breakfast, we depart from this from incredible piece of history either on foot or by helicopter.
Breakfast and dinner are eaten in one of our two dining rooms. The day’s hunting stories are best told around the fire in the drawing room, while the lodge’s sauna is wonderful for relaxing in after an exciting and demanding hunt.
To make the most of the day, we usually eat lunch out on the hunt, or in one our hunting cabins. As we believe that food and drink are an important part of the overall experience, so they are presented in more detail below “a culinary experience”.
We have two hunting cabins on our land in addition to Medstugan. These are more basic but remain welcoming, with wood-burners and outside toilets. Meals are delivered daily, so you can enjoy high-class food that our chef prepared at the lodge. It is possible to hunt grouse and ptarmigan right up to the eaves of the cabins – and you won’t find accommodation that’s closer to nature or the hunt!
It takes less than 90 minutes to drive to Medstugan from Östersund airport and less than two hours from Trondheim airport.
A culinary experience
Moose, grouse, trout, reindeer, mushrooms and berries… the list could be even longer, but this one describes the food sourced from our region. And not only are these fantastic ingredients that will take you on a culinary journey through our hunting grounds, this also means we can guarantee that only the best quality food makes it to your plate.
We believe that food and drink are extremely important parts of the overall hunt experience. Not least, they provide pleasure after a hard day’s hunting with good friends, but they also give us the satisfaction of knowing that we use what we shoot, making the very most of it. For us, it is also a way of respecting the game we hunt.
Our chef not only prepares the food, he also butchers the meat and fishes for the trout that is served on your plate. It all comes down to quality, flavour and presentation, all areas in which our chef is incredibly thorough.
Of course, no dinner is complete without drinks that are specially selected to complement the food. Our sommelier chooses wines based upon our menus; we have some classics on the wine list, but we emphasise discovering new and exciting wines that can enhance the overall taste experience.
As hunting outfitters, we are proud to present culinary experiences that can compete with many award-winning restaurants.
“Fjelljakt was a natural choice for membership of Magic Safari Lodges due to its long tradition of hunting and experienced hunting guides. Fjelljakt offers exclusive and unique prime hunting land, with a superb lodge that has hosted royalty and visiting hunters for more than a century. What could we expect other than the best?”
We are pleased to welcome Fjelljakt to the club.
It all started in 1999, when a hunting and fishing globetrotter named Bruno van Marcke started a club to share information on the world’s best lodges, rivers and reserves. The club grew quickly, and in 2003 the first Magic Safari Lodges guide was published. Members of the Magic Safari Lodges Club distributed more than 5000 copies all over the world, and the following year the Magic Safari Lodges website was launched.
Today, the club brings together more than 10.000 members. In 2008, 20000 copies of the guide have been produced. Yet even as it continues to grow, the club remains true to its original purpose: to create long term relationships between dedicated sportsmen and the world’s elite hunting and fishing lodges. Just like the lodges and the members we represent, we’re determined to remain truly one of a kind.
All successful relationships require mutual commitment, but they also require a good match as regards qualities and characteristics. Hunting places enormous demands in a number of areas – technology, quality, innovation and, perhaps most importantly, safety. We look for companies whose products or services deliver these qualities and are thus a good match for our network. We are actively working on building an interesting network in which there are natural links between companies and activities.
Partners & Suppliers
Often, the right equipment and the right materials are absolutely decisive. Ole F Bergans was a keen hunter and man of the wild. He founded the entire Bergans concept in the early 19th century and, since then, Bergans has been a leader in clothing and equipment for wilderness lovers and hunters.
”Bergans has initiated numerous expeditions, both to the South Pole and Mount Everest. Our ambition is to be the best at what we do, so it is natural that all our guides use Bergans’ clothing and outdoor equipment.”
Johan Persson – Fjelljakt
“In the majority of cases, hunting is about making assessments – taking decisions based on visual evaluations. Without good optical aids, these observation are frequently sketchy and may result in the wrong decision, something that can be disastrous in our profession.”
Johan Persson – Fjelljakt
The town of Suhl is the gateway to “Thüringer Wald” and has had an arms industry since the end of the 1400s. Few places, if any, can compare to the tradition and knowledge found in arms manufacturing in Suhl.
”For us, the morals and ethics of hunting go without saying, but they also place the highest imaginable demands on the weapons we use. For Fjelljakt Merkel is the obvious choice.”
Johan Persson – Fjelljakt
“Rough and tough… These two words describe very well the way of hunting with Fjelljakt – one of the most challenging hunts in Europe. Good physical abilities, deep hunting knowledge and perfect material is required for this hunt. This is a natural arena for Merkel.”
Oliver Schmider, Sales and Marketing Manager, Merkel Jagd- und Sportwaffen
”Polaris has an incredibly wide range of ATVs, with both the power and the technology to do the job for us. We have chosen to use tracks on all our ATVs, to reduce ground damage as much as possible, as well as optimising accessibility.”
Johan Persson – Fjelljakt
”Covering Fjelljakt´s 16,500 hectares require good logistics when it comes to transporting hunters, bringing in felled game, placing out saltlicks, hunting predators and many other activities. This is what we do, this is how our ATVs shows its true colors.”
Johan Didriksson, Country Manager Polaris Scandinavia