Read how Norgesjakt takes care of their "team"

There`s many reasons Ole Morten and Irene from Norgesjakt loves to be outdoors- one of them is that they get to do what they love the most… Hunting birds with their four English Setters. The married couple has a great cabin in Steinkjer, Norway where they spend over 100 days and nights outside every year. In 2015 the outdoor enthusiasts left well over 600 miles in the mountains and they will love to share their tips and tricks with you.

Iréne og Ole Morten Rømo from NorgesJakt are happy to share their tips.

Iréne og Ole Morten Rømo from NorgesJakt are happy to share their tips.

1.       Make sure to have your equipment in order- and think about safety.

-          We allways choose quality over quantity when it comes to gear. We don`t bring more than necessary, and we make sure to have good shoes and clothes that fits the weather conditions.

-          Safety during the hunt is also important to us- we label ourself and the dogs in strong colours to avoid accidents.

It`s important to make time to relax and enjoi

It`s important to make time to relax and enjoi

2.       Good stamina makes the trip better for everybody.

-          We who hunt with standing gundogs, don`t sit still, but are in constant movement in varied terrain. We walk over 18 miles every day, while the dogs cover 100 miles. It`s self said that it`s important for both the dogs and the humans to stay in good shape, Irene smiles.

To create the best foundation for good expeditions, Irene and Ole Morten has clear priorities for their hunting team:

-          Irene and I do fitness training together every week, in addition to train the dogs every day. We start to train the puppy while in an early stage, that way we get to know the dog, and how he moves in different terrain – which mean we can easier cover a large area, when we`re out hunting. These precautions 

Hours of training pays of when the dogs behave exactly the way they should

Hours of training pays of when the dogs behave exactly the way they should

1.       Important to see all the members of the team.

         Our dogs are making it posible for us to hunt in the way we do. That’s why it`s important for us that they have a good time when we`re out in the forrest – I`t important that they get good food and have confidence that we take care of them.

Irène also means that a good team strategy contributes to the experience.

         A well trained dog is a happy dog, and it feels great when the dog does exactly as it suppose to! Predictability also makes it easier for us to enjoy nature – the small , lovely moment such as listening to the Black Grous play and watching the silhouette of your dog at a top towards the sunrise.

Join the professional mountaineers

The mountain tops of Jotunheimen has attracted Rune Haug since he was a little boy. Many years and countless mountaindays later he’s guiding turists and less experienced mountaineers in and upwards the mountain party where he has worn out a long line of hiking boots.

The Heat Experience team are really inspired of all the knowledge Rune has – and we’d love to share it with you.

1.       Do research – weather ahead

-          Figure out what you wan’t out of the trip, and be prepared that things can happen underway, Rune warns.

-          A repeater is that people are suprised by the thin air in the mountains. Breathing gets heavier, you move slower forward and often use more time than first planned.

Rune recomends physical preparation to be best prepared for your trip.

-          Some people are suprised that they are in poorer shape than they first thought, while others are suprised the trip went so easy, Rune smiles and adds:

-          It`s important not to take over your head. And if your not used to spending the entire day outside in nature, it might be a good idea to do a couple of test trips near home in different weather conditions – outreach bad weather under controlled conditions. This way you can feel how it’s experienced.

The experience might decrease by entirely unnecessary causes.

UPWARDS BESSEGGEN: It`s important to have the gear in order.

UPWARDS BESSEGGEN: It`s important to have the gear in order.

2.    Dress reasonable

-          Many people are suprised by the mountain weather and don`t think that it can be winter there even though it`s summer at home. At Galdhøpiggen (Norways highest mountain) you can often be able to sit at the top in your t-shirt one day, and you have to wear a down jacket the next day.

Rune mean that a basic knowledge about how to dress is important for the safety in the mountains.

-          Rescue operations because of bone fracture is rear, most of the operations are started because of poor preparations combined with bad weather conditions. People often go out for a longer trip In their sneakers, sandals or snowjoggers, and we have seen it all, Rune says.

He also warns about going in the opposite trap: believe to be secure, just because you have advanced equipment.

LISTEN TO EXPERIENCED MOUNTAINEERS: Remember that your most important equpment is your head.

LISTEN TO EXPERIENCED MOUNTAINEERS: Remember that your most important equpment is your head.

3.       Don`t belive that expensive equipment can replace knowledge.

-          We see it over and over again: people buy expensive equipment and head of without necessary knowledge about different types of snow and avalanche danger. This specially occur in winter time, Runa says.

-          People often sit down to have lunch right below a hill where it`s hi possibilities for avalanche or incoming skiers. It can potentially be life threatening.

Rune recommend to contact professionals if you are unsure.

-          “Better safe than sorry” is a great rule to bring to the mountains. You can never be entirely secure, but the old mountain rule about listening to experienced mountaineers doesn`t make the situation worse.

Become a better hunter with professional huntress Anette Dahl

Three reasons you can skip wild cameras and other «nips».

-          You don`t become a better hunter by making it simpler for yourself. You become a better hunter by challenging yourself, Anette Dahl says.

The 25 year young women from Stathelle, Norway, has been hunting since she was a little girl. Many years of hunting and outdoor life has given her valueble experiences- which mught give her the empression of being «old fashioned».

-          I try to avoid expensive and fancy equipment, nips and things that makes it possible to «cheat» during the hunt, Anette says. She belive this effects the hunt in three ways:

1.       A better hunting experience

-          Sleeping outside and interacing with the animals outside the hunting situation, helps me understand the animals behaviour better.

Anette is glad to bring the dogs out on training and sleepover trips in the forrest also when there`s no hunting involved. She belive knowing the animals, both her own dogs and the animals she hunts, makes her a better hunter.

Anette bring her dogs to overnight trips even outside of hunting

Anette bring her dogs to overnight trips even outside of hunting

2.       A better value

-          The value of setting a goal and work hard to achieve it, will allways be better higher than the value of getting something «for free». To accomplish something gives self esteem, because you know it`s hard work behind the achievement instead of shortcuts and easy solutions.

This philosophy is a concious choice for Anette.

-          It`s important for me not to simplify things for myself. When i put hard work in my hunting, i also feel that the prey is much more deserved.

Anette means that a well prepared hunt makes her appreciate the nature even more

Anette means that a well prepared hunt makes her appreciate the nature even more

3.       A better outdoor experience.

-          A good hunt is about being a part of nature. We might put to much into catching the prey and taking a photo of it, and not enogh in the hunt itself?

-          Preparing early by sleeping outside and seeking a connection with the animals outisde of the hunting situation, teaaches you a lot about nature. It`s also a great base for better nature experiences. 

Four travel tips for those who long for a cold vacation

Morten Brekke from Mitt Jaktblad (Norwegian hunting magazine is an experiences outdoor enthusiast that has been working with hunting, fishing and outdoors through 20 years. Here Morten brings you his best tips for cold destinations to visit.

Rib boating in Svalbard

The triangle Longyearbyen – Barentsburg – Pyramid is a great base for boat people. Combined with snowmobile and skis this route offers spectacular arctic experiences.

Traditional fishing on Greenland

The southern tip of Greenland offer extreme climate, but also unique fishing possibilities – specially for those who are interested in traditional fishing methods. The surroundings are filled with natural resources, but poor on infrastructure – rent a native guide and learn the old fishing methods.

Canoeing in Canada

Take a flight to Yellow Knife, Canada, and test your paddle skills and survival knowledge with long walks through rivers and rapids. Try also char fishing in Great Slave Lake, that can contain up to 1 year old fish.

Hiking in Yukon

Macenzie-mountains are for the experienced mountaineers among us – start from in the town White Horse, and use a couple of weeks to explore the massive mountain area protruding almost 3000 meters over sea.