Sorry, but I have to have a little rant…
We spent last night in this place, the Hunneberg Ekopark. We arrived as it was getting dark and, after walking out to the nearby viewpoint, decided that this might be a nice place to spend a couple of nights and spend some time walking in the forests.
Until this morning, when a couple of cars pulled out and hunters got out. Now let me clarify something before I go on – despite being vegetarian, I don’t have a problem with hunting if the catch is going to be eaten. Wild game that you’ve shot (cleanly) yourself has to be about the most ethical source of meat there is. If you don’t eat it and are only killing for the pleasure of it, then quite frankly, you have a sick mind.
D went to talk to them and they explained that they were hunting wild boar. He asked if it was safe to go walking in the forest at the same time as there are men with guns wandering around – oh yes, apparently they are very careful. Well, I’m sure they are, but to quote D, I wouldn’t walk down the middle of a motorway because most drivers are very careful. The hunters also pointed out that under allemansrätten we have the right to go anywhere in the forest. Of course, technically my right to roam hasn’t been affected, but in practice I consider it to be a little less tempting to assert now.
There was no indication on the noticeboard that hunting would be happening, no warnings to be careful. Is this normal? Although hunting happens in the UK, I have no previous experience of it. Maybe someone who does can tell me.
Needless to say, we decided not to spend the weekend walking in that particular forest.