Persson is 50 and has been hunting since he was 11 years old. He studied economics and came to professional hunting by way of dog training. The jämthund, the typical moosedog in this region, is a spitz. This breed barks 70 to 80 times per minute when hunting. Because Persson‘s dog Snöa sometimes searches wide in the mountains so as to corner the elk, she wears a radio collar with a location beacon. The main precaution is not to alarm the moose. Only after the dog has the elk at bay with a rhythmic bark, the hunter follows up stalking with caution to get in shooting range. Moose can trot at a speed of up to 60 kilometres per hour – in difficult terrain that is definitely too fast for hunters. Hunting moose is not extremely dangerous – but in some cases you have to be careful: Moose tend to lash out vehemently with their hooves when cornered – fatal accidents happen in this case. Especially elk cows are known to be dangerous when raising a calf.
In northern countries moose hunting has a long tradition. Swedish hunters prefer bolt action rifles – and in numerous households a Drilling still stands, many of them from Suhl. Persson carries a Helix with him. In a country where the number of guns a hunter is permitted to possess is limited, one learns to appreciate a universal, flexible rifle. A Helix with its robust synthetic stock can be reassembled within minutes with a premium wooden stock when the finest quality weapons of the hunting guests at Medstugan are on show. Nothing more than an Allen key is required. In combination with the exchangeable barrels, the Helix offers a wide range of applications all-in-one.
Johan Persson values the elegant and flexible linear bolt action from Suhl: „The Helix is light, fast and accurate.“ When on long treks through the Swedish Taiga the Helix is his constant, uncomplicated attendant. For hunting moose he prefers a medium calibre (all 30 calibres) and a variable sight. „The art is to get as close as possible.“ Snöa and Johan, are masters in this art.