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Jakt 2009

Hunting 12-16 September 2009.

Image: Image: Image: Image: Trying to cross the river when it's big can be a challenge. Image: Scooting across a log does the trick. Image: Discussing the latest catch. Image: Removing the rope. Image: It's a big one, all right. Image: Hunting Holene to the east. Image: Nice terrain. Image: The butchering process is quite a lot easier, both in terms of working and maintaining good hygiene, after we got the new hall. Here's Brynjar skinning the neck and cutting out the throat. Image: Skinning the deer's right-hand side. The animal has to be put on its side to completely loosen the skin from the spinal area. Image: Harald cutting out another deer's throat. Image: Throat nearly loosened. Image: The tongue is the hardest bit to get out. It's attached to the throat, but also to several muscles in the jaw and neck. Image: There we go. Ready to pull it up and saw open the ribs. Image: Ribs have been sawed open. Now we can start work on removing the inner organs. Image: Starting to loosen the organs from the spine. Image: View of the chest cavity from the front. Image: Pulling out everything, cutting loose anything which doesn't come off on its own as we go. Image: The organs mostly come loose with a firm tug, but sometimes it needs some extra cutting. Image: Almost done. The pink thing next to the hand is the lungs, and the dark red thing below is the liver. Image: Getting ready to hoist the carcass for weighing. Image: Steady as she goes. Image: Time to cut off the head. Image: And the carcass is ready for storage. Image: How much does it weigh? There's usually bets placed in advance. Image: The weighing is done and the carcass is hanging on a dual hook. Image: The first one is done, but there's still more to go. Image: The livers, hearts and tongues are used for food. Image: The rest of the inner organs are discarded. Image: It's a bloody business. We've got the same kind of coating on the floor and lower walls as they do in slaughterhouses, for easy cleaning. Image: Now it's time to treat the shot wound. One gets blood clots, bone splinters and the occasional bullet fragments, which all need to be cleaned out for an optimal result. Image: Today's work is nearly done. Just some final wound dressing and cleaning the floor remains. Image: New day, new opportunities. Today we're hunting Øvste Berget. This is the parking area at Holeflata. Image: We are the hunters today. Still waiting for the rest to find their posts before we start out. Image: The tractor road across the small gully at Holeflata. Image: Some final preparations before we head out. Image: Morning fog. Image: The morning fog clears as we get higher up. Image: Up at Lisjedalen, the fog is as good as gone (at roughly 475m above sea level). Image: Me and my uncle Håkon are going to the top together. Image: The river flowing downhill. Image: The morning fog covers the valley like a veil. Image: The rapids coming down from the mountain. Image: Still some wisps of fog below. Image: The river, right next to the path. Image: A sea of fog. Image: Panning a bit to the right from the previous picture. Image: Panning back. Image: Even further. Towards Dauremål. The sun brightened the fog a bit too much from this angle. Image: Spider webs in a birch tree. Image: Clear skies towards the west. Image: The sun shining through the canopy. View towards Dauremål. Image: The glacier. Image: Another picture of the glacier. Image: And a third. Image: Towards Dauremål again. This time from a big higher up. Image: And to the west. Image: The shadow of a hunter (me) with his gun. Image: Turning to the west to get up the narrow, winding path. Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Normal and freshly oxygenated blood, splattered on the horns of a buck. Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Another day of butchering. Image: Veterans skinning one of the deer. Image: Image: Once you get a bit in, you can use your fists to push the skin off. Which is normally quite a lot faster than using a knife. Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image:

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