Friday, October 16, 2015

Hunting Dogs of Åland 3.9.2015

This year’s stamp booklet from Åland Post issued on 3rd September presents the hunting dog species Finnish Hound, Grey Norwegian Elkhound and Wire-haired Dachshund, three species commonly used by hunters in Åland. Hunting is a popular leisure-time activity in .

Bred in Finland since the end of the 1800s for hunting fox and hare, the Finnish Hound is a distinct hunting dog which is still most common in Finland. It is a dog that pursues the quarry with passionate barking.

The Grey Norwegian Elkhound’s object in the hunt is to hold the elk at bay – jumping in and out toward the elk, distracting its attention while signalling to the hunters by barking very loudly – until the hunter can arrive to shoot it. This type of dog is mainly used for hunting elk.

The Wire-haired Dachshund is a versatile hunting dog used to scent, chase and flush out small game and roe deer. This species of dog is also often used when searching wounded game.

The number of hunters in Åland is one of the highest in Europe with some 12 % of the Åland population obtaining a hunting licence every year. The most common type of game is roe deer, but also elk, hare, deer, European pine marten and fox may be hunted all year round or during parts of the year.

The stamp booklet is complemented by three maximum cards with a special postmark showing a dog track.  

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