Jón Rúnar Guðjónsson
Jón Rúnar Guðjónsson is an extraordinary person. Born an Icelander, he currently resides in Denmark and spends a lot of time hunting in Sweden. Our ambassador since 2021, he’s one of the few lucky people who have made hunting his profession. We could speak to him for hours, but this time, we sat down for a quick chat about his favorites. Keep reading if you’re curious!
Hunting is a way of living in harmony with nature, where both parties benefit. A good win-win situation.
Type of hunt: I really love a mix of pürch – or stalking – and high seat hunting for roe deer during the whole day, with a 2-3 hour pause while the sun is at its highest, and then moving onto the wild boar at night, the same day. It’s a 14-20 hour activity which enriches my well-being and nourishes my soul. I get a lot of energy from hunts like that. Just being out there, kind of becoming one with nature.
After a few days of hunting like that, I take power naps in the shadow or in the sun, depending on the weather. Then wake up, hearing the birds and bees, seeing all the tiny insects working hard on whatever they are working on, noticing all the small details of the forest or field, small water drops or the shapes and forms of the flowers or trees. I simply love it. It takes a few days before I kind of am able to release myself to this feeling of just being. But when it hits, it hits.
Time of the year: My favorite type of hunting, being in the same area hunting day and night, is best in spring, May to mid June, and again in late summer, mid August until mid September. At this time, I go for roe deer and wild boar.
Animal to hunt: Roebuck during the day, wild boar during the night.
Game to eat: Fallow deer, kudu, moose, wild boar.
Gear to use: I always have a good knife, and I usually use SwingBlade. For day hunting, I always have some kind of binos, mostly 8×32, because of their small weight, and 8x zoom is enough for identifying most animals. Most of the time, I have a rucksack with me, with water, chocolate, nuts and other food. Extra clothes for the changing temperatures. I always have rubber gloves for field dressing and a rope for retrieving the animal. It mostly depends on how long I am staying out and the terrain. Of course, I have my 4 leg shooting stick from Mjølner Hunting for a stable shot and my rifle, which normally is Mauser M12 Impact in .308W. Then I have ammo that is, for the time being, Precision Hunter from Hornady.
Pulsar device: Depends on the terrain. If it’s a mixed hunt, I have a clip-on with me to the dayscope. If the main focus is on the wild boar, I have Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro or Digex C50.
Being a part of this honest good company and being allowed to test all those devices throughout the year.
The biggest challenge I find is to balance the energy and the changing temperatures. Sometimes, it’s 15-20 degrees during the day and down to 2-3 during the night. This change can be very difficult when you don’t have access to a change of clothes because moisture cools you down quicker. A warm house, clean water and a bath are something I sometimes miss.
Way to practice: I don’t really know. I think all shooting practice is fun because it’s very social.
Media to get news about shooting/hunting: I get a lot of my news from YouTube, Facebook and other social media. Then again, some hunting magazines have very interesting articles.
It takes a few days before I am able to release myself to this feeling of just being. But when it hits, it hits.
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