Christel Johansson from the Swedish Hunting Association says more Swedes than ever are interested in hunting as a hobby.
"More and more people are getting dogs trained to hunt bear and more want to get out and hunt as soon as the season begins," she says.
A few years ago, northern Jämtland county was criticised for not demanding that hunters are educated. Many bears were left injured or were not killed in a humane way.
Johansson at the Hunting Association claims that attitudes have changed since then.
"We've noticed that the hunters are getting a lot more serious and are educating themselves. Of course, we can't guarantee that bears won't be injured this season," she says.