I want to go on a trip to Sweden next summer. However, the plan was to do a little roving in the untouched nature. Note: I'll bring my own field target with me to not harm any nature.

Roving can be described in the most casual form as wandering across the countryside shooting at targets picked from random at various ranges and attitudes.

Due to the fact that the bow is a "sporting equipment" in my country, it's fully okay to go roving as long as you have field tips attached (what I have of course).

I wonder if that is the case in Sweden, too?

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Hunting with bow is not allowed in Sweden, but a bow does not require a license, and the Swedish law for the nature ("allemandsretten") is very liberal, so I guess it is ok shoot at targets, when not near any people.

The Swedish weapons guide (in Swedish, sorry)



A bow is not regarded as a weapon according to the Weapons Act. This is because it is not possible to store energy in a bow in the same manner as a crossbow.

From Tullverket

As the bow is not a weapon it's from a legal point of view pretty much the same as playing with a ball. It's just okay to go roving with field tips attached.

  • Thanks for your answer. Do you know if the bow is considered a "weapon" or a "sporting equipment" by law?
    – OddDeer
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 7:36
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    I can't be sure, but as the law guide (above) list bow and arrow with examples like fake guns and air guns, and that it does not require a permit, I would conclude that it is not classified as a weapon. Note that airport security or airlines might classify it as a weapon.
    – Stefan
    Commented Dec 1, 2015 at 16:30
  • Hi Stefan! Your second link, to Tullverket, leads to a non-existent page. I'm in America, though, and the page seems to originate in Sweden, so I wonder if it's a language or browser problem. If you'd like to check it, that would be great! Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 22:53
  • @OddDeer, would you mind checking to see if that link works for you? I don't know what browser you use, but since you've been more active on the site lately than Stefan, I thought I'd ask, if you have the time. Thanks! Commented Nov 15, 2017 at 22:56
  • @Sue Leads to a 404 not found error for me.
    – OddDeer
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 5:39

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