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Swedes are being given the chance to go elk hunting on the Net.

The Svenska Dagbladet newspaper has apparently set up a digital camera deep in a Swedish forest which shows a different picture of the woodland scene online every minute.

Elk-mad Swedes have to spot one of the beasts on screen - then quickly fill in a form attached to the site stating date and time. The first ten lucky winners will get a fresh elk steak or other gaming foodstuff to pack in their freezer for the long Scandinavian winter.

To take part the e-hunters have to refresh the screen every minute, of course, which boosts the site's hits. The publication tried out the game last year and apparently increased its site hits by 20 per cent, Reuters reported.

Elk hunting is a national pastime in the country, and there is around one elk for every 30 people. Most Swedish hunters seem pretty successful - around 300,000 of them practice the sport, culling around 100,000 elks per year. ®

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