Many passionate hunters dream about going on a wilderness hunt in the breath-taking, wild and pristine nature of Canada. For ZEISS Pro Hunter David Carsten Pedersen this dream came true when he went to British Columbia, a province located on the west coast of Canada. “I want to go where I’ve never been, see beyond the horizon and learn as much from nature as it’s willing to show.” In a campfire interview the ZEISS athlete reports on his fascinating trip, about the perfect equipment package for an adventure like this and how to turn your hunting trip into an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience.
A hunt like this, in the backcountry of British Columbia, requires in-depth preparation and planning. Before getting started, you have to think strictly about every little aspect of the journey. What goes in your backpack? What is absolutely essential and what may be expendable? You have to think about weight and about necessities. The right equipment is of the greatest importance, because the whole trip stands and falls with it. The clothing, the rifle, the binoculars, the scope – everything needs to work flawlessly and in all weather conditions. Don’t let sunshine, rain, snow or mist determine your success or failure.
The right preparation goes hand in hand with extensive training. The hunter has to train with the rifle, train with the scope and train at any distance imaginable. For David, this is a really important aspect. “Also train on distances that are that far that you think – OK – this is out of my comfort zone. Because once you’re here, and the chance appears, you don’t want any doubt. You want to know: I can make that shot and I’m going to make that shot.”
The most important thing on a wilderness hunt is enjoying it. Enjoy the beauty of the mountains, the freshness of the air and the sounds and smells of nature in its wildest form. Even the smallest things can turn your trip into a valuable memory. Just be open-minded and notice the details of your adventure: the frost that sparkles in the sunshine, a bird you’ve never seen before, the silence and purity of nature. Besides all this, don’t expect everything to be easy, because the tough conditions and the challenges of the wilderness will push you to the limits of your capacity. But exactly that will keep you going and make you even more determined. “Your mind grows higher, your thoughts drift and you become part of your surroundings. But you have to keep your focus, train your eyes and your mind to keep sharp and look for that one crucial detail that determines all the rest.”
On his hunting adventure David tested the ZEISS VICTORY SF binoculars and the ZEISS VICTORY V8 1.8-14×50 riflescope. A wilderness hunt demands reliable and functional equipment and the ZEISS premium products fit the hunter’s needs perfectly. “A good pair of binoculars can make the difference between seeing the animal or losing the animal”. On a trip like this, it is important that they are light, fast, easy to use and have a wide field of view. Therefore, the ZEISS VICTORY SF binoculars are absolutely the right choice. They deliver high-contrast, bright images that allow you to see even the finest details in poor light. With a maximum of wearing comfort they are the optimal products for those extra-challenging hunts in tough conditions. David feels totally certain “I can trust them a hundred percent. Even in bad rain and snow, they performed very, very well”.
The VICTORY V8 1.8-14×50 riflescope also helps David to achieve his goals. Especially the 1.8 magnification enables fast and reliable targeting and quick shots on running game, at short distances as well as at long distances. On a wilderness hunt, the conditions can change in a matter of seconds and you have to be prepared for everything. As a compact all-rounder, the VICTORY V8 is the ideal companion in any situation. No riflescope has ever been this flexible and versatile. The V8 provides an extremely wide range of possible uses and maximum accuracy at any distance. David is obviously impressed: “It’s really amazing to have so many options and so many opportunities in just one package!”
For David Carsten Pedersen, the wilderness hunt in British Columbia was a great adventure and definitely a once in a lifetime experience. “You never know if you’re going to succeed, or maybe you do – because hunting is not about the end, it’s about the moments you experience while you search for other things. It’s about the small things in the big picture and the details in the great story, because in reality, it’s not the goal but the journey that shapes us”. #passionforhunting