On the hunt

I look fondly at my father. How time flies! It seems only yesterday that he was trying to share all he knew about nature and hunting, and now we’re stalking the range together.

It’s been more than 20 years since I was first allowed to join a hunt. I must have frightened off quite a few animals that my father was watching just because I couldn’t sit still or I fell asleep on the raised hide. But these moments are precious.

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For Sandra Jung, falconry and hunting allows her to be as close as possible to nature. Sandra discovered her passion for birds of prey at the age of just 16 when she began working voluntarily at weekends for a falconry centre. Sandra subsequently acquired her hunting qualification and falconry licence in 2011.

Now the business management student runs a small bird of prey operation business between Cologne and Düsseldorf with her boyfriend Benedikt Nyssen.

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Bock hunting with the Victory SF – a report by Anna Lena Kaufmann

In May, nature appears at its best. Throughout the day different sound interweave into a many-voiced orchestra in an almost magical way - and without a conductor. In the morning, the blackbird's singing presents the overture.

Later on, the call of the cuckoo joins in and bees happily buzz their melodies. In the evenings you can hear the crickets chirping and the grass swishing.

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Experiencing the uniqueness of wildlife

For me, there is no typical hunting family tradition and I was not educated in hunting as a child. I just had a couple of friends who took me to a farm in the region, and they just happened to hunt there.

After the first prey, I caught hunting fever. Only then can you understand other hunters. Over time, my hunting passion has increased. But more than anything else I wanted to be outside as often as possible.

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Hunting as a way of life

My father is a hunter but I did not grow up hunting with him. I didn’t discover my passion for hunting until after high school when I began traveling and fell in love with the beauty and variety of species in nature.

I was raised in Southern California where hunting is not a popular activity and my childhood friends did not understand my father’s hunting.

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Boar hunting in the Schoenbuch.

In Schoenbuch, south of Stuttgart, there are three primeval forests in which nature is allowed to take its course. Ancient oaks and beech trees reach into the sky, some of these are more than 300 years old.

The Dukes and Kings of Wuerttemberg once hunted here – the most beautiful forest in the country. The starting point of many hunts though was the monastery of Bebenhausen.

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Interview with photographer and filmmaker Jeff Simpson

US American Jeff Simpson (39) combines his job and passion as a photographer, filmmaker and hunter with

his eye for unique moments in the wilderness.

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Preparation tips for every hunter

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Moments made by ZEISS

On the hunt

Hunting in the mountains, especially in high alpine altitudes, has a special appeal to it. The clean air, the far sight and the panoramic landscape make every hunting trip an extraordinary experience. But in order for such a trip to become a huge success, the right preparation is needed.

Alpine hunting is not the same as hunting in the woods. It has certain pitfalls. Those can be easily avoided if you know what you are doing. ZEISS Hunting provides you with tips and tricks to make your adventure unforgettable.
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On the hunt

Since ancient times, hounds have been faithful partners and have provided great help for hunters. The many different kinds of hunting dogs have been bred as a result of the changing requirements of man.

Their tasks vary from fox hunting to deer hunting and from coon hunting to bird hunting, while some hounds have been bred specifically to work in water and some to work on land.
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Stalking

Scandinavia. Desolated and varied landscapes, endless forests and clear lakes make up the nature of the Nordic countries. Scandinavia refers to the cultural, historical and ethnic region of northern Europe, reaching from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic Circle. It includes the three kingdoms of Sweden, Norway and Denmark and additionally the republics of Finland and Iceland.

With such an enormous land area and a relatively small number of inhabitants, large parts of Scandinavia are unoccupied by people. They are also home to numerous species of game and offer unique and exciting hunts. Every country has its unique and special charm.
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