Join ZEISS ambassador David Carsten Pedersen on a mountain hunt in New Zealand.

Some hunts are supposed to be hard. Hunting thar in the mountains of New Zealand’s South Island is definitely on that list. As one of the few places in the world, it’s possible for foreign hunters to hunt on public land without a guide.

Obtaining a firearms license and a hunting permit is easy and can be applied for online at the department of conservation’s home page, or at a local police station or DOC office. Join ZEISS ambassador David Carsten Pedersen on this challenge.

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Muskoxen are huge animals (up to 410kg or 900lbs) with curved horns and thick coats. They have walked the tundra for close to a million years.

The Greenlandic name for muskox is “Umimmak,” meaning “the long-bearded one.”

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An interview with Sandra Jung, Germany's youngest self-employed falconer

Sandra Jung is the youngest self-employed falconer in Germany. Together with her business partner, Benedikt Nyssen, she runs a falconry with 23 birds of prey at Greifenstein Castle in the state of Thuringia.

She shares what we can learn from wild animals in her book, Die Herrscher der Lüfte und ich [The Masters of Sky and Me].

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We all know the predicament. Venison is a healthy protein because it is very lean and therefore can dry out when cooking. A great solution is to cover the meat in salt dough. The dough will protect the leg from drying out while cooking.

The result is a perfectly cooked, juicy and delicious piece of meat. It’s probably different from how you’re use to cooking, but it’s easy and doesn’t take that much time either.

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A hunting trip for capercaillie to the far north of Scandinavia turns into a journey of self-discovery for ZEISS hunting ambassador David Carsten Pedersen.

“It’s been really good to hunt with you.” The statement came from one of the greatest hunters, I have ever met. The man was Tommy Holmberg, the legendary hunting guide from Swedish Lapland, who had once taken a man-eating bear. We were both lounging besides a small wood stove, tired after some hard and successful days of hunting moose. In the few days we had hunted together, we had become great friends, and his praise meant a great deal more to me, than I think he knew. “But you have to come back for a capercaillie hunt in the winter. That is really something really special. That is where you really get to experience the spirit of Swedish Lapland.” Knowing that I had to go back the next day, I was all ears and wide eyes for more adventures in the future.

“It’s not an easy hunt though.” He said in the long low dialect of the Northern Swedes. “You hunt on wooden skies. Shoot very far. And it can get really cold”. He said this with the same matter-of-factness in his voice, as he talked about everything else. In Lapland, they don’t spend unnecessary amounts of words on anything. So, if Tommy said it was a good hunt, then that’s what it was. And of course, I told him I would be back. At that point Tommy could have told me to crawl inside a bear den and hug a sleeping sow, and I would have done it with a smile. All I could dream about was coming back to this place above the arctic circle, to hunt the royal bird of the woods: The Swedish capercaillie.

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David Carsten Pedersen about raising his hunting dog "Mille"

“OMG thats so cute!!! Can we pet her!!!???” The three girls dive in straight away, cuddling the puppy in a tornado of hugs and kisses. I think the girls must be models. One of them looks Iranian. The other is probably from Brazil. They are all over the dog and she lets their hands wash over her like rain.

It’s fashion week in Copenhagen, and its the 4th time we been “attacked” by cuddle-hungry women in less than 100 meters. We leave the models before Mille looses all her hair, but we are quickly intercepted by a new group of girls.

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