ZEISS Pro stalker & Head of the ZEISS Centre of Excellence

Having started life as a Gamekeeper I have always loved the countryside, and hunting has always been in my blood. However, it wasn’t until I started deer stalking that I realised where my true passion lied.

Since the very first time I stalked a deer I was hooked. Not just the hunting side of things, but the deer themselves, their habits, the way they moved. It fascinated me how they could just disappear without a trace in front of my very eyes!

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Helping you choose the right hunting optic

Weight, durability, ergonomics, price: the factors that come into play when you are deciding which hunting optic to buy are as many and varied as the products themselves.
And this makes it all the more important that you ask

yourself the right questions before investing in a high-quality optics product. Below we have summarised the most important things you should consider when deciding what to go for.

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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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ZEISS at Jagd & Hund in Dortmund

From 30 January to 2 February of this year, Jagd & Hund, Europe’s largest hunting fair again offered everything the hearts of hunters and fans of the great outdoors could ever wish for. In line with the company’s traditions, this year saw the return of Zeiss to the fair with a broad spectrum of products from the current portfolio and a number of exciting new additions.

The Victory Rangefinder System line recently launched at the ‘Shot Show’ specialist trade fair and the new Conquest V4 riflescope family took centre stage.

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Sandra Jung and Harris Hawk Dexter on the hunt

The crow hunting season began again on 1 August. I am an avid fan of this type of hunting, which I carry out with Dexter, my tercel Harris’ hawk. Falconers refer to male hawks as tercels because they are a third (Latin: tertium)

smaller than their female counterparts on average.
In the context of wild bird hunting, tercels are able to help us falconers because of their lower body weight, which makes them more agile.

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ZEISS Event for young hunters in Wetzlar

Four winners attended an event for newly qualified hunters from 4 to 7 September 2017 in the optics city of Wetzlar and at the ZEISS hunting ground, run in collaboration with the publisher Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag and hunting weapon manufacturer Merkel Jagd- und Sportwaffen.

Read what young hunter Alina experienced in Wetzlar and what she learned about optics.

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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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Behind the scenes of the latest ZEISS Hunting film production – by Daniela Holzer

Unreal – that is the best word to describe this barren landscape. Large fields with tufts of grass rising from the boggy ground alternate with rough, broken rock and ice-covered stones that make climbing a real test of courage. Within minutes, clouds are rising from the valley and obscuring the view with a light grey mist that looks like a soft filter. Just as quickly, the sky tears apart and drenches the valley in an unreal light.

The Defereggen Valley in Austria is full of sights and atmospheric light moods in late September. The spectacular scenery here provides the perfect backdrop for a film production by ZEISS Hunting, which will soon showcase innovations.

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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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