Tradition

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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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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Hunting with a baying dog in Swedish Lapland.

Hunter David Carsten Pedersen speaks about his impressions with the hunting guide Tommy and the baying dog Tiko in swedish Lapland. Tommy has been a guide

in Lapland for many years, and is an expert in the ancient skill of hunting moose over baying dogs.

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The passionate hunter Thomas Nohl turned his passion into a profession and at the same time brought a family tradition into the fourth generation.

His parents – a cutler and a goldsmith – believed that the art of making knives no longer had a future. Although the mother‘s side of the Nohls had been cutlers in Gießen for

more than 150 years. So Thomas Nohl completed his training as a retail salesman after graduating in order to be able to continue the family business at least.

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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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Hunting is no longer a male-dominated sport

On the hunt

Tradition

Being out into the woods on a hunting trip is no longer just for men. More and more women are discovering their passion for hunting these days. Even though men still account for the majority, the number of women actively hunting has steadily risen over previous years.

According to the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU, the percentages of female hunters range between one percent in Belgium, Bulgaria and Italy, five percent in Denmark and the Netherlands, and ten percent in Germany.
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