Not to good news at the beginning of the new year for me i am afraid. Me and my dad decided to get out of the syndicate in Germany we are in.
I decided to do so when a couple of weeks ago the head of the syndicate deliberately shot at 2 wild boar who where standing after each other. He tried to get 2 in 1 shot. To me that is total disrespect to the animals youre hunting (and even against the law i think). One was dead, and the other wounded and not found, even with the tracking dog. He thinks this behaviour is normal , and he would do it again as it is "the thrill of the shooting" he said. In the past i collided with him on more occasions in the way you hunt and the respect you should have to animals. After this last incident i gave him a lot of verbal abuse which he was not happy with off course. I cannot enjoy hunting and shooting with people who think the way he does, so me and my dad decided to leave the syndicate.
Partly i am relieved, partly i am disapointed.
Relieved that i do not have to put up with all the negative aspects of him hunting (which reflects on the whole syndicate), disapointed as i had some good times hunting there as well (also with my British guests) and made a lot of effort in for instance building and restoring high seats, network with the locals and taking guests out.
Now I will be going forward and looking for other opportunities in the Netherlands, Germany, and even the UK. I might be joining the Dutch syndicate of my life time mentor. He is thinking of leaving the syndicate due to his old age and already proposed me as his successor with the other members. (By the way Ross of this site shot his first boar ever on these grounds, he knows the surrounding) Still unsure though if this might work as the State Forestry Commission has the final word on taking on new members as it is their grounds. I will keep my fingers crossed.
I also will be looking for some paid roe or fallowstalking later this year for me and my dad (as i cannot do swaps anymore for the time being). So if anybody knows some relaxed honest people i will be interested. Not looking for big thropies but some enjoyable hunting with likeminded hunters.
Will keep you posted on the developments.