A driven hunt in Germany.
I first read about this game management method some years ago in Robin Marshall - Balls book titled "The sporting rifle", ever since I was eager to experience this method of hunting. I mainly hunt alone and hunt different species in completely different environment so it was of great interest to see how and where a hunt like this would be undertaking.
The area close to where Michael Lives.
How did it happen? Well I met Wildboar 1973 on this site and we arranged a swap hunt. Michael my host and now a great friend came over to Ireland to hunt successfully for Sika last October and in return he kindly invited me to his home in Germany which he shares with his wonderful wife and children.
Derek in the shooting cinema.
First I want to thank Michael and his family for the hospitality that was bestowed on me. Michael is a gentleman, straight, courteous and a very knowledgeable hunter. He hunts in very game rich areas and the natural beauty is outstanding (you wouldn't like it).
The trip was a dream. We went to the architecturally rich city of Cologne, we enjoyed the sights of the Cathedral and the medieval streets, we also visited the infamous German gun-shop Frankiona. We perused the shop for well over an hour and afterwards we eat like kings.
The game parade and a hungry dog.
As scheduled for pre - driven hunt training we went to a shooting cinema on the outskirts of Cologne. I would highly recommend one visiting a shooting cinema prior to going on a driven hunt. Judging lead isn't a natural ability that anyone is born with. My advice is too ensure that you enjoy your trip to the maximum give a shooting cinema serious consideration.
A beater and My first roe and boar.
The first driven hunt took place in Hessen a beautiful area of pastoral lands and rolling hills covered with deciduous woodland.
Michael of course forever the gentleman translated the rules and regulations and conveying exactly what could be shot and what could not. After the briefing we were transported to the forest, shown to my stand and then within minutes you find yourself living what you have being anticipating for all these years.
The boar and the blaser .308
Its quite, there's a gentle breeze your looking for your safe shooting directions and then you hear bang bang bang in the distance hoping you turn into a magnet for game your tense and your excited and your trying to stand still. Five minutes seem like a hours. Everything looks like a boar. And then! Coming from the left side of my view is a boar on the run. I confirmed the sighting via my binoculars then a quick change to the rifle.
I followed through and allowed for the lead and dropped the hammer and the result was a dead boar. The shot hit the boar at the base of the ear killing it insistently. Some twenty minutes later a Roe doe appeared! I allowed the doe to move gradually into position and then took a carefully placed shot killing the doe.
I was in constant communication with Michael I informed him of my success and received my first Wadmannsheil. A memorable moment as it was my first boar to shot and better yet it was my first roe to shoot.
Later we attended the game parade where all animals were carefully field dressed and weighed and blood samples taken.
We toasted each others success.
A view to a kill!
The next day we attended another driven hunt in east Germany. Our hunting companion Derek had success using a borrowed 8x57 he shot two boar and a roe we were delighted.
The trip was fantastic, an experience that will never be forgotten. I hunted two new species of game and established a great relationship with Michael.
The hunting grounds.
So sometime later reminiscing about this trip and finally keeping my word and doing this write up I remember the copious amount of alcohol the fun, the new people I met. The catalyst was hunting, its a passion and really an international language. If your going on a driven hunt some time in the future bring warm clothes, electronic ear defenders are a good idea and remember to pay for your fuel at the petrol station but even the police in Germany are good fun!
Michael being arrested for forgetting to pay for fuel bold boy!.