It is a beautiful calm and still day in Wiesbaden, West Germany, as we follow a traditional wild boar hunt in Europe from a high seat. Although the surrounding forest is a little wet from a recent heavy shower, the grounds are beautiful.
One of the best pegs of the day, with 360-degree views of the surrounding area. High seats are strategically located throughout the hunting area to give hunters the advantage of overlooking woodland clearings, feeding locations and well used game trails.
The management of wild boar in this area helps protect the forests from crop damage and control wild boar numbers from overpopulation. Whilst the forest provides an attractive feeding opportunity for wild boar, it also creates other problems. In Germany, hunters are required to make reparations to farmers for crop damage sustained by the boar, paying a price per hectare for the sporting lease, plus additional ‘damages’ where appropriate.
On this driven wild boar hunt, Ian is equipped with his Sauer 404 in .308 and topped with a Hawke Endurance 30 WA 1-4×24 riflescope.
Following somewhat an uneventful morning and as the drive reaches the half way point, the beating team advance on the high seat. Although, there has been some animal movement nearby, nothing suitable appeared to take a shot. Shots are heard in the distance, ripping through the forest, driven hunting requires patience!
Re-joining the group with Frederic, from Sauer, and fellow hunters, everyone gathers to discusses their experiences and pay their respect to the fallen game. Twenty wild boar, four roe doe and a fox were harvested from the hunt. Driven hunt days like this require much preparation and planning. A large community of people come together and work tirelessly to put on the best day possible.
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