It is beautiful morning in Wiesbaden, Germany. The team have been invited by their good friend, Frederic Hanner from Blaser, for what should be a magnificent day of driven wild boar hunting.
Frederic gives the morning briefing, outlining what game can be taken and what must be left. This is a management hunt that has taken a year of careful planning and it is down to the guns to correctly identify the species, age and gender before taking their shots.
Adrenaline-charged and super thrilling, driven wild boar is an effective way of culling large numbers to keep the population in check. All wild boar (except leading sows), foxes and racoons are available to cull in the 550-hectare area, the excitement is growing as final adjustments to the Blaser R8 Professional in .308 topped with a Hawke Frontier 1-6×24 riflescope are made.
A high seat provides the ideal vantage point, with a wide open ride to the left and plenty of opportunity to see boar through the trees. Dressed in Deerhunter’s highly insulated Winter Muflon collection in Realtree Max-5 camouflage; perfectly concealed against the wintry beech woodland. With the beaters’ voices reverberating around the eery woodland, everyone is on red alert, watching for signs of movement.With almost 100 people roaming the forest throughout the hunt, safety is of paramount importance. Responsible rifle handling must be adopted to at all times and a clear and safe backstop must be present before any shot is taken.
A sounder can appear as if from nowhere. With senses heightened, the challenge is to select the right animals according to the management plan and kill them cleanly – ideally with just one shot. The first sighting of the day is two hulking dark shapes moving at pace through the dense bramble cover. They escape, but others are not so lucky.This is a management hunt that has taken a year of careful planning and it is down to the guns to correctly identify the species, age and gender before taking their shots.
The marksmanship skills are on point with a clean cull of five boar including one keiler, making it his most successful drive ever. At 2pm, the shooting stops and the culled boar are laid out in the tableau for everyone to pay their respects.
This incredible occasion brings together people from all walks of life, but at its heart is a critical forestry management responsibility, maintaining the delicate balance of nature.
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