• 13. November 2018

    Mr. Davey Hughes – A True Character

    My name is Davey Hughes. I am the founder of Swazi. I started the company about 25 years ago. For me it’s been a real journey. I think as in life and in business, the first thing you should do is stay true to what you started the business for […]

  • 30. October 2018

    Auf Gamsjagd in den Berchtesgadener Alpen

    Sobald die Tage wieder kürzer werden und die ersten Nebel die Bergwiesen benetzen, zieht es mich zur Gamsjagd in meine geliebten Berge. Hier muss zunächst die Schutzhütte wieder auf Vordermann gebracht werden und ein kleiner Vorrat an Lebensmittel und Getränken gebunkert werden. Immer wieder zieht es mich neben dem notwendigen […]

  • 24. October 2018

    An appointment with my intimate adversary

    Spanish crops and mountain ranges are becoming somehow overpopulated by wild boar.  Over the past few years, and most likely due to favorable conditions, this animal population has increased probably by a triple factor. This overpopulation has resulted in an increase in off-season hunting actions such as night stalk. I am […]

  • 18. October 2018

    The story of raising a litter of 9 Labrador puppies

    My name is Kim Muskat. I’m the breeder of Iceroot’s Labrador Retrievers. My aim is to breed gundogs who are brilliant hunters with strong nerves for shooting days and picking ups. First of all, it takes me a lot of time to find a good stud dog that suits my […]

  • 31. August 2018

    In the studio of Markus Lüpertz

    A great artist and his passion – hunting. Markus Lüpertz is a painter, sculptor, musician, and poet – in short: an artistic genius. His works are much sought-after by collectors worldwide, and his exhibitions are visited by countless art enthusiasts. Aside from his artistic work, he dedicates his time to […]

  • 28. August 2018

    The beach underneath the wig

    Hearing the names Biscarosse, Mimizan, immediately prompts the mind to wander. When I think of these places, I hear the shrill droning of cicada blending with the smell of pines, sea spray, and the feeling of hot sand between my toes. Sure, this is what I imagine when thinking of […]

  • 15. May 2018

    Reinhard Rüger: How The Leica Geovid Keeps Him On Track

    Reinhard Rüger is the trainer of the German National Sports Shooting Team and has taken part in the Olympic Games at many international venues. The head coach and passionate hunter recognised the value of the Leica Geovid right from the start and has now used this pair of binoculars for […]

  • 3. May 2018

    The 4 Stable Stick Academy – Set the bar to 300!

    In the span of five years, the 4 Stable Stick shooting sticks have conquered the hearts of stalkers all over the world. It was time to take things further, with a shooting academy to up one’s comfortable shooting range to 300 meters. At Domaine de Boismorand, a 650 hectare large […]

  • 17. April 2018

    Mud Island

    England: the land of milk and honey, and mud. Welcome to the English countryside. Ladies and gentlemen stroll the high street in Burberry jackets and Dubarry boots, there were designated bridleways for woodland gallops, shoots feature high-flying pheasants, and everyone owns a working cocker-spaniel. Same place, different year. Once again, […]

  • 21. March 2018

    A Russian Spring

    While springtime hunts in the European Union are facing the legislative mill one after the other, countries still remain where hunters can enjoy the brief pleasures that come with the end of winter. We were headed for the Russian taiga, where cock fights were taking place al fresco rather than […]

  • 7. March 2018

    A very special connection

    After a bad last year I needed new energy to recharge my batteries. I was desperately looking for ways to gather new strength for the year ahead. The only question was how? Whenever I did poorly in a class test, even though I had studied so hard for it, or […]

  • 1. March 2018

    At Home in the Highlands

    The landscape’s burnt orange hues reminded me of either an alpine moose meadow in late September/early October or the rusty appearance of Kodiak Island on a fall bear hunt. The bare, rolling landscape resembled both the Arctic tundra and the badlands of southern Alberta. Yet, no caribou nor mule deer […]

  • 21. February 2018

    A muskrat hunt

    For decades the small game hunts were a perfect cure for the spring solstice. Some kind of ease accompanying them helped to absorb all the wealth of pictures, sounds and scents the nature, now waking up after the winter slumber, wanted to share. But with time and more law restrictions […]

  • 13. February 2018

    Niall Rowantree and the 2017 stag season

    What weighs just under 28 stone (approx. 178 kg) and spent the summer getting soaked on a Scottish hillside? The answer is the heaviest stag taken this season on the main forest beat of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, the jewel in the crown of the West Highland Hunting portfolio, where 2017 […]

  • 6. February 2018

    Seaside Holiday – Hunter Style

    Creeping through the marsh which reeked of brackish stasis, we closed the distance between ourselves and the two boar. These boar, along with red, fallow, and roe deer, were what we were after on this hunting trip along the northern German coastline. Standing a mere 20 metres from the preoccupied […]

  • 22. January 2018

    The Cross-Border Izard

    Between Spain and France, the Pyrenees Mountain Range acts as both a natural and legal border. Depending whether you stand on the south-facing side or the north-facing slopes of these vertiginous summits, the status of the fauna is different. Not only izard live here. It was no sooner than eight […]

  • 10. January 2018

    A dream come true

    I have been always wondering what the main reason of hunters’ satisfaction was and always got the answer: something bigger than the trophy size or the weight of the meat. These things are important, no doubt, but there has to be something immaterial to make a hunt really great. An […]

  • 8. December 2017

    Meeting on the Summit

    For its second meeting in 2017, the Leica Hunting Experience recruited no less than 45 young hunters. The majority came from France, but Germany, and for the first time Denmark and Spain were also represented! It was a milestone event that distinguished itself not only through the diversity of nationalities […]

  • 22. November 2017

    Six Years Later

    Six years ago to the day I sat on the same ledge, with the same intentions: to find a bighorn ram. This time, I had a different hunting partner along: my boyfriend Philipp. My Dad, Peter, with whom I’ve shared the pleasure of mountain hunting for the past ten years […]

  • 13. November 2017

    Little Camper on the Prairie

    Like white bubbles floating on a choppy, oversized bathtub, thousands of snow geese were becoming restless. Soon it would be time for them to take to the fields. We stationed Mom and my boyfriend Philipp adjacent to the lake, to supervise their travel patterns. My Dad, uncle and I followed, with […]

  • 20. October 2017

    Way up north

    As deer manager on Euston Estate in Suffolk, he’s not in the habit of creating heaps of glowing embers around when stalking, but hunting moose is a different story: “The fires are a traditional way to keep warm and are lit at the stands or high seats while the hunters […]

  • 17. October 2017

    The Island of Tenors

    In October on the Croatian island of Cres, tourists make way for fallow deer and hunters. We followed. A twenty minute ferry ride sufficed to link the Istrie peninsula in north-west Croatia to Cres Island (pronounced tresse with a rolling ‘r’). Once on the island, you’re in a completely different […]

  • 9. October 2017

    Peas in a Pod

    Like two peas but lying in their individual pods, we snuggled into our blinds. Dad was in a layout blind, I sat on a reclining legless camping chair and cloaked myself with the remnants of the pea field stubble. Geese were coming. Continuing on to a neighbouring ranch belonging to […]

  • 27. September 2017

    In the shadow of the Cathar pines

    Located at the borders of the Aude and the Eastern Pyrenees, a state-owned forest known as the Fanges, is a center of French history. For nearly three decades, the Aude Hunters Federation has written its own kind of history, of the natural sort. The sun had just gently disappeared behind […]

  • 25. September 2017

    Fire and Ivory

    “I think I see tines!” After retracing a few steps, I followed my instincts and double checked the spot in question. Though my peripheral vision had caught it initially, my Geovid HD-B’s helped confirm the unusual looking white branches. Indeed, twenty yards away two classic ivory tines protruded a few […]

  • 18. September 2017

    White Horsehairs and Black Bristles

    The Rhône River delta, is one of France’s most important stops for migratory birds of the eastern Palearctic. It’s not only important to the avian kind though. Between the river’s arms, which mingle with vast reed surfaces, wild boar have found an ideal refuge. Welcome to Camargue, for a hunt […]

  • 7. September 2017

    Roe Rut in the Hungarian Heat

    The elderly couple sitting across from me unpacked a loaf of wholegrain bread, salami, paprika and a salt shaker out of their plastic lunch tote. Meanwhile, I used my train ticket from Vienna to Budapest Keleti as a makeshift fan; the air conditioning was broken and a record temperature of […]

  • 31. August 2017

    The Adventure Continues!

    This moment became etched in the pink sandstone of the Vosges. The end of July rang in the excellent start of a new season for the novice hunters, invited to trouble the bucks and boars in the fresh, summery pine forests. The first stage of this season’s Leica Hunting Experience […]

  • 22. August 2017

    Heinz Sielmann – Jäger und Naturfreund

    Heinz Sielmann (* 2. Juni 1917 in Rheydt; † 6. Oktober 2006 in München) kam schon früh mit seinem späteren Berufsfeld in Verbindung. Sein Vater war ein begeisterter Jäger und Angler und nahm ihn schon in Kindheitstagen mit in die Natur. Er prägte den Jungen mit seiner Aussage: “Die Natur […]

  • 8. August 2017

    My decision is: Let’s risk it!

    Ernst Leitz went down in the industrial history of Germany as a visionary entrepreneur and courageous opponent of the Nazis. But the pioneer of the legendary Leica camera was also a passionate hunter and tested the optical devices in his own hunting grounds. The year when the Hessian entrepreneur Ernst […]

  • 19. July 2017

    The perfect present

    I saw this picture somewhere on the Internet once – dad and son holding hands and walking into the wild with a comment below: best memories are not made in front of the TV. That couldn’t be truer for me. When I collect all my happiest remembrances with my Old […]

  • 26. June 2017

    The Longest Day of the Year

    Though I’m very familiar with the weight of a backpack while sheep hunting, balancing 20 kg while in a dress and heels was an entirely new challenge. Latvia is known for very beautiful women, many of which were at today’s graduation ceremony, clad in eloquent gowns, obtaining their degrees in […]