• 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 […]

  • 4. July 2017

    Eine Jagd in Kamerun

    Ich heiße Ross Murphy, bin 62 Jahre alt und komme aus den USA. Als Naturfreund und Jäger war ich an vielen Stellen der Welt unterwegs. Mein letzte große Reise führte mich nach Farso East in Kamerun. Kamerun ist ein Land im westlichen Zentralafrika und grenzt unter anderem an Nigeria, die […]

  • 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 […]