Hotel Schloss is located about an hour north of Berlin in northeastern Germany and is actually a country manor featuring its own chapel, traditional gardens and extensive grounds. Schetz describes it as a luxurious place that any spouse would love. Indeed, the photographs of the accommodations and surrounding grounds featured on its German-language web site (www.schloss-liebenberg.de) show what an upscale and modern place it is. Schetz says all of the staff members at the hotel speak English, so communication is not a problem. The rooms are large, including a living area/sitting room, a foyer and private bath. An onsite restaurant provides gourmet meals. Schetz says his wife did not accompany him on this trip, but after seeing his photographs of the place and hearing his descriptions, she realized she had made a mistake.
Hunting at Hotel Schloss Liebenberg is for roe deer, fallow deer, mouflon and of course, the ubiquitous wild boar. Schetz says hunting is done by sitting on the edge of fields or well trafficked areas in the woods in shooting houses, both on the ground and elevated, and also by still-hunting and stalking through the woods.
Schetz was in Germany during the later part of this past October when the fallow deer in the area were rutting. He says a guide drove him each morning to areas he knew the deer frequented, and they would walk from half a mile to a mile into the woods where they could hear the deer roaring and then stalk in for a shot. Schetz says he heard bucks grunting and that he witnessed deer fighting, but he could not get a clear shot at first. He eventually took what he says is a representative buck estimated at eight years old. After the hunt, Schetz........(continued)