A Recommendable Roe Buck Hunt in Germany


Published: November - 2012

Subscriber Joe Schetz checked in this month with a report on a roe buck (deer) hunt he took in the Mosel Valley wine region of Germany this past August. Schetz tells us that, in three days of hunting with guide Jurgen Thul, he took four roe bucks including one older, battle-scarred warrior. "These are nice roe deer, but not like the ones you'd get in Russia," he says. He also took two foxes, which are abundant and considered a pest. Hunting was from high seats on field edges morning and evening for free-ranging deer. Schetz arranged his hunt through Jerome Knap, who previously owned and operated Canada North and now operates Global Expeditions/Almonte Travel (613-256-4057; cnonorth@istar.ca). Knap has booked a number of hunts for Schetz in the past in Russia, Hungary and elsewhere in Germany.

Schetz says he flew into Frankfurt for this hunt where he was met and transported to Trittenheim, which he describes as an excellent destination for anyone traveling with a non-hunting spouse. Accommodations were at a small winery/B&B run by Otto Bollig (011-49-6507-2281; www.otto-bollig.de) where the food and wines were excellent. Bollig also coordinated the local hunting. To avoid gun issues traveling to Germany, Schetz borrowed a high-quality Sauer rifle with a scope. Though German hunting regulations are notoriously strict, Schetz said it was no problem to hunt there. "At present, hunting in Germany is the same as other countries in Europe: No problem to get a license, if you have one from your home country, but I believe you must have a guide," he says. Overall, Schetz gives the entire experience an excellent rating, and tells us his hunt cost $4,500. "Good hunting. Wonderful, scenic wine area. Very friendly people. Everyone spoke English, but I insisted on using my so-so German."

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