Wilson says the hunt was a gift from his wife, who accompanied him: "I could have gone to other countries for a red stag, or even hunted for one here in the Hill Country of Texas. But I had hunted in Germany when I was stationed there with the US Army and came to like and respect the European hunting customs. Eva and her guide staff perpetuate these customs with their hunters, including wearing traditional European hunting clothing in loden green or brown with an appropriate hunting hat. Touches like that and the ceremony of the schutzen bruch (the shooter's branch), and the letzer bissen (the last bite) brings the hunter totally into the European hunting experience.
These rituals were performed on a gold-medal stag Wilson killed. "Our hunting guide, Rudy, was unbelievably patient and accommodating as my wife accompanied us up into the mountains on all hunts and was sitting right next to me in the blind when I made the kill! No need at all to tell her about the hunts!!!
"The hunts here are strictly free-range, and the number of opportunities for harvesting a great red stag was very satisfactory. In addition to the red stag that I was seeking, we saw abundant mouflon and roe deer. All appeared to be in great condition.
"I have hunted for 50 years or more, and this was truly a Hunt of a Lifetime.' Eva, her staff and our guide attended to our every need without being asked. The hotel/lodge is truly five-star, and the meals were without comparison! After the successful hunt, Eva took my wife for an Austrian experience of her own fly fishing."