Andreas Barth/ Germany
The 42-year-old lives in northern Germany and works for the police as his main occupation – next to this he operates a hunting blog. Even though he only discovered hunting less than ten years ago. Less than a ten minute drive from home, at hunting grounds in Schleswig-Holstein, is where he is hunting in his free time – preferably wild boar. Always with him: the Bergstutzen B4 by Merkel.
How did you get to hunting?
Andreas: As a child I have spent a large part of my holidays with my grandparents in Mecklenburg. They lived in a forest village and were forestry workers themselves. Therefore, as children we lived our adventures in the adjacent forest area in the Nossentiner Schwinzer Heide; to the displeasure of the local hunter by the way. He was not able to tolerate the affinity to nature, but credited his reputation as a armed drunkard and choleric. The image of a hunter I had gotten in my childhood stayed with me for many years.
Only less than ten years ago, a friend of mine proved this image wrong. A high seat on a meadow and the sight of an elderly red stag in the warm evening sun finally awakened the longing to be as close to nature and animals as only a hunter can be. This friend took me under his wing after I had received my hunting license. The passion for hunting wild boar was transferred from him to me at this time. And even now I am hunting with a permit in his two hunting areas in Schleswig-Holstein, north of Hamburg. Less than ten minutes way part me from the two areas and, when time allows it I am there and enjoy life.
What is your preferred type of hunting?
Andreas: Every type of hunting has its appeal to me. Stalking and calling is very interesting to me, as the own abilities are decisive to the successful hunt.
What and where do you enjoy hunting the most?
Andreas: Hunting wild boar is both motivation and satisfaction for me. If I want to hunt alone, I feel the best in the local area. At my past hunts in the regions of Germany, Hungary or Sweden, I was always able to gain new experiences and meet like-minded people. This is one of the appeals to me, enjoy hunting together.
Do you have a hunting dream?
Andreas: More than one. In truth, there is more than one dream that I want to experience. For example: the calling of a Wapiti, Ibex hunting or photo-hunting in Africa.
What is your favourite calibre?
Andreas: .30-06 Spring.
Finally, what is you hunting guiding principle?
Andreas: It is a privilege to be as close to nature as us hunters.