Ian Harford is in Wiesbaden, the Western Germany state of Hesse. Full of anticipation for the driven wild boar hunt, Ian Harford takes to the highseat and awaits for the hunt to commence.
Video: Driven Wild Boar Hunting in Wiesbaden, Germany:
A great morning saw all the hunters, organisers and volunteers gather for the briefing. Ian is excited and eager for the hunt to begin. The surrounding forest is wet from a recent heavy shower but above all, the grounds are beautiful and perfect for driven wild boar hunting.
High seats are strategically located throughout the hunting area to give hunters the advantage of overlooking woodland clearings, feeding locations and well-used game trails.
Wild Boar Management
Management of wild boar helps protect the forests from crop damage and control wild boar numbers from overpopulation. The forests of Wiesbaden provide an attractive feeding opportunity for wild boar.
Hunters in Germany are required to make reparations to farmers for crop damage sustained by the boar, therefore, hunters pay a price per hectare for the sporting lease, plus additional ‘damages’ where appropriate.
Ian Driven Wild Boar Hunting Equipment
On this driven wild boar hunt, Ian is equipped with his formidable Sauer 404 Synchro XTC in .308 Winchester and topped with a Hawke Endurance 1-4×24 rifle scope furthermore, Ian has reviewed his equipment on a previous episode on Team Wild TV – Wild Boar Hunting Equipment.
The Afternoon Drive
As the drive reaches the halfway point, the beating team advance on Ian’s peg. With nothing appearing to take a safe shot, there are encouraging signs of animal movement nearby.
Ian is encouraged by the sound of shots in the distance and awaits for the wild boar to be driven through. Driven hunting requires patience and Ian remains optimistic.
With daylight fading, the hunt comes to an end. Ian re-joins Frederic and his fellow hunters, as everyone gathers to discusses the hunt.
For Frederic, it has been a great day and as a result, there was a fantastic tableau. The hunters successfully harvested twenty wild boars, four roe does and a fox.
Driven hunt days like this require much preparation and planning. A large community of people come together and work tirelessly to put on the best day possible.
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