Sorry guys, but apparently I am denied access to the "Hunting Stories" chapter. May be I am too "Junior" for this!
Allow me to try it in this way!
Hi out there,
As a newcomer I would like also to contribute a little from this side of the pond; Germany.
I am a passionate hunter who has his own modest (300 Hectares) hunting area just around the corner were I live and use every opportunity to go out in the nature.
Now the story; It was the coldest night registered since 18 years and the temperature dropped down to -22 deg Celsius which is exceptional for our area (near Cologne)
which is only 200 m above sea level. I decided to go out and shoot a fox, as snow was covering the ground and it was no problem seeing even the smallest things out there.
It was 8 p.m. as my wife called me crazy when I left home with my „Drilling“ which is a 3 barreled rifle (mine has a .22 Hornet, 7x65R and a 12 gage)
with a scope of 56 mm objective, allowing me an excellent optic performance even at poor light conditions.
Only 5 minutes later I in a dear blind. I was packed like an Eskimo and was enjoying the nature. It was so cold that not even the Jackrabbits came out of the woods.
I was thinking and quit convinced that I was the only crazy species being out at that night.
I must have fallen asleep and round about 11:30 p.m a marten appeared and stood for a fraction of a second still at roughly 90 m.
In the snow and nearly full moon it was as if he was lit up. I decided to send a bullet from y .22 Hornet barrel out in his direction. Up on impact he just dropped dead.
I was thinking to call it an end and go hope as all of a sudden a Fuchs appeared and started to „work“ on my Marten. So once again I went decided fort he .22 Hornet and send it out.
The Fuchs ran about 15 m and dropped dead.
For me it was an exciting hunt and decided to pack up and go home.
I always document my hunt with photos of the animals, so as I got to the Marten I took a picture of him and then went to the Fuchs and did the same and all of sudden
(it was in the mean while 01:00 a.m) I heard noises coming out of the woods in front of me at a distance of around 50 m. I was standing middle of the field with no were to take cover.
The noise came from a wild male boar walking between the trees and apparently not noticing me. Maybe his ears were frozen!!!
I made sure that it was not a female and decided fort he 7x65R barrel and waited for him to present himself accordingly and send my 178 Grain bullet out.
Blinded from the flash of the shot, I did not see were he went but in the snow it was easy to track him. I found him dead only 15 m away from the spot I shot him.
The wild boar was 80 kg and the rest you can imagine what a work it was to get him home and do all what needed to be done.
What a night, at the coldest winter in Germany since 18 years.
For those of you who are still inexperienced; the successful hunter must be patient and not give up so fast!
I hope not to have bored any one. Sorry for my English, but at least I tried!!!
Take care all and happy hunting.