... early in my hunting career, this would have been my answer to the question whether I could imagine hunting wild boar at night. “If I can’t see anything, let alone sight in, I don’t go hunting. I’m just causing unnecessary disturbance in the forest,” was my explanation. I wanted to hunt deer and hunting wild boar at night was a non-issue for me.
It was a non-issue until November in my second year of hunting, when a keen boar hunter took me along to his hunting ground. On nights when the moon was full, he gradually introduced me to boar hunting in woods and fields and taught me everything he knew about managing and hunting wild boar. He taught me when and where to find wild boar, what they graze on and where, how to get to the hide quietly without disturbing them, and how to approach a foraging herd.
So lernte ich die Nachtjagd nach und nach schätzen und konnte noch im selben Winter meine erste Wildsau in einer Bilderbuchnacht mit Vollmond und geschlossener Schneedecke im Feld aus einer Rotte erlegen.
Since this great experience, I have developed a real passion for night hunting, something I never imagined would happen. I didn’t only want to hunt when the moon was full, but also when the light was less good, when the crafty old boars emerge. The ones who avoid the moonlight in open spaces. I went night hunting more often and had more and more success.
Then one night I reached my limits. Although I was able to get within 30 meters (100 feet) of a herd foraging in a meadow, I couldn’t get a clear view through my rifle scope and there was no chance of sighting-in. It was simply too dark. At the same time, there was a lot of pressure to reduce the damage to agricultural land caused by the wild boars. This pressure was too high to return to hunting only during the full moon.
I am particularly impressed by the simple, minimalist operation of the device, as well as its versatility. All the important settings, such as brightness, color modes, and display size, can be operated at the touch of a button. By eliminating any unnecessary functions, the product is very easy to use, because nearly every function has its own button on the device. These are arranged so conveniently that they are right under your fingers when holding it.
For hunting at night, this intuitive handling is important, because I often need to be able to operate the device very quickly in the dark. On top of this, the display always shows a sharp image. It is mounted on the rifle scope and shows the same sharp image.
Tobias Westen is a professional photographer and videographer who runs a media company in Aargau, Switzerland. His job involves hunting with his camera for the perfect shot and telling fascinating stories for company features and advertising films. In his private life he is a passionate night hunter and dog handler. He enjoys driven hunts with his Schwyz hound Hugo. The pair hunt wild boar together, either accompanied or from the hide.