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#closer2hunting To hunt is to protect.

July 07 2019

#closer2hunting To hunt is to protect.

Animal-loving hunters? A contradiction in terms? Can nature conservationists go hunting? Are you permitted to be both – enthusiastic ornithologist and passionate hunter?

What appear to be opposites are in fact aspects that Patrick Hundorf is effortlessly combining. Born and raised in Germany, he is not only an animal-loving hunter, ecologist, and ornithologist, but also a committed protector of the habitats and species of his homeland. In his eyes, loving nature and hunting responsibly are branches of the same tree.

„Nature is not only life, it is also my life.“ – Patrick Hundorf

All animals, no matter whether they may be hunted or not, are dear to Patrick Hundorf’s heart. Together with his hunting friends, he is protecting and preserving the native animal species in his hunting region located in the Sauerland, Germany, and beyond.

 

The diverse hunting grounds spread over almost 1,000 hectares (about 2,500 acres) across the highlands and offer to the most diverse habitats. The forests, fields, streams, and quarry are home to roe deer, wild boar, hare, mallard ducks, pigeons, predator game, and raccoons. There are also some endangered animal species, which are not hunted, such as the Eagle Owl, the Black Stork, the Red Kite, the Fire Salamander, and the Great Grey Shrike. For that reason, the area is of high ecological value.

“Nature is the foundation of our lives. Its diversity is a legacy we must both cherish and protect.” – Patrick Hundorf

However, not everything is sunshine and roses. The season 2018/19 was devastating for the forest stand in Patrick Hundorf’s hunting grounds. Drought, storms, and the bark beetle were straining the forests, resulting in bare areas. Landowners and rangers realized that only healthy mixed forests are up to these challenges. Such tree populations are robust, help the climate, and support species protection. In order to develop mixed forests, one needs a healthy stock of game. A more diverse tree population can prosper much more easily if hunters focus their efforts on bagging roe deer in these areas. Consequently, they would hunt less in other regions. With these measures, hunters are actively contributing to preserve the forest, protect biodiversity, and help adapt the ecosystem to better meet the challenges of climate change.

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Besides preserving nature through hunting, Patrick Hundorf is involved in various projects safeguarding the local fauna. For these endeavours, he is supported by SWAROVSKI OPTIK. Patrick Hundorf relentlessly examines the populations in their habitats - regardless of whether the Golden Eagle, the Fire Salamander, the Northern Lapwing or the Corn Bunting are the object of investigation – in order to actively contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.

„Protecting species in the agrarian landscape is an issue that is very dear to my heart, especially because stocks have been declining at an alarming pace.” – Patrick Hundorf

As ecologist and attentive observer, Patrick Hundorf has been noticing numerous negative developments over the years. Their impact has become more and more apparent in recent time

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However, there is hope, especially due to the fact that today everyone seems to be talking about protecting nature. The drastic decline in insects is raising awareness for the radical changes in the ecosystem. In Bavaria, a referendum for biodiversity has shown that the German population cares for the future of their natural heritage.

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Patrick Hundorf is convinced that mankind can live in harmony with nature. The sustainable and extensive use of the cultivated landscape is key to that goal.

„Many species benefit from cultivated areas, as long as they are used sustainably and extensively. This is the only way we can ensure a healthy coexistence in the long run. Otherwise, we are leaving many animal and plant species behind.” – Patrick Hundorf

Besides his hunting friends, the EL 10x50 binoculars and Z8i 2.3-18x56 riflescope are accompanying Patrick Hundorf whenever he is wandering through the hunting grounds. His equipment of the highest quality by SWAROVSKI OPTIK gives him the surety he needs to be a responsible hunter. Sustainable hunting means revering and respecting deer. The EL Range supports him in finding and charting the nests of the Northern Lapwing. Also for this conservation effort, premium optics are key in order to obtain valid data and painting a representative picture of the population’s status quo.

Get to know Patrick Hundorf in this cinematic portrait and follow him on Instagram @patrickdogvillage.

For further aspects completing this inspiring personality, check out the article "#closer2hunting Nature's call - and Patrick Hundorf's response".

 


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