American Hunter - December 2013 - 53

At dark on the last day, Frenchman
Yann Richard, center, bagged the ultimate trophy in any driven-game hunt.

it smelled. Horribly. I mean it smelled bad.
Phil saw me wrinkling my nose. "Ahh,
that rubbish," he snorted. "I won't eat it.
Smells like *@^. If I were you, when no
one was looking, I'd toss it over my shoulder and never give it a second thought."
I realized he was right so that's exactly
what I did. And I forgot about Rome.
M M M
hen I shot the big sow, Hubert, a
Pole, placed an evergreen sprig
in her mouth, removed his hat,
said a few words then offered his hand in
congratulations. Best I can tell it's a German tradition. Another tradition I observed
proclaims a "king of the hunt" to honor the a stag trotted up and out of the bottomland
fellow who shoots the best game of the day. and across the forest floor before me. It
wasn't the stag in the Hartford Insurance
At the end of day two that was me.
For the last drive, I was dropped off in commercial but it was exactly the kind
a vast evergreen forest on a plateau above Torb urged the hunt master to allow me
a marshy plain. I could see for hundreds or Gunnar to shoot. I couldn't believe my
of yards, a scene an untrained eye might luck. I took a rest against a tree, and fired.
mistake for barrenness. I knew better,
In the truck, Klaus offered congratulaespecially when the shooting started. But tions: "Waidmannsheil." It is a German
none of the shooting was near me and it expression, and essentially it means
didn't seem like I'd get in any, either. Then "hunter's salute."

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"Waidmannsdank," I said, which
roughly means "a hunter thanks you."
I was learning.
At the campfire that night when we
celebrated the hunt (my stag, a fox, four
roe does, five pigs), I received a medal. I
also got to say a few words. I thanked the
hunt master, Arek, and the beaters for their
hard work. I thanked  and Norma for
their hospitality. Lastly, I thanked a Frenchman for graciously loaning me a German


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