The hunt is on for Germany’s champion deer caller.
Enthusiasts grunted, bawled and bellowed their way through imitations of red deer in the breeding season in the 14th edition of the competition at the Hunter & Dog Trade Fair in the city of Dortmund.
Heiko Hornung, who is one of the judges and editor of ‘Game & Dog’ magazine, explained: “The hunters use this technique to make a deer believe that the hunter is a rival deer and to approach the hunter. This gives the hunter the possibility to check out what the deer is like. If the deer meets the hunting rules they can go after it.”
Competitors took part in three categories; mimicking the call of a young deer, a dominant rutting buck, and an older animal.
Germany’s champion deer caller, 46-year-old Tasoo Wolzenburg from North Rhine-Westphalia, said: “This time we had a lot of young people in the competition, a lot of professional hunters with very good voices. If I had been a deer I would have been astonished today.”
Wolzenburg showed off his championship call which will take him to the European Deer Calling Championship in Lithuania in September.