On the penultimate weekend of October the time had finally come and the journey to Slovenia to the first Steiner Ambassador hunting events began. The event should - besides the meeting of the 10 participants/brand ambassadors from all over Europe - be completely dedicated to hunting. The Slovenian Alps with an excellent stock of chamois, red, mouflon and roe deer made all participants eagerly await the first hunting day. On Friday we went into the mountains before sunrise. Hunting took place in two groups, which were accompanied by local professional hunters. All groups hunted on approximately 43,000 ha and thus the largest contiguous hunting ground in Slovenia. Since this hunting ground is enormous, all participants were on their way to different corners of the hunting ground. The landscape in Slovenia is unique and the autumn had transformed the mountain forests into a sea of colours, the sight of which made the strenuous ascent into the mountains forgotten. The main activity was stalking and grazing the mountain slopes for chamois.
The Ranger Xtreme 10x42 and 8x42 did an excellent job in finding chamois on the steep slopes. We also use the Steiner LRF 10x30 to determine distances in the mountains that are difficult to estimate.
Right on the first morning 3 participants managed to stretch a chamois and the joy about the rare hunting success in this breathtaking landscape was huge. The weather showed its best side and so both groups stayed in the mountains the whole day. In the evening everyone met again in the accommodation, a rustic farmhouse, where they had a hearty Slovenian meal and exchanged a lot about the experiences of the day. The physical exertion of mountain hunting was a new experience for many and made the hunt all the more challenging and exciting.
The next day clouds had settled around the mountains and made the hunt more difficult, as in the higher areas where the chamois were, the visibility was less than twenty metres, making stalking more difficult. Before sunrise the groups went into the mountains again and stalked at the cloud border in search of game. Besides red deer and mouflon, chamois were also seen on this day. But most of them were far more than 500 meters away and therefore not reachable to get a safe shot. In the last hour another chamois could be shot when the clouds cleared for a short moment. The Ranger 4-16x56
rifle scope did an excellent job here, both with the response and with the higher shooting distances up to 300 meters. Even if not all participants had "Waidmannsheil", all found themselves in the evening again happy and satisfied in the accommodation. It was a long evening, at the end of which everyone fell into their beds from the efforts and the unique impressions and experiences. On Sunday it was time to say goodbye again and everyone returned home with new and unforgettable impressions.