What new trends do you see in hunting?
The biggest trend is digital riflescopes with night vision. It was something we could only dream of in the past, but advances in technology have made such equipment much more accessible to the wider public.
And then it would have to be the arrival of modern materials, such asgun supports. Something that not so long ago nobody wanted to carry around, since it was cumbersome and heavy, is now light, strong and fits into just about any pocket. It’s very useful to have on a hunt.
How do you motivate yourself to improve your shooting skills?
I enjoy shooting and spend a lot of time at the shooting range. I always say that for me, shooting is a form of meditation, as well as relaxation after a day spent in my demanding role as the Director of a company.
Another aspect is the fact that if I want to shoot guns, I must be able to handle them properly, which would be impossible without training and practice. This is crucial for guaranteeing safety.
What are you doing to ensure gun safety?
Nothing special. I don’t point my gun at anything I don’t intend to shoot. I keep my fingers away from the trigger at all times. And since I have children, my gun is always kept in a safe at home, even if it’s only for several minutes at a time.
There is an overpopulation of hoofed game and wild boar in our forests, do you also hunt these animals?
Of course. Otherwise, it wouldn’t work. We need to understand that in the Czech Republic, these animals have no natural enemies, not even the wolf, even though the media tries to present this case.
I would also tread carefully with the term overpopulation and the claim that hunters and gamekeepers don’t know how to control it. There was an outbreak of African swine fever not so long ago that spread across Europe. The Czech Republic was the only European country to deal with this problem effectively and it was us, the hunters, who greatly contributed to its success.
Can you tempt someone to become a hunter in three sentences?
One sentence will be enough: Come with me to the forest and I’ll show you what a beautiful hobby hunting can be…