Types of hunting

  • Stalking


    The aim of this fascinating form of hunting is to pick up the trail of your target, stalk it and finally bring it down. In the case of hoofed game, in particular, this is an exciting but difficult form of hunting, which requires a great deal of knowledge about the quarry and the field conditions: the secretive buck that you have been tracking for so long could be lurking just around the next corner.

    The greatest chance of success is to stalk the game as it searches for new grazing. Conventional wisdom states that you should always stalk against the wind and try to remain unnoticed as much as possible by wearing non-rustling clothes. The opportunity to take a shot tends to arise suddenly and you need to react equally quickly to decide whether the target is suitable or not. Therefore you need optics that allow you to identify the game quickly and acquire it as your target. In this situation it is a great advantage to have a pair of binoculars and a riflescope from Carl Zeiss with a wide field of view.  The shot is often taken with the rifle supported on a tree or a target stick, so reticles that are suitable for daylight use offer a tangible benefit. They allow you to acquire your target in next to no time and you can be ready to take your shot- even in moments of high tension.

    Stalking is still seen as the most challenging form of hunting, so that many hunters even talk of this sophisticated outdoor pursuit as a form of high art.

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    Stand hunting

    At last it is here: the moment you have been waiting for. The magnificent stag strides out into the open as the last light begins to fade.

    As your target approaches you wait on your stand, with its advantageous position looking out over the open ground, field or salt lick. You may be hunting from a high stand, a ladder stand, a simple hide or even a shooting stick. The critical factor in your success is your knowledge of the field: where does the game emerge into the open space or where in the wood does it tend to gather? For example, the mouflon, which tends to be active during the day, prefers to come out in the warmth of the sunshine while the wild boar only emerge at night. These are the essential questions asked during stand hunting. Enjoy the fascination of the first or last light of the day, or the excitement of stand hunting at night. Bright riflescopes and binoculars from Carl Zeiss make it possible for you to bring down secretive or nocturnal game, even in difficult light conditions.

    Often the animals will only appear in the last traces of twilight or, if the moon allows, in the night. The success or otherwise of stand hunting depends not only on the skill of the hunter but also on the brightness of his optics.

    If your set-up allows, you can take advantage of the good support options offered by stand hunting to take further shots. You can generally have enough time available to place your shot with care. This is where rangefinders and ballistic solutions prove extremely useful.

  • Longrange

    Long-range shooting

    Making a sure shot at long range in a wide open space - that is the attraction of this challenging form of hunting. You wait for the game, such as predators in open grassland or naturally open landscapes.

    You can attract game in order to bring far-off animals to within shooting distance. The opportunities for the shot can be seen well in advance, which means you have plenty of time to employ ballistic solutions such as the bullet drop compensator. Even with the aid of such ballistic concepts it still comes down to you and your skill as a marksman. Take advantage of the top quality equipment from Carl Zeiss. Since it is seldom associated with stalking the weight is less of an issue. The greatest help comes from the ballistic solutions such as ASV, Rapid-Z® or BIS® in the Victory RF. Make use of the detailed images of highly magnifying riflescopes, binoculars or spotting scopes. They will help you to identify your target with confidence and ensure your ultimate success.

  • Drive

    Driven hunt

    The game often appears suddenly and unexpectedly: a slight rustling and suddenly a pack of wild boar bursts out in front of you. It's up to you to make the most of this sudden opportunity to shoot.

    In this exciting form of hunting you work with others, supported by beaters and dogs. You can expect to see a diverse range of different game, driven towards you at a run as you stand and wait. This form of hunting is primarily for hoofed game and predators such as foxes. You have to be constantly on the alert and fully equipped to take a quick shot at fast-moving game. Riflescopes for the driven hunt, such as the 1.1-4x24, or reflex sights are ideal in this case due to their field of view. The wide field of view is a critical factor, enabling you to sight your target even on narrow paths with a limited field of view and field of fire. You are also able to keep the surrounding area in view at all times, thereby minimising the danger to beaters or your fellow huntsmen. An illuminated dot for daylight use and a driven hunt reticle also make rapid target acquisition much easier. A large eye relief on the riflescopes ensures that you can take aim quickly and be ready to fire.

  • Safari


    Out of Africa. There are few forms of hunting that capture the imagination of hunting enthusiasts more than the thought of going after graceful antelopes on the African plains or bagging one of the mighty Big Five. Have you been tempted? You can look forward to long days of stalking through often rich and varied vegetation and wonderful natural spectacles. When hunting antelope on the plains you can position yourself at various shooting distances to capture supremely good looking game. A variable lens is a great benefit here. When hunting the Big Five, such as the powerful buffalo, it is better to shoot from a closer distance, and a wide field of view is therefore essential - particularly when a well-armoured animal takes you on and you need to take that lifesaving second shot quickly, and above all precisely, while on the run. You therefore need to rely on the robust and utterly reliable equipment from Carl Zeiss, designed to be as lightweight as possible so that you can save your energy for focussing on your shots.

  • Mountain

    Mountain hunting

    Hunting in mountainous terrain is the crowning glory of the hunting world. Great skill and physical fitness are important in equal measure when you climb up into the mountains to bag ibex or chamois, for example. Long hours of stalking and physically demanding terrain are characteristic of this form of hunting, as is the fact that you have to work hard for every successful shot. Then again, that is the whole attraction of mountain hunting.

    The shooting distances are often greater than 100 metres or even 200 metres - which is why it is essential to have precision long-range shooting equipment. However, when it comes to the optics, as with all other items of equipment, weight is an important factor. You will be only to happy to do without those extra grammes when you have to deal with high altitude ascents and then carry your quarry back down into the valley below. The riflescopes and binoculars for this form of daytime hunting are both very compact and extremely good for long-range shooting. Ballistic solutions such as the bullet drop compensator, the Rapid-Z® reticle or the BIS® in the Victory RF help you when shooting these noble mountain animals.

  • Sport Shooting

    Shooting sports

    Precision and dynamics are the main appeal of the shooting sports. Whether you are using a rifle at a distant stationary target or on the move with a handgun it's the results that count. Static shooting requires detailed imaging performance and maximum contrast in order that you can make your sighting as accurate as possible. A high magnification makes it easier to take precision shots at distances of several hundred metres. The dynamic disciplines are very different. Rapid target acquisition even when on the move is what makes these disciplines so appealing. Whether you are using a handgun or a semi-automatic rifle like a shotgun, a reflex sight will improve the accuracy of your shots. The wide field of view and shooting with both eyes open enable you to make your shots with speed and precision.

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