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Master Sgt. Matt Cervantes of the Joint Multinational Training Command, one of six U.S. personnel who graduated from the Outdoor Recreation Center’s hunting course at the Grafenwöhr Skeet Range on Wednesday, barbecues to the music of German hunters.

Master Sgt. Matt Cervantes of the Joint Multinational Training Command, one of six U.S. personnel who graduated from the Outdoor Recreation Center’s hunting course at the Grafenwöhr Skeet Range on Wednesday, barbecues to the music of German hunters. (Seth Robson / S&S)

Jonathon Santy lines up a target at Grafenwöhr under the watchful eye of instructors Dale Doeden, standing, and Mikael Saalborn during qualfication for a German hunting license last month.

Jonathon Santy lines up a target at Grafenwöhr under the watchful eye of instructors Dale Doeden, standing, and Mikael Saalborn during qualfication for a German hunting license last month. (Seth Robson / S&S)

Outdoor Recreation Center instructor Dale Doeden congratulates graduates of the hunting course at the Grafenwohr Skeet Range on Wednesday.

Outdoor Recreation Center instructor Dale Doeden congratulates graduates of the hunting course at the Grafenwohr Skeet Range on Wednesday. (Seth Robson / S&S)

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Red deer trophies shot here last year — including a 20-pound monster pair of antlers from an animal harvested in Grafenwöhr Training Area — will be on display at Vilseck on Saturday.

The Red Deer Antlers Trophy Show — or Rotwildschau — will include trophies from all the best stags shot in and around Grafenwöhr and Hohenfels training areas last year.

There are about 5,000 red deer at Grafenwöhr, making it the largest herd in Germany. About 1,500 deer are shot there each year by hunters who pay thousands of euros for the right to shoot prime bucks.

Deputy forestry director for Grafenwöhr, Christian Luecke, 46, said Friday that the trophies would be on show to the public 2-4 p.m. in the Barn at Heringnohe near Vilseck Airfield.

“The largest trophy weighs 9.3 kilograms (20.4 pounds),” Luecke said. “It was shot in the training area and was one of the largest killed in Germany last year.”

The show also will feature experts talking about red deer management, he said.

Grafenwöhr Forestry Director Ulrich Maushake will give his annual report to the public, and guest speakers include Dr. Günther Baumer, vice president of the Bavarian Hunting Association; Hans-Jürgen Gross, president of the Hunting Association Oberpfalz North; and Eduard Hierl, president of the Hunting Association Oberpfalz South. The Hunting Horn Players Amberg will perform.

The show should be of interest to U.S. personnel who graduated from the Outdoor Recreation Center’s hunting course this week. The two-month course, which is required before U.S. personnel can obtain a German hunting license, included instruction on the types of game that can be hunted in Germany, German hunting traditions and language.

One of the recently graduated Jungjaegers — Joint Multinational Training Command automation system administrator Jonathon Santy, 46, of Green Bay, Wis. — said he would recommend the hunting course to any U.S. personnel in Germany.

“My favorite part was learning about the traditions and the natural biology and wildlife … the different species of game in Germany such as the mouflon (mountain sheep) and deer,” he said.

The course was also a great place to make friends, he added.

“You meet some really interesting people including German hunters who give you the German point of view on hunting,” he said.

Santy said he’d hunted deer and game birds back in Wisconsin but that he was looking forward to hunting in Germany with a local relative.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.

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