【DE】JAGD & HUND 2023: Europe’s largest hunting show ready to roll

Popular nature and adventure extravaganza to provide a 360-degree exhibition showcase plus action-packed infotainment for a large international audience

From 24 to 29 January 2023, JAGD & HUND will once again offer keen hunters and hunting enthusiasts, dog lovers, nature lovers and entire family groups a compact overview of the hunting world plus an opportunity to acquaint themselves with all the latest product highlights. An extensive supporting programme will also serve up a host of novelties with a Hunters’ Blind Date event, free film premières from ‘Hunt on Demand’ and the #gearundbier – GEARTESTER.de pub table get-together to talk shop in a social setting. A multitude of content-rich expert talks, exciting hands-on highlights and demonstrations, and nature experiences for all the senses will be held for the first time across five stages and other special event areas. Culinary highlights will be provided by well-known Michelin-starred, TV and celebrity chefs at the popular WILD FOOD FESTIVAL with tastings, cooking demonstrations and detailed workshops on preparing game specialities. Tickets are available at jagd-und-hund.com.

 

Dortmund,  JAGD & HUND 2023 is all set to get underway at the end of January with a host of top exhibitors from all over the world including the who’s who of the industry from Italy, France, the UK, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, Denmark, Finland, South Africa, the US, Argentina and Canada.

 

Top suppliers and strong brands

 

Optical equipment and accessories will be presented by premium supplier Carl ZEISS, featuring high-quality drones, thermal imaging cameras and binoculars. The optics specialist recently scooped the ‘German Future Prize 2022’. Top exhibitors Bresser – with its high-quality night vision and thermal imaging equipment – and the Blaser Group, an leading innovator in the manufacture of premium hunting and sporting rifles, accessories and outdoor clothing, will also be present. Copterpro, an expert in drones fitted with thermal imaging cameras, will be there as well. If you’re looking for hunting equipment, clothing or canine accessories, you’ll find a wide variety on show from Eurohunt and Jagdwelt24. Special exhibitor highlights will include high-performance all-terrain vehicles from Land Rover and WILD LAND DRIVERS. For those with an interest in cooking, the professional barbecues and grills from Monolith for low & slow grilling and venison specialist Conrad Baierl a.k.a. the Game Butcher (‘Wilder Metzger’) will not fail to inspire. Brewing expert Veltins will be bringing along a variety of hop creations as the perfect complement. Thomas Feldmeier, a passionate hunter and hunting ground owner, will be providing information on cold storage and cutting rooms, while hunting tour operator Magic Safari Lodges inspires safari dreams in fantastic lodges.

 

>>> All exhibitors at a glance

 

Action-packed: new and popular highlights to watch and join in

 

Numerous activities are set to attract hunting enthusiasts to the venue’s stages such as that in Hall 5 where attractions will include a treasure hunt, the new Hunters’ Bind Date feature complete with after-party for singles, and a competition organised by hunters Teppe & Schwenen. Visitors will also be able to watch a raised hide being built by professionals. Interesting insights can be gained by visiting the thermal imaging mobile powered by Jagdwelt24 (exhibitor stand in Hall 4), and an adrenaline kick and a real off-road feeling can be had at the annual off-road vehicle obstacle course in Hall 3 where four-wheel-drive vehicles from Land Rover and Subaru will be mastering challenging obstacles, steep ascents, driving on slopes, and much more. The winner of the MEGA Raffle for young hunters at the stand of the State Hunting Association of North Rhine Westphalia can expect a package of equipment which is worth around 350 euros and chosen specifically with young hunters in mind.

 

A brand new get-together will be available to visitors at the #gearundbier GEARTESTER.de pub table event in the ‘HORRIDO’ social media area in Hall 7 for a sociable chat with experts from companies such as PUMA, Blaser, Sauer, Mauser and HIKMICRO. There will also be an opportunity to win attractive prizes sponsored by the participating companies. In addition, hunters and hunting enthusiasts will be able to experience a free film première from video platform ‘Hunt on Demand’ each day starting at 16:00 hrs and featuring high-quality video content including hunting videos from ‘Hunter Brothers’ and ‘Dreispross’.

 

Embarking on a ‘sustainable’ voyage of discovery with the NRW State Hunting Association

 

A special nature discovery experience will be on offer, organised by the State Hunting Association of North Rhine Westphalia in conjunction with the NRW German Woodland Protection Syndicate, the Regionalverband Ruhr regional development body and the Lernort Natur hunters’ initiative (Hall 3, Stand 3.A26). The Adventure Trail: Take care – deer crossing! will offer little ones an opportunity to learn about chance encounters with wild animals, work with wood, spin the wheel of fortune, and much more. The Essen Mobile Forest School will also be in action as part of the Lernort Natur hunters’ initiative. Trained members of the district hunters’ association will introduce children and adults to the world of foxes, rabbits, beetles and forest flora, and train their understanding of the beauty of nature. The topic of young game rescue, (Hall 6, Stand 6.B30) will also be covered at an information stand together with the people behind the project ‘LEPUS NRW – Preserving, Planning and Protecting Habitats’. The focus will be on the latest drone and camera technology, and also on useful tips for planning and running a rescue operation for young wildlife. Bonkhoff Game Processing (Hall 6, Stand 6.A39) will be putting the spotlight on tasty game from the Münsterland region in central Germany, serving warm snacks and small game delicacies and offering tips on minimising wastage in game cooking. Under the slogan ‘Every shot a hit’, visitors will be able to put their marksmanship to the test at the shooting range of hunting ammunition manufacturer RWS while simultaneously generating a donation for animal, nature and environmental protection.

 

Hunting with bows – come and chat to the professionals

 

The umbrella organisation for bowhunting clubs in Germany – the German Bowhunting Association (DBJV) – will inform hunters and interested visitors about the high training standards and training opportunities in bowhunting. Everyone will be welcome in Hall 8 to get their own first impressions under expert guidance and try out a compound bow themselves. The European Bowhunting Federation will also be in attendance, offering information on bowhunting, relevant requirements and possibilities in Europe. Topics also being covered by the German Bowhunting Association will include: ‘A look at the Nutria hunting project in Hagenau’ as well as ‘Urban hunting’ exemplifying the hunting of wild boar in Madrid. It will also report on the partnership with the Namibia Professional Hunting Association to ‘optimise training and preparation for bowhunting in Nambia’. “We are delighted to be presenting this fairly sophisticated hunting technique, which is still relatively unknown in Germany and is increasingly attracting interest and attention among hunters, and to be doing so at JAGD & HUND, Europe’s largest meeting place for hunters and hunting enthusiasts. Interested visitors will acquire a lot of general knowledge, becoming familiar with various new hunting projects, and will be able to rely on our expertise in choosing the right bow,” promises Christian Weiken, Trade Show and Events Consultant and Head of International Collaboration at the German Bowhunting Association.

 

Expertise, workshops and further training for real-life hunting

 

Throughout the entire show, a wide variety of talks on current affairs, legal matters and hunting-related topics will be given in the JAGD & HUND stage venues and event areas. Ideas and suggestions will be in abundance, for example, in numerous 30-minute talks on the ‘Vortragsbühne’ talks stage in Hall 5. As well as specialist contributions from well-known hunters ‘Teppe & Schwenen’ and agriculture publishers ‘Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag’, photographer Jenny Figge will be talking on the subject of ‘Photographing working gundogs – camera or smartphone?’. The Association of German Gunsmiths & Specialist Firearms Dealers will be reporting on ‘Interesting aspects of the amendment to firearms legislation’ which came into force on 1 September 2022. Jagdservice Franken will be giving listeners the benefit of its expertise on ‘Thermal imaging cameras and night vision in real-life hunting’, and a host of other information opportunities will also be available in Halls 5 and 6 on topics such as Young Hunters, Shooting, Martens in Homes and Cars, Women Hunters and Customs – all organised by the State Hunting Association of North Rhine Westphalia. Young hunters, for example, will find detailed information on training content and practical courses in Hall 6, Stand 6.A40. A ‘Training Day for District Hunters’ will also get underway from 10:00 hrs on 28 January in the Newsroom.

 

Visitors will also be able to obtain important professional input on the stage in the HORRIDO bloggers’ and influencers’ zone in Hall 7. Magazine publisher Zeitschriftenverlag Paul Parey will be in attendance for the first time, offering expert presentations in Hall 4 (‘Lübeck’ Room). The topics addressed will be ‘Leaf hunting’, ‘Stimulus hunting for foxes and raccoons’, ‘Deploying working gundogs after the shot’, ‘Safe retrieval’, ‘Basics of water work” and ‘Deer fighting’.

 

The perennial favourites at JAGD & HUND

 

Simply beastly: naturally, birds of prey and hunting dog breeds will once again take centre stage at JAGD & HUND, demonstrating their skills in Halls 3 and 4 in breathtaking falconry demonstrations and as faithful canine companions and working gundogs. Visitors to the show can relax to traditional hunting music played by brass bands in the event area in Hall 3 and on the special event stage in Hall 4. The German Deer Calling Championship will also be held again at the venue and will award prizes to the best stag imitators at 12:00 noon on 27 January in Hall 4. The top three winners will also qualify for the European Championship in 2023. In addition, the popular fashion shows here will present outdoor hunting utility clothing, traditional outfits and the latest fashion trends. Another exciting feature will be the key ongoing topic of wildlife rescue which will be covered by the State Hunting Association of North Rhine Westphalia and exhibitors such as drone specialist Copterpro.

 

The WILD FOOD FESTIVAL – fine game cuisine

 

In 2023, the WILD FOOD FESTIVAL in Hall 8 will once again be thrilling visitors with big-name culinary masters at work in the kitchen, and with exciting talks and tips and tricks on delicious game specialities live on stage. Gourmets and amateur chefs can sample tasty game dishes and accompanying aperitifs, browse for suitable accessories for their own kitchens and be inspired by well-known celebrity and Michelin-starred chefs at cooking demonstrations and in face-to-face cooking workshops: Wednesday, for example, will see popular Austrian TV chef Johann Lafer, famous from cooking shows such as ‘Himmel un Erd’ and ‘Lafer! Lichter! Lecker!’, cooking with abandon to the delight of onlookers. On Thursday, Michelin-starred chef Benedikt Faust will be demonstrating how to become a contender for a coveted star or two by serving up avant-garde gourmet game cuisine. Dirk Grammon will also be offering insights into his unmistakably French-influenced cuisine in his live cooking session on Saturday. Incidentally, he collected another Michelin star just this year. As in past years, State Hunting Association chefs Magdalene and Wolfgang Grabitz will be demonstrating homely-meets-exotic game cuisine from forest, field and stream to their audiences on each day of the show. Throughout the entire week, experts will guide visitors daily on stage through a veritable encyclopedia of game cuisine – from A to Z.

 

Admission to the WILD FOOD FESTIVAL is already included in the JAGD & HUND ticket. Exclusive workshops with well-known celebrity, TV and Michelin-starred chefs, where visitors can wield the wooden spoon themselves in a professional setting, are among the special offerings at the WILD FOOD FESTIVAL which are available to be booked separately.

 

>>> WILD FOOD FESTIVAL Stage Show & Workshop Programme

>>> Overview of the entire supporting programme at JAGD & HUND

 

Informative and multi-faceted: the high-diversity world of associations

 

The following national and international associations are supporting the upcoming JAGD & HUND show with information, interaction and specific initiatives: From Germany, organisations in attendance will include the show’s conceptual partners the State Hunting Association of North Rhine Westphalia (LJV NRW) and the Working Gundog Association (JGHV) as well as the German Bowhunting Association (DBJV). Also present will be the Rhineland Private Hunting Landowners’ & Hunting Cooperatives’ Special Interest Group (RVEJ) and the Westphalia-Lippe Association of Hunting Cooperatives & Private Hunting Grounds ( VJE). The Royal Dutch Hunters’ Association (KNJV) will be travelling to Dortmund. The Royal Belgian St. Hubertus Club (KSHCB) and the Hubertus Society of Flanders (HVV) will also be at the show. Also participating will be the International Council for Game & Wildlife Conservation (CIC), the European Federation for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) and the European Bowhunting Federation (… EBF).

 

Come along to FISCH & ANGEL!

 

Visitors to JAGD & HUND also get free admission to FISCH & ANGEL, the premier trade show for angling enthusiasts where avid anglers and newcomers can discover what’s new in the world of fishing tackle, accessories and clothing, and make purchases right at the venue. As well as a host of stand activities, this well-known industry get-together includes two forums of great interest to anglers: the Fishery Forum and the Sea Angling Forum with numerous talks, demonstrations and celebrity and professional anglers from across Germany and beyond.

 

Press Planner: Invitation to cutting-edge hunting topics with the experts

 

Once again this year, JAGD & HUND will be offering press representatives a wide range of interview opportunities with industry experts on current and other significant topics in hunting and society. These include interview options with Nicole Heitzig, President of the State Hunting Association of North Rhine Westphalia, or with Dr. Rodgers Lubilo, Chief of the Zambia National Community Resources Board Association. Packaged in a compact form, this will offer near-daily inspiration on a variety of subject matter, and also provide a direct line to the right point of contact and the right industry expert. Whether your interest lies in current gun laws, the coexistence of humans and wildlife in urban environments, the role of nature conservation and ways to achieve climate-stable forests, the trend towards more female hunters, faithful gundog companions or game highlights such as ‘Nutria in the kitchen’ – the Press Planner offers an all-round view of relevant current topics of interest plus a review of the developments following the International Conference on Wildlife Management organised by Resource Africa and held at the Kongress Dortmund convention centre at the end of May 2022 involving representatives from Africa and local politicians from Dortmund. The Press Planner also details interesting events to which all press representatives are cordially invited. You will find the Press Planner at the press counter of Messe Dortmund.

 

 

Other interesting and important notes:

 

Collectors will love them …

The coveted show badges will be on sale at the North Entrance – while stocks last.

 

Bringing dogs

All dogs are welcome, but must be shown to have been vaccinated against rabies at least 21 days prior to the show (vaccination card must be presented).

 

Important note on travelling to the event

Due to the increased volume of traffic during the show, we recommend you enter ‘Maurice-Vast-Straße’ as the destination address in your satnav. From this destination address, local signposting will direct you to the appropriate car parking facilities.

 

Show’s WebApp

The WebApp gives users touchscreen access to classified lists of products and exhibitors, hall layouts, search facilities and a whole lot more:

webapp.jagdundhund.de/en/app/jagdundhund2023.

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