Tradition in Germany

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Hunter’s Branch (Schützenbruch)
The hunter’s branch is a branch that is dipped into the blood of cloven hoofed game following the kill. The branch is then placed on a hunting hat and presented to the successful hunter with the word “Waidmannsheil”. The branch must be of a native german tree, mainly of trees oak, pine, spruce, white fir and alder.
The hunter responds with “Waidmannsdank” and places the branch at the right side of their hat with the upper side of the branch outward. When wounded game is tracked down by a dog, the dog handler will present the branch to the hunter. The hunter will return a piece of the branch to the dog handler who, in turn, breaks off another piece and puts it in the dog’s collar.

In hunting broken branches represent an ethical and aesthetic function. When hunting alone, the hunter should remember to place the hunter’s branch in their own hat.
The understanding of the hunters to each other using this signs is still of great importance, also for the hunting operation of our time.


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    Truly appreciate the German hunting traditions which honor the animal taken, the hunter and the great sport of hunting!

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    David Mawer (Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:15)

    Thanks for the article. It finally allowed me to understand this order from 1. Gebirgsjäger Division:

    Tagenbefehl 22,15 Uhr Div.St.Qu.,
    Aus Anlass und zur Feier das für 25.6., 01,35 Uhr festgelegten Abschlusses des Waffenstillstandes mit Frankreich verfüge ich, dass die gesamte Fussmarschgruppe der 1. Geb.Div. ab 25.6. für 3 Tage den grünen Bruch trägt.
    Der Bruch (möglichst Eiche) ist an der linken Mützenseite, Spitze nach vorwarts - aufwärts zeigend, zwischen dem Edelweiss durchgesteckt zum tragen.
    Funkspruch im Klartext an sämtl. Marschgruppen.
    Durch Kradmelder an Qu.Abt.

    In English:
    Day command 22:15 Div.St.Qu.,
    On the occasion and in celebration of the conclusion of the ceasefire with France, which was set for 25.6.40, 01.35h, the entire marching group of the 1st Geb.Div. from 25.6.40, for 3 days, is to wear the green Hunter’s branch.
    The Hunter’s branch (if possible oak) is worn on the left side of the cap, point forward - pointing upwards, between the Edelweiss & fastener.
    Radio message in plain text on all marching groups.
    By m/c messenger to Batn. HQ.