Children go hunting

Holiday fun in Radeformwald
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Forest dwellers have visitors

As part of the fun holiday program, about 20 children were walking around with hunters on raised hides in the hunting grounds to observe the jungle animals together.

There is a lot of activity in the parking lot behind the town hall. It’s Wednesday evening, it’s still humid and warm, and a few drops are about to fall from the gray sky. Many children there, excited hum. There were also plenty of adults, mostly in green and leashed dogs. Claudia Molney of Hegering Radevormwald suddenly explains the sound of hunting horns: “Now the hunters are being called, that’s a signal to leave.” The dogs notice this, too, as they become anxious, and some sobbing—not just the big dog Claudia Molney has on a leash. “He’s old and doesn’t hear that well anymore,” she says with a smile. With that, of course he wants to be there.

Children gather, and take one last look at the rolling woodland school wagon, where many inhabitants of the stuffed forest can be seen – squirrels, wild boars, owls, antelopes or weasels. “Hopefully, you’ll be able to see many animals in real life,” says Heggering chief Volker Grossmann.

Hegering once again offers a fun evening for the kids as part of the holiday fun – “On the Roaming…With the Fisherman to the Highchair” is the name of the show. “We’ve been showing this for a number of years – and it’s used so regularly that we always have a waiting list,” Claudia Molney says. On Wednesday evening, 20 children and young people aged 8-16 attended. And after a few introductory words from Director Hegering, the partitioning begins. It’s individual supervision – each child goes with a hunter to one of the hides in the 13 hunting grounds in the woods around Radeformwald. “You have a beautiful adventure ahead of you, I hope you can see a lot of animals through binoculars,” Grossman says. She leads seven-year-old Eleonora to a hideout in the village of Remelingrad with fisherman Dennis Willems. The girl is visibly excited and speaks without a comma or comma as she walks in the meadow to the highchair with her companion. “I have been a hunter for five years, and I found out about it through my partner, who is also a hunter. My motive is animal welfare,” says Dennis Willems. Eleonora also heard about this. She says seriously: “Hunters not only shoot animals, they help them too. Even if she respects the gun Dennis Wilmes takes from the trunk of her Jeep. “You better wear that, I don’t like it,” says the girl.

She says the seven-year-old would like to see a fox. Dennis Willems replied, “That would be great!” “We are very likely to see deer or rabbits. They come out early in the evening. Wild boars tend to come later – but we have a cornfield here by the skin. They like to go there, we might be lucky,” says the hunter.

It’s not just an observation of what kids do with fishermen. It is also about information. About saving Kitz. Dennis Willems reports on this. “That’s nice,” Eleonora comments. Then he asks, “But how do you find the mother of the deer to fawn on her again?” Dennis Willems replies, “That’s interesting – deer have a tearful secretion that a mother can smell from very far away.” The seven-year-old is visibly surprised.

Upon reaching the highchair, the two climb up. “First, I’ll see if the wasps haven’t built a nest in it. They’re very quick to handle it,” says Denise Willems, but it can provide all the clarity right away. Inside is very simple – but at least there’s enough space a hunter can sleep there too “Now we will be staying here for a few hours. Let’s see what we find,” says the fisherman.

Eleonora’s wish will come true later in the evening. “We were very fortunate to see a fox, a rabbit, and so many deer,” says Denise Willems.

When it gets dark, the kids and their stalking companions gather again in the parking lot behind the town hall. To share experiences and observations of course. “But also for driving into the bowl. That’s what we fishermen call it when there’s something to eat. We really wanted to have a barbecue, but that didn’t work, so there’s a cold snack and drinks,” says Claudia Molney.

The kids won’t care, after all, they just had a really exciting evening.

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