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Hunting, Fishing, Sport Shooting

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All Hunting, Fishing and Sport Shooting programs are being held again, but limited with social distancing. Hunting and Fishing classes limited to 18 students. Recreational Shooting is normal, but only five shooters are permitted on ranges instead of 10. If ranges are full, participants must get back in line after shooting a box of ammo before shooting their next box.

Program Overview 

There are many opportunities for U.S. Forces personnel to hunt, fish, and enjoy sport shooting in Germany. Contact Outdoor Recreation for further details.

Hunters may seek game including Red Deer (Rotwild), Roe Deer (Rehwild), Fallow Deer (Damwild), Wild Boar (Schwarzwild) and Chamois (Gamswild). Fishers will find several varieties of trout (Bachforelle, Regenbogenforelle, Bachsaibling, and Seesaibling), catfish (Waller or Wels) and pike (Hecht) along with many other fish in the waters of Germany and other European countries.

The German government permits the U.S. Forces in Europe to conduct courses that allow U.S. Forces personnel to qualify for a foreigner's hunting license, fishing license, and/or recreational sport shooting certification in Germany. Volunteer U.S. Forces personnel instruct courses in English at IMCOM-Europe garrisons and U.S. Air Forces Europe bases. Refer to Class listings or call Outdoor Recreation at your local garrison or Air Force base for detailed information.

The main emphasis of our training in hunting, fishing, and sport shooting courses is to learn German laws and traditions that are a bit more thorough when compared with licensing requirements in the states. However, the training in safety, game identification and overall procedures provides hunters, fishers, and sport shooters with knowledge and abilities to become more well-rounded in their outdoor experiences.

After gaining certification, U.S. Forces personnel may obtain German hunting/fishing licenses and join in hunting and fishing traditions that go back several hundred years, as well as becoming eligible for our hunting and fishing instructor program. U.S. Forces sport shooting certification enables U.S. Forces personnel to buy and possess firearms that they may use for enjoying training and competition throughout their assignment in Germany.

More information on the Hunting, Fishing and Sport Shooting program through the Army Europe Region 215-145 and U.S. Air Forces Europe Instruction 34-104, dated November 14, 2017.

AER_215-145_USAFE-I_34-104_R_2017-11-14.pdf

Traditional seasons for hunting courses are in Spring and Fall.

Hunting in Germany

Please note: Forms must printed out, filled out and submitted to local authorities

Hunting Instructional Materials

The following links provide individual sections for the U.S. Forces Guide to Hunting in Germany. Each section is limited in size to ensure quick download speed.

Guide_00_Contents_2013-08.pdf

Guide_01-02_References_Purpose_2013-08.pdf

Guide_03_History_2013-08.pdf

Guide_04_History_of_U.S._Forces_Hunting_2013-08.pdf

Guide_05_German_Hunting_Law_2013-08.pdf

Guide_06_German_Weapons_Law_2013-08.pdf

Guide_07a_Hunting_Equipment_2013-08.pdf

Guide_07b_Hunting_Weapons_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08a_Red_Deer_Reduced_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08b_Fallow_Deer_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08c_Sika_Deer_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08d_Roe_Deer_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08e_Chamois_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08f_Mouflon_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08g_Wild_Boar_2014-02.pdf

Guide_08h_Hare_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08i_Rabbit_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08j1_Pheasant_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08j2_Partridge_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08j3_Woodcock_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08j4_Wild_Pigeons_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08k1_Wild_Ducks_Red_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08k2_Wild_Geese_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08l1_Red_Fox_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08l2-7_Predatory_Game_2014-02.pdf

Guide_08m1-8_Predatory_Birds_Red_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08n1-5_Other_Game_2013-08.pdf

Guide_09_Hunting_Dogs_1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_09_Hunting_Dogs_2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_10a_Diseases1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_10a_Diseases2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_10a_Diseases3_2013-08.pdf

Guide_10b_Hygiene1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_10b_Hygiene_Red2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_11_Hunting_Techniques_Red_2014-06.pdf

Guide_12_Trophy_Preparation_1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_12_Trophy_Preparation_2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_13_Nature_Protection_1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_13_Nature_Protection_2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_14_Animal_Protection_1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_14_Animal_Protection_2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_15_Hunting_Traditions_2013-08.pdf

Guide_16_US_Forces_Procedures_2018-09.pdf

Guide_16a_Documentation_for_Loaned_or_Borrowed_Long_Firearm_2013-08.pdf

Guide_17_Hunter_Dialect_2013-08.pdf

Guide_18_German_English_Dictionary_2013-08.pdf

Efforts are underway to provide english-language explanations for terms within the "Hunter Dialect" (Jägersprache) file, as soon as possible. However, many of the terms in the "Hunter Dialect" file are translated in the German-English and English-German dictionary.

Fishing Opportunities

Similar to hunting, garrison programs at Ansbach, Baumholder, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart, Wiesbaden has nearby opportunities for fishing.

Fishing in Germany requires a German fishing license, obtainable via instruction and certification.

Many opportunities exist, ranging from local ponds and streams, to overnight excursions with deep-sea fishing in the North Sea!

Fishing Instructional Materials

1_-_Cover__Contents_2013-03.pdf

2_-_Section_II_Fishing_Law_Cond_2013-03.pdf

3_-_Section_III_Hydrology_Cond_2013-03.pdf

4_-_Section_IV_Fishing_Equipment_Cond_2013-03.pdf

5_-_Section_V_General_Ichtyology_Cond_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_55-57_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_58_Brown_Trout_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_59_Rainbow_Trout_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_60_Brook_Trout_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_61_Arctic_Char_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_62_Grayling_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_63_Barbel_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_64_Bream_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_65_Carp_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_66_Tench_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_67_Chub_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_68_Roach_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_69_Rudd_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_70_Ide_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_71_Dace_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_72_Nose_Carp_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_73_Whitefish_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_74_Burbot_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_75_Crucian_Carp_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_76_Pike_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_77_Perch_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_78_Pike-Perch_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_79_Eel_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_80_Bleak_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_81_Ruff_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_82_White_Bream_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_83_Stickleback_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_84_Millers_Thumb_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_85_Stroemer_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_86_Schneider_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_87_River_Lamprey_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_88_Moderlieschen_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_89_Bitterling_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_90_Loach_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_91_Steinbeisser_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_92_Pond_Loach_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_93_European_Catfish_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_94_Bullhead_2013-03.pdf

7_-_Section_VII_Fish_Diseases_2013-03.pdf

8_-_Section_VIII_Fishing_Water_Contracts_Cond_2013-03.pdf

9_-_Section_IX_Fishing_Courses_Cond_2013-03.pdf

Sport Shooting Opportunities

Aside from participating on a regular basis, either in training or in competitions, sport shooting certification in Germany requires individuals to complete a basic knowledge course.  The course is normally conducted on a Saturday and Sunday, and it features instruction, hands-on practical work, and a written test.  After completing the course and documenting regular (average 1.5 activities per month) participation, individuals may proceed with firearms ownership, registration and possession.

Sport Shooting Instructional Materials

U.S. Forces personnel may review and download these files for home study and classroom use:

 01-Handbook_Cover_Contents_2014-02-02.pdf

 02-Handbook_General-Rules_2014-06-11.pdf

 03-Handbook_Targets_2014-02-02.pdf

 04-Handbook_Events_Overview_2014-02-10.pdf

 05-Handbook_Admin-Controls_2014-02-02.pdf

 06-Handbook_Disciplines_Handguns_2014-02-02.pdf

 07-Handbook_Disciplines_Long-Guns_2014-02-02.pdf

 08a-Handbook_Forms_Reduced_2014-02-02.pdf

 08b-Handbook_Forms_Reduced_2014-02-02.pdf

 09-Handbook_Ranges_2014-02-02.pdf

 10-Handbook_Sample_Range_Protocol_2014-02-02.pdf

 11-Handbook_Insurance_Proof_2014-02-02.pdf

 12-Handbook_Org_Chart_2014-02-02.pdf

 13-Handbook_Responsibilities_2014-02-02.pdf

 14-Handbook_Abbreviations_2014-02-02.pdf

 

Instructional Material - Basic Knowledge Training

The following 4 files will be used for basic knowledge training.

U.S. Forces personnel may review and download these files for home study and classroom use:

Basic Knowledge Day 1 Part 1 V5R 2015-12-08.pdf 

Basic Knowledge Day 1 Part 2 V6R 2015-12-08.pdf

Basic Knowledge Day 2 Part 1 V5R 2015-12-08.pdf

Basic Knowledge Day 2 Part 2 V6R 2015-12-08.pdf

 

Instructional Material - Recreational Range Master (Schützenmeister) Training

The following 2 files will be used for Recreational Range Master (Schützenmeister) training.

U.S. Forces personnel may review and download these files for home study and classroom use:

Rangemaster_Training_Day_1_Part_1_2015-08-24.pdf

Rangemaster_Training_Day_1_Part_2_R_2015-08-24.pdf 

Registration and Control of Privately Owned Firearms and Other Weapons in Germany

Please note: Forms must be printed out, filled out and submitted to local authorities

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where am I able to hunt, fish and sport shoot? Answer: Most of the forested areas in Germany are "huntable;" there are over 500 locations in the State of Hessen to fish, and adults may sport shoot at Wackernheim once a month or visit a German range facility and shoot as often as you wish.

2. What are the going rates for each? Answer: A course must be passed in order to hunt. It is $200 for the Outdoor Recreation German Hunting Course, €190 a year for the license. A course must be passed in order to fish. It is $60 for the Outdoor Recreation German Fishing Course, €8 a year for the license. Some locations require a Day/Week/Monthly or yearly permit. Example: A year permit for the Main River (Hessen side) is €34 per year -- 365 days fishing. A course must be passed for sport shooting. The Outdoor Recreation Sport Shooters Knowledge Course is $60. 

3. What animals are not allowed to be hunted or fished? Answer: Due to the number of animals and fish in Germany it would be problematic to list each and every animal listed as non-huntable and every fish listed as protected. 

4. How do I acquire a license? Answer: Complete the appropriate course, then purchase your license on the German local economy.

5. What courses are offered? Answer: Outdoor Recreation's German Hunting Course, German Fishing Course and Sport Shooters Knowledge Course.

6. Can I rent fishing poles and other equipment? Answer: Fishing poles may be rented from Outdoor Recreation.

7. How can I register for a class to obtain a certificate? Answer: Call or come by Outdoor Recreation to register, and pay (cash or credit card).

8. When do the hunting/fishing seasons start/end? Answer: Hunting season is March through December, but there is game to be hunted all year long. Fishing season is April through December, but there are in season fish species of one sort or another all year long.

9. Is there a sport shooting range on post? Answer: Yes, there is, at the JMTC Wackernheim range (military range).  

10. What is the cost of the certification courses? Answer: German Hunting Course costs $200; German Fishing Course costs $60 and the Sport Shooters Knowledge Course costs $60.

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