A Czech hunter was charged by a stag while flushing game with dogs late last month in the Bohemian Forest. When the dust settled, he realized that he not only lost the deer, the stag took off with his rifle, too.
“The rifle, which the hunter had slung over his left arm – fortunately without ammo – slipped on the deer’s antlers and disappeared with him,” reported the local police to the Prague Morning.
“The hunters searched the forest but did not find the gun. He had no other choice than to report the incident to the police,” they said. Gun owners in the Czech Republic are required to report lost or stolen firearms under the nation’s Firearms and Ammunition Act.
The man was with a hunting party when the stag charged him. The rifle was chambered for .22 Hornet and police have asked hunters and outdoor enthusiasts to be on the lookout for the armed deer, or at the very least, the missing rifle.
One hunter claims to have spotted the stag with the rifle about a half a mile from the original incident in the woods, but so far it hasn’t been caught.
Hunting has a long history in the Czech Republic although there is some stigma attached to eating game. One culinary specialist is making wild meats much more metropolitan in the Czech capitol.
English-born chef Kevin Windsor and his wife Mila own a butcher shop specializing in wild game, offering choice cuts of venison, boar, hare, pheasant, duck and more.
“The simple fact is,” said Windsor of Windsor Enterprises, “when it is prepared and cooked properly, wild game meat is absolutely delicious, and more than virtually any other source of meat, it represents a sustainable and environmentally-friendly form of consumption.”
“This is especially true in the Czech Republic because the rules which were adhered to during communist times ensured there were never too many animals,” Windsor added. “This is still true today and the result is 100 percent sustainability.”
“I also hear people saying that game is difficult to cook. I can cook pretty much anything, so trust me – if you can cook beef, you can cook venison; if you can cook pork, you can cook wild boar,” he said.