I’ve been assigned a group on three hunting seats to maintain on my own. I am to lay down feed in the muddy wild boar pits or Suele in German hunting language, as well as maintaining the shooting lanes and clearing the paths leading to the high seats. Maintaining clear shooting lanes is best done with two people, with one seating up in the high seat pointing out the branches and bushes obstructing the view and the other trimming them down. The paths to the high seats must be periodically cleared of small branches and leaves to a width of approximately 50 cm to allow the hunters a clear quiet way to the high seat. I was also told to set up three Wilduhren in three of the most heavily visited Suelen.
These Wild Game Clocks are designed to stop when they are tipped over. Since they are placed in the mud over the corn feed the only game that sets them are Wild Boar. It is an accurate and relatively inexpensive way to keep track of game movement on a piece of land.
At the moment these times are simply told to Herr Brecht, the Jagdpaechter, and he then tells hunters where to go on a day to day basis. I wanted to record these times by seat and then analyze the data to give us a better understanding of what seats are visited at what time. This information could help aid hunters in being more successful by choosing seats most traversed.
As chance would have it, a mere two days after I started recording these times two of these Wild Game Clocks disappeared. Herr Brecht informed me that Wild Boar have occasionally dragged them off or buried them but a more likely explanation would be that a nosy visitor to our nature preserve stumbled upon them in the forest and decided to take home the curious looking device.
So it turns out that my experiment will have to wait a while longer until new clocks have been bought.