Lsnowflakes are falling on the beech leaves. It is five minutes from the Oberholz car park in the Göppingen Forest to the hide. Sarah Schweizer takes her Blaser R8 bolt-action rifle with telescopic sight, binoculars and a warm seat pad out of the car and makes her way to the hide in her hunt. It’s seven o’clock, just over an hour until sunrise. According to the hunting app, the best light in the forest can be expected at 7.30 a.m. She has marked the way to the “Steinerne Bank” residence so that she can find it more easily in the dark. Moist, foggy air rises from the ground. In some places along the way there is a spicy scent of wild boar, and there are traces of wild boar on the forest floor.
Sarah Schweizer, gray hunting hat, brown leather jacket, green overalls, got her hunting license six years ago. She is 39 years old, a member of the CDU state parliament and the daughter of a farmer. And she belongs to the growing group of women who can get used to this hobby for emancipatory and ecological reasons. “We live in such an artificial world that you have a strong need to look for the original,” she says. “My approach to hunting is primarily nature conservation. You are in nature, you contribute to its preservation and you get high-quality food in the process.”