Why is the hunt so difficult

The good news first: It's not as expensive (and not as difficult) to get a hunting license as many people think. But it is worthwhile to compare the offers and to be selective when deciding on a hunting school.

Those who want to get a hunting license can now choose between a wide range of offers: The (district) hunters' associations offer courses, as well as a whole range of professional hunting schools. But even if the hunter's examination is not an insurmountable hurdle, the matter is not an easy, flaky walk either: You have to be ready to acquire a lot of learning material, both theoretical and practical.

Frankonia supports the start of the hunting course or the young hunter's life with the Frankonia young hunter starter package. This consists of the Frankonia Jungjäger backpack suitable for hunting, the guide for the hunter test and the Frankonia Jungjäger benefit booklet. The latter includes many attractive discounts for the first purchases. The Frankonia Jungjäger starter package is available free of charge in every Frankonia branch and from Frankonia Jungjäger training partners after successfully registering as a Frankonia Jungjäger.

You have to take a little money into your hands for training young hunters: a low four-digit euro amount is realistically the minimum. However, the costs can also be increased significantly. So it is quite possible to spend 5000 euros and more on the hunting license. This need not be.

The limiting factor for adult hunting students is usually the time that the hunting license aspirant has available for training: As a rule, the intensive courses that prepare the hunting student within two or three weeks for the hunter examination are mainly from the professional hunting schools are more expensive than the weekend courses, which extend over six to twelve months. The most expensive are, for understandable reasons, courses in which the lessons are based on the hunting student's schedule. With this type of individual and one-to-one tuition, the hunting license can cost a five-figure amount. But these offers are aimed, for example, at busy managers for whom an individually tailored course offer is the only way to pass the hunter test - and they can get over the costs.

Professional hunting school or courses offered by hunters?

Usually the courses offered by the commercial providers cost more than those offered by the hunters' associations. Many of the long-standing, successful professional hunting schools score with great experience and a high success rate, pedagogically and professionally qualified lecturers and good, up-to-date teaching material. In the hunting schools of the hunters' associations, however, there are often volunteers or lecturers who receive a rather symbolic compensation for their teaching work. However, this does not have to be a disadvantage: idealism and enthusiasm are usually very high, and many renowned specialists are active as instructors in the hunters' associations. The great advantage of training with local hunters, in addition to the low price and the proximity to the place of residence, is that lecturers and hunting students usually come from the surrounding area. This makes it possible to make contact with other (young) hunters, district owners, foresters and other people who are interested in hunting in the area already during the training. Real hunter friendships often develop from chance acquaintances at the hunting school.

When it comes to the quality of training, there are major differences between individual providers, this applies to both commercial hunting schools and the courses offered by the hunting associations. Here you will find a selection of hunting schools sorted by federal state.

In any case, it is advisable to inquire about the reputation of the hunting school before registering for the hunting course. If you cannot make your choice based on a recommendation, it is best to contact former graduates. The relevant hunter forums on the Internet are ideal for this. One should not be afraid to ask about the success rate of the hunting school before signing the training contract. Basically, it should make you suspicious if only a few lecturers want to manage the entire training: The extensive area of ​​knowledge from shooting training to hunting law can hardly be covered by one or two people in consistently high quality.

Young hunter training at an entry-level price

As already mentioned, hunter training is usually cheapest at the hunting schools of the district hunting associations. The course fees for participation in the young hunter course are usually around a thousand euros. Usually it is a few hundred euros more, with some a little less. But here you have to be careful: When comparing the prices you have to consider what is included in the course fee and what may be charged additionally. In addition to attending the courses, it may include teaching material such as books and DVDs, as well as a visit to the shooting range, rental weapons and ammunition.

At other hunting schools, for example, the training material must be obtained from the hunting student at their own expense, or lavish prices for practice ammunition are called for every shot at the shooting range. The exam fee of around 150 to 300 euros (depending on the federal state) is also included in the course fee for some providers, but not for many others.

Hunting license costs

Example calculation 1:
Weekend course hunting school district hunting

Course fee: 1300 euros

Teaching material: included

Ammunition, shooting range, rental weapons: included

Travel costs: 150 euros

Exam fee: 170 euros

Sum: 1620 euros

Example calculation 2:
Compact course professional hunting school

Course fee: 2500 euros

Teaching material: included

Ammunition, shooting range, rental weapons: included

Accommodation and meals: 500 euros

Travel costs: 300 euros

Exam fee: 300 euros

Sum: 3600 euros

Theoretically, this should not be concealed here, there is a much cheaper way to prepare for the hunter test: In Berlin, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt you can study independently for the test, in all other federal states it is attendance at a hunting school is compulsory. However, it would be very difficult to actually pass the exam in this way: The instructors at the hunting schools know from experience what is important in the hunter's exam. Without this inside knowledge, one would have to acquire the whole huge area of ​​knowledge without being able to set priorities - not to mention the difficulties that practical training brings with it.

Pay attention to hidden costs

Travel costs must also be taken into account: depending on the distance from home or place of work to the hunting school, shooting range and teaching area, several kilometers can come together. Many hunting schools have the hunter's examination taken in Hamburg, and there are also costs for travel and accommodation. In general, accommodation and meals are not included in the course fees of many professional hunting schools, which quickly add up to several hundred euros.

What if i fail?

A popular hidden cost trap threatens in many places if the hunter test is not passed. This can happen with a failure rate of around 25 percent and is not a shame. It is all the more important not to be left out in the rain. Two urgent questions arise in the event of failure: When can I try my luck next time - and what will it cost me? At some hunting schools it is possible to start again within a few months after the failed exam. For others, it takes much longer until the next exam date. Be sure to ask!

There are huge differences in the conditions for non-passers: Some hunting schools offer that the hunting student who has messed up his shooting test, for example, can take part in the practice shooting of the follow-up course free of charge until the next test date or only for the ammunition costs. This is a very accommodating rule. In this case, a course for repeaters must be booked at other hunting schools, for which juicy prices are again called up. Still other hunting schools do not offer any options for diarrhea: It is actually expected that you will attend the course again at full price or try your luck elsewhere. One can only advise against attending such a hunting school.

Intensive or weekend course?

If you are very busy professionally, you will often have no choice but to opt for the intensive course. At commercial hunting schools, the two- or three-week courses are usually significantly more expensive than the weekend courses. If between two and three thousand euros are usually required for the latter, the intensive course quickly costs three to six thousand euros - plus costs for accommodation and meals. In the meantime, however, the hunting schools of the hunters' associations have also recognized the need and also offer compact and intensive courses - often at significantly more favorable conditions. If you have to take family members into consideration, it is important to consider whether the annual vacation can really be wasted on the hunting license course - or whether the weekend course is the better choice.

The graduates of the “Schnellbesohlungen”, the two to three-week intensive courses, do not have the best reputation among the hunters. And not without good reason: Much of the examination material, which was collected in record time, is likely to be forgotten again after a short time. It is just not possible to become a proper hunter in such a short amount of time. Only: In principle, that also applies to those attending a weekend course. There is no question that you can deal with a lot more in detail and vividly in a course that lasts six months than in a crash course. Those who also gain practical hunting experience from a teaching prince really have a lot ahead of those who have completed the compact course. Both of them only become hunters through many years of hunting experience.

It is important for every young hunter, regardless of whether they have completed their training in two weeks or twelve months, to assess their knowledge and skills correctly, that is, carefully - and above all: to continue learning and practicing after the hunter examination. Go to the shooting range, train your shooting skills, take advantage of the advanced training opportunities offered by the hunters' associations and state hunting schools, train and lead your own dog and of course be out in the area as much as possible: Go hunting - this is how you become a hunter.

Checklist for hunting license costs

  • How much is the course fee?
  • What's included
    • Teaching material
    • ammunition
    • Shooting range
    • Rental weapons
  • Are there any other costs?
    • ride costs
    • accommodation
    • Catering
  • How much is the exam fee?
  • How high is the pass or failure rate?
  • What offers are there if the exam is not passed?
  • When can I repeat the exam, if necessary?