Americans join German hunting group after finishing rigorous course

Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes
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Torchbearers stand during a Jaegerschlag, or hunter induction, ceremony at Eberbach Abbey near Eltville, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. The ceremony is always conducted by torchlight, and torchbearers are either current hunters or family members of those being inducted. Eighteen Americans were inducted into the German hunting community in Sunday's ceremony, earning their Jagdschein, or hunting license. Dan Stoutamire/Stars and Stripes

Americans join German hunting group after finishing rigorous course

by: Dan Stoutamire | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 02, 2016

WIESBADEN, Germany — At a colorful ceremony inside the historic, 12th-century Eberbach Abbey, 18 Americans were inducted on Sunday into the German hunting community after graduating from an exacting three-month course.

At the ceremony, known in German as a Jaegerschlag, or hunter’s stroke, each of the 20 had a sword placed on his shoulders three times by Christian von Wallenbrunn, of the Rheingau Hunting Association, symbolizing acceptance into the centuries-old German hunting tradition.

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