Hunting, Fishing, Sport Shooting

Hours of Operation

Monday 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
U.S. Holidays Closed

Contact

Outdoor Recreation, Katterbach Kaserne
Bldg. 5807
Google Map

Tel:
+49 (0)9802-83-3225

Military DSN Tel:
(314)467-3225

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Traditional seasons for hunting courses are in Spring and Fall.

U.S. Forces hunting courses from 2014 thru 2016 sustained high levels of participation as over 100 "young hunters" (Jungjägers) successfully completed the course each year. 

Please contact the outdoor recreation program at your nearest Army garrison or Air Force base for info on their upcoming courses and events.

 

USAG Ansbach 

Outdoor Recreation

Mr. Fred Lane - Katterbach Kaserne Bldg 5807

DSN: (314) 467-3225  
Commercial: +49 (0)9802-83-3225


USAG Bavaria

Grafenwöhr / Tower Barracks: Wild B.O.A.R. Outdoor Recreation

Mr. Hans Hathaway - Tower Barracks, Bldg. RC 600, room 14 (Wild B.O.A.R. Complex at Dickhäuter Lake)

DSN: (314)475-8524
Commercial: +49 (0)9641-83-8524

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Hohenfels Military Community: Outdoor Recreation

Mr. Joshua Moore

DSN: (314)466-2060
Commercial: +49 (0)9472-83-2060

 

USAG Rheinland-Pfalz / See Ramstein (below)

Baumholder Military Community Outdoor Recreation

Mr. Brandt Gardner - Smith Bks Bldg 8167

DSN: (314) 485-7182
Commercial: +49 (0)6783-6-7182

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Kaiserslautern Military Community Outdoor Recreation

Mr. Marcos Yracheta, Pulaski Bks Bldg 2905

DSN: (314) 493-4115
Commercial: +49 (0)6313-406-4115

 

Ramstein Air Base

86th Force Support Squadron Kaiserslautern Rod & Gun Club

Mr. Josh Hammers - Pulaski / Vogelweh Installation Bldg 2960

DSN: (314) 489-7274
Commercial: +49 (0)631-536-7274

 

Spangdahlem Air Base

52nd Force Support Squadron Outdoor Recreation

Mr. Mike Kirsch - Bldg 146

DSN: (314) 452-7170
Commercial: +49 (0)6565-61-7170

 

USAG Stuttgart

Outdoor Recreation

Mr. Tracy Greusel - Panzer Kaserne Bldg 2953

DSN: (314) 431-2774
Commercial: +49 (0)7031-15-2774

 

USAG Wiesbaden

Outdoor Recreation

Albert Klaver Jr. - Clay Kaserne Bldg 1631

DSN: (314) 548-9803
Commercial: +49 (0)611-143-548-9803

Hunting Instructional Material

The following links provide individual sections for the U.S. Forces Guide to Hunting in Germany. Each section is limited in size to ensure quick download speed.

Guide_00_Contents_2013-08.pdf

Guide_01-02_References_Purpose_2013-08.pdf

Guide_03_History_2013-08.pdf

Guide_04_History_of_U.S._Forces_Hunting_2013-08.pdf

Guide_05_German_Hunting_Law_2013-08.pdf

Guide_06_German_Weapons_Law_2013-08.pdf

Guide_07a_Hunting_Equipment_2013-08.pdf

Guide_07b_Hunting_Weapons_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08a_Red_Deer_Reduced_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08b_Fallow_Deer_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08c_Sika_Deer_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08d_Roe_Deer_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08e_Chamois_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08f_Mouflon_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08g_Wild_Boar_2014-02.pdf

Guide_08h_Hare_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08i_Rabbit_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08j1_Pheasant_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08j2_Partridge_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08j3_Woodcock_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08j4_Wild_Pigeons_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08k1_Wild_Ducks_Red_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08k2_Wild_Geese_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08l1_Red_Fox_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08l2-7_Predatory_Game_2014-02.pdf

Guide_08m1-8_Predatory_Birds_Red_2013-08.pdf

Guide_08n1-5_Other_Game_2013-08.pdf

Guide_09_Hunting_Dogs_1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_09_Hunting_Dogs_2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_10a_Diseases1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_10a_Diseases2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_10a_Diseases3_2013-08.pdf

Guide_10b_Hygiene1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_10b_Hygiene_Red2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_11_Hunting_Techniques_Red_2014-06.pdf

Guide_12_Trophy_Preparation_1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_12_Trophy_Preparation_2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_13_Nature_Protection_1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_13_Nature_Protection_2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_14_Animal_Protection_1_2013-08.pdf

Guide_14_Animal_Protection_2_2013-08.pdf

Guide_15_Hunting_Traditions_2013-08.pdf

Guide_16_US_Forces_Procedures_2013-08.pdf

Guide_16a_Documentation_for_Loaned_or_Borrowed_Long_Firearm_2013-08.pdf

Guide_17_Hunter_Dialect_2013-08.pdf

Guide_18_German_English_Dictionary_2013-08.pdf

Efforts are underway to provide english-language explanations for terms within the "Hunter Dialect" (Jägersprache) file, as soon as possible. However, many of the terms in the "Hunter Dialect" file are translated in the German-English and English-German dictionary.

Hunting Opportunities

Hunting in Germany requires a German hunting license, obtainable via instruction and certification at each of the sites within the hunting courses list (above).

Many opportunities exist, ranging from drive hunts, to individual capital-game hunts, and full-season committments in private or public hunting reviers.

For each hunting year in Germany, the window for requesting a booked hunt is open during the month of February.  Locations for booked hunts vary between federal, state, and local forests within Germany.  Occasionally booked hunts are arranged with private Reviers.

In addition to booked hunts, garrison programs at Ansbach, Baumholder, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Stuttgart, and Wiesbaden have information for local and nearby hunting opportunities.  In addition, the Kaiserslautern Rod & Gun Club (operated by the USAFE 86th Force Support Squadron) and Spangdahlem Air Base Outdoor Recreation have information for local opportunities.

Please refer to the hunting course list (above) for contact info at each major installation.

Fishing Instructional Materials

1_-_Cover__Contents_2013-03.pdf

2_-_Section_II_Fishing_Law_Cond_2013-03.pdf

3_-_Section_III_Hydrology_Cond_2013-03.pdf

4_-_Section_IV_Fishing_Equipment_Cond_2013-03.pdf

5_-_Section_V_General_Ichtyology_Cond_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_55-57_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_58_Brown_Trout_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_59_Rainbow_Trout_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_60_Brook_Trout_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_61_Arctic_Char_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_62_Grayling_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_63_Barbel_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_64_Bream_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_65_Carp_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_66_Tench_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_67_Chub_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_68_Roach_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_69_Rudd_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_70_Ide_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_71_Dace_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_72_Nose_Carp_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_73_Whitefish_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_74_Burbot_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_75_Crucian_Carp_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_76_Pike_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_77_Perch_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_78_Pike-Perch_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_79_Eel_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_80_Bleak_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_81_Ruff_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_82_White_Bream_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_83_Stickleback_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_84_Millers_Thumb_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_85_Stroemer_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_86_Schneider_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_87_River_Lamprey_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_88_Moderlieschen_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_89_Bitterling_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_90_Loach_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_91_Steinbeisser_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_92_Pond_Loach_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_93_European_Catfish_2013-03.pdf

6_-_Section_VI_Specialized_Ichtyology_94_Bullhead_2013-03.pdf

7_-_Section_VII_Fish_Diseases_2013-03.pdf

8_-_Section_VIII_Fishing_Water_Contracts_Cond_2013-03.pdf

9_-_Section_IX_Fishing_Courses_Cond_2013-03.pdf

Fishing Opportunities

Similar to hunting, garrison programs at Ansbach, Baumholder, Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels, Kaiserslautern, Stuttgart, and Wiesbaden have nearby opportunities for fishing.

Fishing in Germany requires a German fishing license, obtainable via instruction and certification at each of the sites listed above.

Many opportunities exist, ranging from local ponds and streams, to overnight excursions with deep-sea fishing in the North Sea!

Please refer to the hunting course list (above) for contact info at each major installation.

Sport Shooting Courses

Aside from participating on a regular basis, either in training or in competitions, sport shooting certification in Germany requires individuals to complete a basic knowledge course.  The course is normally conducted on a Saturday and Sunday, and it features instruction, hands-on practical work, and a written test.  After completing the course and documenting regular (average 1.5 activities per month) participation, individuals may proceed with firearms ownership, registration, and possession.

Please refer to the hunting course list (above) and contact local installations for their upcoming courses and events.

Sport Shooting Instructional Materials

 

U.S. Forces Sport Shooting Handbook - February 2014

U.S. Forces personnel may review and download these files for home study and classroom use:

 01-Handbook_Cover_Contents_2014-02-02.pdf

 02-Handbook_General-Rules_2014-06-11.pdf

 03-Handbook_Targets_2014-02-02.pdf

 04-Handbook_Events_Overview_2014-02-10.pdf

 05-Handbook_Admin-Controls_2014-02-02.pdf

 06-Handbook_Disciplines_Handguns_2014-02-02.pdf

 07-Handbook_Disciplines_Long-Guns_2014-02-02.pdf

 08a-Handbook_Forms_Reduced_2014-02-02.pdf

 08b-Handbook_Forms_Reduced_2014-02-02.pdf

 09-Handbook_Ranges_2014-02-02.pdf

 10-Handbook_Sample_Range_Protocol_2014-02-02.pdf

 11-Handbook_Insurance_Proof_2014-02-02.pdf

 12-Handbook_Org_Chart_2014-02-02.pdf

 13-Handbook_Responsibilities_2014-02-02.pdf

 14-Handbook_Abbreviations_2014-02-02.pdf

 

 

Instructional Material - Basic Knowledge Training

The following 4 files will be used for basic knowledge training.

U.S. Forces personnel may review and download these files for home study and classroom use:

Basic Knowledge Day 1 Part 1 V5R 2015-12-08.pdf 

Basic Knowledge Day 1 Part 2 V6R 2015-12-08.pdf

Basic Knowledge Day 2 Part 1 V5R 2015-12-08.pdf

Basic Knowledge Day 2 Part 2 V6R 2015-12-08.pdf

 

Instructional Material - Recreational Range Master (Schützenmeister) Training

The following 2 files will be used for Recreational Range Master (Schützenmeister) training.

U.S. Forces personnel may review and download these files for home study and classroom use:

Rangemaster_Training_Day_1_Part_1_2015-08-24.pdf

Rangemaster_Training_Day_1_Part_2_R_2015-08-24.pdf 

 

 

 

Sport Shooting Events & Competitions

 

Installation-level Recreational Sport Shooting

Many opportunities exist, ranging from installation-level and friendship competitions with host-nation clubs, to international competitions within Germany and elsewhere in Europe. 

Please refer to the hunting course list (above) and contact local installations for their upcoming courses and event.

DJV (Deutsche Jagdschütz Verband)

Specific to hunters, the Deutsche Jagdschütz Verband (German Hunting Association) conducts marksmanship events that lead to the annual German National Championship. Organizers of the qualifying events have always welcomed U.S. Forces hunters who have already earned their Jagdschein (German Hunting License).

Contact local installations for local affiliations and schedules for DJV events.

Program Oversight

U.S. Forces Executive Agent / U.S. Army IMCOM Europe Region G9

Mr. Rafael Wunsch, DSN 544-9888 / Civ +49 (0)6111435449888

[email protected]

Documents and Publications

The following file list provides current forms used by hunters, fishers, and sport shooters.

Please contact the program oversight representatives for needed updates and/or additions to this list.

Multi-Service Regulations:

AER_215-145_USAFE-I_34-104_R_2015-06-25.pdf Army Europe Regulation 215-145 & USAFE/USAFAF Instruction 34-104: Hunting, Fishing, and Sport Shooting in Germany, June 25, 2015

AER_190-6_2013-11-08.pdf Army Europe Regulation 190-6 / Navy Europe Instruction 5300.15R / USAFE Instruction 31-205; Registration and Control of Privately Owned Firearms and Other Weapons in Germany, November 8, 2013

AE Forms:

AE_Form_215-145A_2015-05.pdf Application for Issuance/Renewal of a German Hunting License

AE_Form_215-145B_2014-10.pdf Application for German Fishing License

U.S. Department of Justice ATF Forms:

ATF_Form_6_2011-08.pdf Application and Permit for Importing Firearms to the United States

German Government Forms:

Verbringungserlaubnis.pdf Application for Importing Firearms into Germany

ErlaubnisVerbringen_ausBRD_31_1.pdf Application to transport from Germany elsewhere in Europe

USAREUR Registry Forms:

AEF190-6D_2015-03.pdf U.S. Forces Application for Registration of a Firearm

AE Form 190-6D Part A 2015-11.pdf Application to Conduct FBI National Instant Background Check

AEF190-6D_Part_B_2013-02.pdf Application for Issuance of a Permit Puruant to the Weapons Law

AEF190-6G_2013-02.pdf Weapons Bill of Sale

AEF190-6Ha_2013-02.pdf Commander's Statement of Reliability - Military & Civilian Applicants

AEF190-6Hb_2013-02.pdf Commander's Statment of Reliability - Family Member Applicants

AEF190-6J_2013-02.pdf Request for Cancellation of Privately Owned Firearm

AEF190-6L_Print_2011-10.pdf Sport Shooting Certificate of Need

AEF190-6M_2013-02.pdf Application for a European Weapons Permit

AEF190-6N_2013-02.pdf Application for Issuance of a Small Weapons Permit (Gas/Blank Firearms)

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where am I able to hunt, fish, and sport shoot?

Hunting and fishing within Germany requires a license that can be obtained through the Garrison Hunting and Fishing Program. Sport shooting can be done at either Local National ranges or other garrisons.

 

2. What are the going rates for hunting, fishing, and sport shooting?

Rates on hunting and fishing greatly vary on the types of game sought. For further inquiry contact your local HFSS Manager through Outdoor Recreation. The closest range to USAG Ansbach is in Deffersdorf. Location, availability and prices are available directly on the website.

 http://www.jssv-herrieden.de/

 

3. Is there a restriction on the types of animals that can be hunted or fish that can be caught?

In Germany a Revier (Leased Land) system is used for hunting so there are no traditional bag limits. Depending on the body of water you're fishing there may or may not be limits on fish. All information will be on your permit to fish for each body of water you purchase a permit for.

 

4. How do I acquire a license for hunting/fishing/sport shooting?

A hunting license is a 66-hour course offered through Outdoor Recreation  to U.S. ID cardholders, 18 years and older. Subjects covered include German law, land and game management, game disease, traditions, equipment and techniques, game hygiene, hunting dogs, and harvest plans. Testing procedures include safe weapons handling, written and verbal tests as well as a shooting  proficiency test.

A fishing license is a 30-hour course offered through Outdoor Recreation to U.S. ID card holders, 14 years and older. Subjects covered include German law, hydrology, ichnology, specialized ichnology, diseases and equipment and techniques. Testing procedures include a written test.

No sport shooting certification is needed on an authorized German range.

 

5. What courses are offered?

Hunting and fishing

 

6. Can I rent fishing poles and other equipment?

Yes, though Katterbach Outdoor Recreation

 

7. How can I register for a class to obtain a certificate or license?

Call or stop by Katterbach Outdoor Recreation

 

8. When do the hunting/fishing seasons start/end?

This varies from German state to state but hunting and fishing is year round.

 

9. Is there a sport shooting range on post? If so, who can use it?

No

 

10. What is the cost of the certification courses?

Hunting Course: $150

Fishing Course: $65

 

11. How old do I have to be to take the Hunting and/or Fishing course and/or Paintball Field?

Hunting Course: 18 years

Fishing Course: 14 years

Paintball: 16 years