The Urban Huntsman explores the meaningful things that sustain us in the natural world and our culture at large; the things that feed and nurture our bodies, minds, souls and communities. We explore the vast European hunting cultures and hunters throughout its regions. As we guide the audience back into a wilder way of life, where through encounters with wise teachers, we discover what it means to be a hunter in 2021 and ahead. Wild food and game are pillars in each episode. Together we explore and appreciate that we are a part of nature and not just spectators.
Chamois hunting in the French Alps with The Urban Huntsman and Chef Carlos Bear who for the first time joins on a hunt for the game meat he often uses in his cooking.
NatureWise is a successful Danish non-profit, whose mission is to develop childrens nature identity. We join them and visit school classes and then take to the field to hunt roe eeer, skinning, butchering and then cooking the days harvest.
Tuscany, Italy, the world-famous region depicted in so many movies and the subject of dreams for people worldwide. Join Danny Christensen there as he visits an incredible knife maker, stays at a beautiful castle, runs to the hills in chase of wild boar and gets a cooking lesson form a next-generation Italian hunter. And there will be wine, of course, its Italy! Buon Appetit!
Climbing the wild peaks in the story riddled the Carpathian Mountains, home to the most famous hunter of all, Dracula! The lines between old and new draw sharply into the bedrock of the Carpathian Mountains. Danny embarks on a journey to explore the beauty in simplicity, while visiting people where time apparently stood still for the last hundred years. Here they battle the elements tirelessly, hunting Europe's most giant stags in the last true wilderness of the continent. When all fails - they resort to desperate measures to sustain life for the days to come.
Kristinus Wine Estate rises from the rolling hills of Balaton Lake, Hungary. The formerly depleted soils are now fruitful and bio-diverse. It's here where we chase an old roe buck.
The famous wine region of Alsace in France hides a beautiful secret in its forests. Rich in abundance and history, the hills around Kayserberg, Alsace are full of wildlife. Two friends set out to build a system to share that abundance with the rest of France, from forest to fork!Join The Urban Huntsman as he and local, Edouard, participate in a traditional driven hunt for red deer, wild boar and roe deer and explore the process of transforming the wild game into consumer-ready culinary delights.
After two years of anticipation, Danny can finally hunt fallow deer on his new hunting grounds on top of the Italian Apennine Mountains. Fallow deer are on the move, and he is on their tails!
On a stormy January day, Danny takes a ferry to Fano Island, Denmark, to meet up with well-traveled hunter and naval captain Jesper. They hunt woodcock and rabbits with Jesper's dog and ferret.
Being single is not always easy but it surely does come with some advantages; For example, you wont have to hear it when you get up in the middle of the night to go hunting, most of the year! Thats the life of Stefanie and her two sons, Emanuel and Gabriel. Together with her dad, Stefanie runs DK WAI, a Danish hunting store focusing on goose hunting. They also regulate geese for the state and private individuals, especially farmers whose crops can be completely destroyed in a matter of a few hours by a visiting flock of a few hundred geese. An explosion in the northern European goose populations has brought on new challenges and discussions on how to control the numbers. Its a at times heated debate and one that has the potential to give hunters backlash. For is this considered hunting? Its essentially a regulation of the populations by the way of hunting. A call comes in from a farmer whose fields have been visited by a flock of 300-400 geese.We join Stefanie, her dad Dennis and her oldest son Gabriel on an early morning to go regulate the numbers and get the geese off the farmer's field, saving his crop.
Rock star, chef, hunter, cookbook author, father, fisherman and the titles go on!On the last day of October, we meet Nikolaj in a dark forest before dawn. Here in these woods on Sealand Island in Denmark, a group of bow hunters have leased a prime area for mainly fallow and roe deer.We hope to let the arrow fly on a fallow deer that we will cook the day after in Copenhagen Zoo, where Nikolaj constructed a rustic outdoor cooking "island" squeezed in between the monkey and lion areas.Here Nikolaj transforms his raw materials, including wild game, into simple and delicious dishes that, without a doubt, have a slightly different and improved flavor profile to the daily culinary delights served to the next-door African friends.Modern day renaissance man + rock star. What does hunting do for him? Why?
When you think about Venice, Italy, you think about the fantastic city in the water, thousands of tourists, carnival, and gondolas. From this day on, Danny will remember it for duck hunting and those who came before him, such as Hemmingway. The Venetian Lagoon is a very unique and delicate ecosystem, but the lagoon is struggling. Humans have altered the balance with giant cruise ships requiring deep dug-out channels to enter Venice, disturbing the lagoon water flow and agriculture, limiting the entrance of freshwater from the surrounding lands, changing the salt levels and water flow of the lagoon. We follow in the footsteps of Hemmingway and visit the son of a famous duck decoy maker who made all of Hemmingway's decoys and shared many mornings in the lagoon with the famed American Author. We put a few decoys to the test and cooked up a duck dish on the shores of a little island by an abandoned but not forgotten fisherman's house.
When you hang a dead deer on your balcony in Copenhagen, even the usually quite tolerant Danes express a "What the heck?" Then when a beautiful young woman starts skinning the deer, the surprise is even greater. Mette is a personal trainer in one of Copenhagen's best gyms. She is also a hunter and a relatively new hunter. Challenge the stereotypical "old white men" hunter image, and the general public shows interest in the paradox of the young female urbanite. Mette (Jgerinden - "Huntress") has gained much recognition through her public hunting persona and draws both hunters and non-hunters to her cheerful and energetic persona. Her voice is straightforward and with no filter. She talks about health and fitness and how hunting can be one possible avenue to gain both. We pick up Mette at her gym in Copenhagen before we cross the bridge over to Sweden and drive three hours north to a cottage in the woods. The cottage will be our base for the next few days when we join Claus from Hikmicro to test out some of the latest night vision scopes in hopes of shooting a wild boar for dinner.
"I am a hare hunter."The recurring question, what kind of hunter are you?, has always puzzled Danny.He hunts everything edible, so the notion of dedicating all of ones passion towards just one game species and hunting sounds paradoxical to him. In this episode, we travel back to the Apennine Mountains in Italy and join a hare hunt all the way up over the clouds.With specially trained and bred hare dogs, we get on the trail of a hare and follow the scent all the way into Nonna's kitchen, where the traditions and recipes for a happy life fill the old house.