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Seeland and the woodcock THE LITTLE PRINCE OF BIRDS The woodcock has adorned Seeland International’s logo since the company was founded in 1976. Seeland International is a Danish company, and in Denmark the woodcock is considered to be the noblest game bird in the country. The bird’s silent behaviour and distinctive flight makes it hard to hit – but success is its own reward. The woodcock is the only bird that, once brought down, must be carried by the legs, since the head and neck are fragile and there is a risk of detaching them from the body. Respect for the little prince of birds prohibits this occurring. In Denmark, the woodcock ranks highest at the game parade – higher even than the roebuck as a coveted centrepiece. Even if there is a handsome buck at the game parade, the woodcock is still placed first, or on the buck’s neck. The woodcock is also special in that it is the only Danish bird to have its own trophy. The outer primary feathers of the woodcock are called pin feathers and are very sharp-tipped. They were formerly used by artists, but are now considered to be a coveted trophy from the bird. Many Danish hunters wrongly believe that they have to kiss the first woodcock they catch on its backside! But this is not a Danish shooting tradition. Rather, the master of the hunt hands over the woodcock to the shooter in his hunting hat. The shooter kisses the woodcock on the breast to honour the bird. Even during preparation of the bird, tradition dictates that it must be shown respect. The whole bird is fried, with head, neck and beak. The head is folded backwards and the beak placed between the thigh and body.

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Exp seeland catalogue 2015  

So this year we have expanded our range considerably with a view to offering everything you need for the hunt – at high quality and great pr...

Exp seeland catalogue 2015  

So this year we have expanded our range considerably with a view to offering everything you need for the hunt – at high quality and great pr...

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