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The Venerable Order of Saint Hubertus was corporate in 1695 by Count Anton von Sporck, gathering the greatest noble hunters of the the 17th Century, particularly in Bohemia, Austria and countries of the Austro Hungarian Empire, ruled by the Habsburgs.

The Order was named after Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and fishermen. St. Hubert is also the Patron of archers, trappers, fur hunters, mathematics, blacksmiths and dog trainers.

In 1938, after Austria was absorbed by the German Reich, Herman Göring demanded membership on the Order and executed the Grand Prior when he was denied. At the end of the World War surviving members of the Order, were authorized by Halvor O. Ekern, chief political advisor of the US Armed Forces in Austria to use their sporting guns to provide winter food to the rural population, avoiding not only famine but helping to save the country from falling behind the Iron Curtain.

The Order was Restituted on May 1st 1950 by Albert Franz Messany at the request of Chancellor Figi of Austria. In order to better reflect its new multi-national character it was redesignated as  International Order of St. Hubertus.

Mr. Ekern was one of the first to be invited to be a member of the restituted Order along with Llewellyn E. Thompson, the American Ambassador, General Mark W. Clark, Commanding General of the Allied Forces in Austria, George Wood, British Ambassador Baron Harold Craccia and others.
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