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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.

The convulsions of World Wars I & II led to the dissolution of the Order. After the Second World War, however, the Order was revived by U.S. Ambassador to Austria and American High Commissioner Llewellyn Thompson, along with Commanding General Mark W. Clark, U.K. Ambassador Sir Harold Caccia, the British High Commissioner, Dr. Albert Messany of Austria and Austrian Chancellor Leopold Figl.

The current Grand Master is His Imperial and Royal Highness, Istvan Franz von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduke of Austria and Royal Prince of Hungary.

Consistent with the creed of the Order, the Grand Master invites outstanding sportsmen who share a passion for hunting, fishing, and conservation, to become Knights of the Order and thereafter to promote sportsmanlike hunting, wildlife conservation, protection of the environment and wildlife habitat, traditional hunting customs and ceremonies, and good fellowship among sportsmen.

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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