Wodan’s wild hunt by Carl Emil Doepler. The Wild Hunt is an ancient folk myth prevalent across Northern, Western and Central Europe. A spectral group of huntsmen in mad pursuit across the skies.The hunters may be the dead or the fairies. Seeing the Wild Hunt was thought to presage some catastrophe such as war or plague, or death of the one who saw it. Mortals getting in the path of or following the Hunt could be kidnapped and brought to the land of the dead.