Justice Scalia spent his last hours with members of a secretive society of elite hunters


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died among high-ranking members of the International Order of St. Hubertus, an Austrian hunting society that began in the 1600s. The members jetted in on private planes to meet at Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas, owned by multimillionaire businessman John B. Poindexter.

From Washington Post:

Members of the worldwide, male-only society wear dark-green robes emblazoned with a large cross and the motto "Deum Diligite Animalia Diligentes," which means "Honoring God by honoring His creatures," according to the group's website. Some hold titles, such as Grand Master, Prior and Knight Grand Officer. The Order's name is in honor of Hubert, the patron saint of hunters and fishermen.


The International Order of St. Hubertus, according to its website, is a "true knightly order in the historical tradition." In 1695, Count Franz Anton von Sporck founded the society in Bohemia, which is in modern-day Czech Republic.

The group's Grand Master is "His Imperial Highness Istvan von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduke of Austria," according to the Order's website. The next gathering for "Ordensbrothers" and guests is an "investiture" March 10 in Charleston, S.C.

The society's U.S. chapter launched in 1966 at the famous Bohemian Club in San Francisco, which is associated with the all-male Bohemian Grove — one of the most well-known secret societies in the country.

Photo of St. Hubertus members courtesy iosh-usa.com

Photo of St. Hubertus members courtesy iosh-usa.com