I am trying to come up with a composite word for a group of "hunters from/of the hills" for a story. Looking at dictionaries and some web pages the best I can come up with is Hügeljäger. As this is for an english audience it sounds a bit rolly-polly or hufflepuff'ish. If this is the best option great, but I would like some alternative options.
A term related to "Jäger" is "Schütze" ("rifleman"). So you could call that man "Bergschütz" or "Waldschütz". The latter actually exists as a family name. Whether this is also true for the former I don't know. It has the advantage that it is closer to your intended meaning - and the disadvantage (in my eyes) that "Bergschützen" is often used as name for gun clubs. "Schütze" is also a military degree, but composed with "Berg" (mountain) or "Wald" (wood) this meaning would IMHO be not so present as in "Gebirgsjäger".
Synonymous to Jäger in the non-military sense of the word (the people hunting for game) would be Weidmann or Waidmann. This is still referenced today in the greeting between hunters: "Waidmannsheil! - Waidmanndank!"
It would avoid any military associations although I still don't feel comfortable with any composite words in this case (quite long to be a name).
Your composition is fine, but I think it suggests (due to the composition) that they're hunters, who primarily hunt in the hills.
If you want them to be hunters in general, who simply come from the hills, I'd suggest (more freely)
Die Jäger des Hügellandes
Not quite the usual family name, but still:
Tyson, Jäger des Hügellandes
Sounds maybe a bit LotR-like.
I understand that you are looking for fantasy names, but if you want some realism there are a few things to consider:
One of the most important functions of family names is to distinguish families within a community. So if ten families live together in a village on a mountain, their names are unlikely to refer to this rather obvious fact. Instead, they will have names that refer to their professions within the community.
Names referring to mountains or hills are therefore mostly used if there is a village in the valley, but some people live in relative isolation on the surrounding mountains/hills (or have recently moved from the hills to the village).
Such names include:
- Berger: from Berg, mountain
- Kogler: from Kogel, originally a hood, but figuratively referring to a round topped mountain/large hill
- Bühler/Bichler/Pichler: and certainly other regional variants derived from Bühel, Bichel or Pichel (listed in my "Österreichisches Wörterbuch", but not the Duden), a hill
All of these can be modified to further distinguish them from each other by prefixing them with "Ober-, Unter-" to indicate who lives further uphill or on the higher hill. Alternatively, to be more specific, the name of the hill can be used: "Kirchbichler", "Hirschbichler", etc.
Names indicating profession rarely also indicate location of origin/residence. So a hunter will just be named
or derive his name from his typical prey as in
or a combination as in