Hunting in Hungary

 

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Introduction

Hungary is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Ukraine and Romania to the east, Serbia and Croatia to the south, Slovenia to the southwest and Austria to the west. The capital and the largest city is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union, NATO and is a Schengen state.

Hungary is one of the thirty most popular tourist destinations of the world. The country is home to the largest thermal water cave system and the second largest thermal lake in the world (Lake Heviz), the largest lake in Central Europe (Lake Balaton), and the largest natural grasslands in Europe (Hortobagy). Lightly more than one half of Hungary’s landscape consists of flat to rolling plains of the Pannonian Basin. Transdanubia is a primarily hilly region with a terrain varied by low mountains. The highest point of the area is the irott-ko in the Alps, at 882 meters (2894 ft). The highest mountains of the country are located in the Carpathians with the highest point of Kekes at 1014 m (3327 ft). Hungary is divided in two by its main waterway, the Danube (Duna). According to the WWF, the territory of Hungary belongs to the ecoregion of Pannonian mixed forests. The country has 10 national parks, 145 minor nature reserves and 35 landscape protection areas.

The climate of Hungary is continental with hot summers with low overall humidity levels but frequent rain showers and mildly cold snowy winters. Average high temperature in the summer is 23 C (73 F) to 28 C (82 F) and average low temperature in the winter it is -3 C (27 F) to -7 C (19 F).

The culture of Hungary has a distinctive style of its own. The country has a rich folk tradition. Rich cultural heritage of the country and its beautiful landscapes make it a great place to rest with your family. Citizens of the USA, Canada, and most European countries do not require visas to visit Hungary for stays of up to 90 days.

Hunting season

Red Deer: September 1 – October 31
Roe Deer: April 15 – September 30
Fallow Deer: October 1 – December 31
Mouflon: September 1 – February 28
Wild Boar: all year round

Trophy

Red Deer

Red Deer

European Red Stag is the largest of all Red Deer.The antlers are usually darker than those from other Red Deer. The “crowned king” of the Hungarian forests is indigenous in Europe and in Middle East. You can find red deer in the biggest number in Western Europe, but Eastern Europe (specially Hungary) gives habitat for the world’s finest quality Red Deer population. Red Deer is the main big game in Hungary. The highest quality is found in provinces Zala, Somogy and Baranya. In the forests of the Western and Northern Transdanubia, Northern Mountains you can find smaller trophy Deer. Geography and climate combine to assure an ideal environment for Red Deer. It lives in oaken, gallery forests, matured forests where it can find cover and coolness.

Mouflon

Mouflon

Shoulder height 26-30 inches (66-76 cm). Weight 70-100 pounds (32-45 kg). One of the world’s smallest wild sheep, resembling a slim domestic sheep except that it has a normal coat of hair, any wool being concealed beneath. Upper parts are reddish-brown with a pale (almost white) saddle patch in the winter coat. Underparts, rump, lower legs and muzzle are white. There is dark neck ruff but no bib. The horns usually grow in a tight circle, with the tips turned inward toward the face and broomed back to about a three-quarter curl. In a purebred European Mouflon, the tip-to-tip spread should not be the widest spread. Mouflon, especially an old male with large horns, is a fine game animal that is difficult to hunt. It is the only sheep that is mainly nocturnal and lives in thick cover. Mouflon was introduced from Corsica and Sardinia at the end of the last century. The best quality populations live in the Matra, Budai, Borzsony, Bukk, Pilis and Vertes mountains. The quality of Mouflon in the Zemplen Mountains is medium. Under the adverse conditions Mouflon preserved its wildness.

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer

Shoulder height 36-43 inches (91-109 cm). Weight 140-220 pounds (64-100 kg), sometimes more. Medium-sized, with more color variations than any other Deer. Ages ago Fallow Deer had been indigenous in Europe, but the last ice age caused its extinction here. Thanks to the resettlement you can find Fallow Deer in Hungary again. The finest population lives in the forests of Gyulaj-Tamasi, at the south-eastern corner of the Great Plain, province of Bekes, Somogy and Pest. All the existing world record trophies originate from the forests of Gyulaj-Tamasi. Fallow Deer lives in the forests of flat or mild hilly country cut up with agricultural fields.

Wild Boar

Wild Boar

Shoulder height 30-47 inches (76-119 cm). Weight 150-400 pounds (68-181 kg), sometimes as much as 700 pounds (317 kg). A medium-sized animal with a thick body, relatively thin legs, a short neck, and a long, pointed head ending in a disklike snout. Coat is dense, bristly hair, brownish-gray in color, sometimes with cheek whiskers and a neck mane. There are no facial warts. Canine teeth are usually well-developed, forming tusks. Upper tusks grow outward and backward; the lower ones grow upward and backward, tending to make a circle. Tusks will usually wear against each other, honing sharp edges. Eurasian Wild Boar is a fine game animal, alert, wary and quite dangerous at close quarters.

Roe Deer

Roe Deer

Shoulder height 25-36 inches (64-92 cm). Weight 44-81 pounds (20-37 kg). The smallest and most elegant native deer in Europe. Coloration is rich reddish-brown in summer, with a gray face, white chin and black muzzle band. Rump patch is obscure. Winter coat is grayish-brown. Tail is small and white, invisible against the rump. Normal antlers of a mature buck consist of a main beam directed upward, with a lower forward tine and a higher rearward tine making three points to a side. (However, non-typical antlers with 4-5 points on a side are not uncommon.) Antlers have a very rough burr (coronet) around the base, and grow so closely together that the coronets usually touch in mature animals. The skull is broad, with a compressed muzzle. The female does not grow antlers, but occasionally will grow coronets without any antler growth. European Roe Deer have adapted well to civilization, with numbers increasing and range expanding. This species is our most abundant big game and is practically present all over Hungary’s hunting areas. The finest population lives along the Rivers Tisza and Koros in the provinces of Szolnok and Bekes.

Hunting territory

Best hunting grounds are used all over the country. Both state and private hunting territories are used. The region of the hunt depends on the trophies desired.

Hunting

Roe Deer

Roe Deer

The animal is hunted from high seat and by stalking. Hunters can combine Roe Buck hunting with Wild Duck and collared Dove shooting or Wild Boar hunting on grain and stubble fields in the summer.

Red Stag

Red Stag

The best time to hunt Red Stag is the rutting season. The rut usually begins within the first days of September. The hunt is usually organized from high seats or by stalking. After the rutting season you can participate in culling hunt from November till the end of January. During this type of hunt hinds, calves and Wild Boars can also be taken.

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer

The largest trophies of Fallow deer are bagged during the October rut, which is followed by the culling period, from November to January. The best method of hunting is stalking.

Mouflon

Mouflon

Mouflon is hunted by stalking. Stalking on mountain terrain requires outstanding sports performance. Sometimes you can approach this game on horse-drawn carriage.The hunting season begins on September 1, but the best adventure is to stalk Mouflon in the snow in November and December. This hunt can be ideally combined with Red Deer culling and Wild Boar hunting during these months.

Wild Boar

Wild Boar

There are different methods of hunting Wild boar. You can hunt from high seat or by stalking in full moon. In summer the exciting hunt on ripening grain fields is organized. The small driven Wild Boar hunt is very pleasant shooting for 5 or 6 hunters. The top of Wild Boar hunting is the well organized driven hunt. The big drive is organized at the large area with a large number of professional drivers, beaters, dogmen and boarhounds. You can shoot only Wild Boar and 1-2 foxes in the drive. Also there are some fenced areas, where the daily bag can be between 50-60 piece. Wild Boars inside the fences are not one bit tamer than those outside the fences, because the animals are captured from the wild.

Route

You will need to arrive to the international airport of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Many international airlines fly there regularly, including Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, MALEV, British Airways, Iberia etc. After finishing the necessary custom formalities you will be transferred to the hunting area.

Accommodation

The accommodation will be chosen according to your request. Many different hotels and lodges are available from simple small family owned houses to luxury ones.

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