Hunting season is almost with us, and if you are an aspiring hunter, this is the perfect opportunity to see if your endless sessions at the gun range or target practice will pay off. It is also a good time to go out into the woods and find the trophy you’ve always dreamed about.
While there are so many hunting grounds in the world, Hungary is a country where hunting has been practiced as an age-old tradition. It boasts a diverse variety of game species that enable you to hunt down exceptional trophy animals.
So, if you’ve been meaning to visit Hungary in the foreseen future, here’s all you need to know about hunting in Hungary!
Hunting Opportunities in Hungary
Hungary is a small Central European country bordered by Ukraine and Slovakia. Despite its small landmass, it is defined by a broad variety of habitats, ranging from forested mountains, multiple lakes, sweeping plains, and endless rivers. The immense flora and fauna not only make for a beautiful countryside but also serves as the perfect habitat for diverse biodiversity.
This allows all manner of animals to co-exist on land, air, and water, which enables exceptional hunting opportunities. The country is also a nice place to visit and vacation, meaning it will be the ideal destination to go and practice your hunting hobby.
Hunting Season in Hungary
Hunting season in Hungary is spread throughout the year, but it’s towards the end of the year that that activity really gains traction. If you’re mainly going there to hunt, the right time to visit the country is between September and January. This is when you’ll have the most options of trophy animals to choose from.
Whether you are looking to hunt big game, small animals, or winged game, you can rest easy that there’ll be something to keep you busy.
Traveling to and Hunting Hungary
Hungary is a country found in the Schengen zone! It permits travel on a single visa among European countries in the zone. Visitors carrying passports from America, Canada, and the EU can stay in Hungary for as long as 3 months without a visa if the passport is valid for at least three months.
For a foreigner to hunt in the country, they will require a permit to hunt from the Hungarian authorities. This can be valid for between 1-12 months and will attract a certain fee to secure. Upon arrival. you will be needed to declare all your guns and ammunition before producing your permission to hunt, usually provided by the outfitter. Typically, the letter states the name of the hunter, passport number, as well as other details.
There are so many different trophy animals to hunt in Hungary. Usually, the first hunt starts in April and involves roebuck hunting, although many hunters tend to prefer hunting roebuck during rutting season at the end of July. The main hunting season kicks off in September and this when the big boys come out to play.
The red stag, as well as mouflon, are hunted down during this time but you are free to hunt ducks during this season if you prefer winged game. Once October comes around, you can get out the top carbon arrows you were reserving for the fallow deer. Wild boars are usually hunted between November and January. Other wildlife to hunt in Hungary include rabbits, foxes, hare, Been goose, etc.
Generally, there are three types of methods employed by hunters in Hungary. The first one is rifle hunting and this is the classical way of hunting. You basically find a camouflaged spot in the wood and wait for the animals to show up. The second method involves stalking the animals on your hunting bikes as they move until when you are within striking distance.
Finally, hunters may also choose a “high seat” to hunt from. This involves climbing a raised platform, such as a watchtower, which places you at a vantage point to see the animals passing underneath. This also acts as a perfect position to aim and hit your target.
There are a couple of restrictions imposed by the authorities during hunting. For example, you can’t bring some gadgets to the hunting zone for the purpose of hunting. This includes accessories like silencers and weapons such as automatic and semi-automatic rifles.
Furthermore, any electronic optic devices on the gun, including thermal imaging equipment or night vision sights are not allowed. Straying from the guidelines above could easily earn you a hunting ban in the country.
So, before you and your hunter friends plan a trip to Hungary, be sure to equip yourselves with the right knowledge. The above article provides the down low on all you need to know when planning a hunting trip in Hungary.
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