Fallow deer hunting in Hungary
Hunt for Fallow Buck in Hungary
For the serious fallow deer enthusiast this can only be described as the best hunt in the world. The hunt is conducted during the rut when all the big buck congregate in their rutting stands in the forest of Hungary. Anyone who knows anything about fallow knows this is the Mecca for this species. Hungary has been synonymous with record fallow bucks for the last 80 years and indeed today nearly all the record fallow bucks have been taken there. A combination of great genetics and an abundance of feed and minerals as well as years of careful game management are responsible for the production of magnificent trophy bucks each season.
Our outfitter who has hunted in all the top trophy producing areas has access to without doubt the best free range hunting in the country. Our hunts offer our clients the chance to take beautiful representative specimens or that once in a lifetime buck you have always dreamed of.
Hunting is done by stalking in semi open forests of oak, elm and ash trees to where guides know where the rutting stands are located. From here it’s a matter of finding the buck you are after. Most hunting is done early morning and evening but it’s not uncommon for bucks to croak all day at the peak of the rut. Once you have found you trophy buck then it’s a matter of stalking to within range for a shot
You will be staying in comfortable hunting lodges or small country hotels where all meals are provided including drinks (alcohol extra). Some lodges are right near the hunt areas and you can actually hear the bucks croaking from your accommodation.
You simply fly into Budapest international airport where you will clear your rifle through customs (very simple procedure) and pay a small license fee. Once you come out of customs you will be met by the outfitter and taken by vehicle to the hunting area around 3 hours drive. Budapest is easily accessible through most European cities having daily flights. Once you have cleared customs here you can travel through any other EU country without having to apply for another firearm license.
What To Bring
Plan for a normal 3 day hunt, there is no camping out so you won’t need a sleeping bag or any other gear for camping. Comfortable boots, binoculars, cammo hunting clothes, a warm jacket for morning and evening, headlamp or torch, camera and personal gear. You will be doing some bush stalking so emphasis should be placed on silent on “quiet” style hunting attire.
All hunting trophies have to be evaluated and recorded by the game department in Hungary and during the rut this can cause a backlog of trophies as is to be expected. If you wish to take your trophies home with you there can be delays and it would be easier to have the trophies shipped unless you have a week or so spare time to travel whilst evaluation takes place.
Open season is from October 1st to January 31st but the peak of the rut is the 15th October until the 25th October. I wouldn’t recommend hunting outside this time.
Based on 2 hunters per group 4,300 euro per person including 1 trophy buck up to 4 kg (around 270 – 280 DS)
PLEASE NOTE DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THESE HUNTS WE ARE UNABLE TO HOLD A DATE UNTIL THE DEPOSIT OF 1,500 EURO IS PAID IN FULL. A FURTHER 1,500 EURO IS REQUESTED 2 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE HUNT DATE WITH BALANCE PAYABLE UPON ARRIVAL AT THE HUNTING CAMP.
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Included in Hunt Cost
The following are included in the hunt cost:
Accommodation 4 nights, all meals and drinks (not alcohol), guide and translator, 1 fallow buck to 4 kg, all transport in the hunting area, field preparation of trophies, transport of trophies to taxidermist, trophy evaluation.
Whilst all reasonable care will be taken during your stay, hunting is a potentially hazardous pursuit and your guide or his staff will not be held responsible for loss or injury that may occur.
We strongly advise all our hunters to arrange adequate insurance prior to leaving your home. All our hunters will be supplied with our Terms and Conditions and Indemnity Forms prior to the hunt commencement.
I have hunted in many places around the world but this hunt ranks up the there as one of the best hunts I have ever done. To see hundreds of monster fallow bucks in a rutting frenzy is something I will never forget. This hunt gets 10 out of 10 from me.
Please note that access to many International hunting grounds may require aerial and/or unusual forms of ground transportation such as snowmobiles etc. These forms of transport can be susceptible to the effects of extreme and unforeseeable weather shifts. Hunters are therefore advised to factor in some time flexibility to allow for unforeseen events.