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Pheasant Shooting in Hungary

Pheasant Shooting Hungary Q&A

Pheasant Shooting in Hungary has increased in popularity over the last few years. When you arrive at the impressive Château Mátra estate you will be taken back by the wonderful location in which it’s set. Travelling through the Mátra hills you will observe the wonderful topography and greenery that Hungary’s best shooting estate has to offer. Balint and his team work hard to ensure there are healthy, strong and challenging birds equally spread throughout the vast estate to enable the best shooting possible. The accommodation, hunting and food at Château Mátra estate are of the highest quality and they will be sure to look after you in all respects of your trip.


Where is the Chateau?

The Chateau is set within 3000 acres of dedicated hunting grounds plus 500 acres which is set as a game reserve. It’s situated in a little village called Bodony in the Mátra hills, approximately 90 minutes from the capital Budapest and the airport and is divided into two sites within the hunting territory, easily accessible just a short drive from the village itself.


Where do they shoot?

You will be shooting within the grounds of the 3000+ acre estate and its 500 acres dedicated game reserve, which includes lakes, ponds, woodlands, parkland and agricultural land and you will be shooting 4 drives per day.


How long does it take to reach the shooting ground?

You will be staying in the Chateau Mátra within the estate, but it is vast so drives will be around 10 minutes away.


What quarry will I shoot?

Depending on the time of the season there will be Pheasant and Wild Ducks available to shoot to add variety to the days. Only Wild Ducks will be available to shoot in September but once the Pheasant season starts in October you will have the opportunity to shoot both should you wish up until November when the Wild Duck season finishes. The Ducks will be shot over the lake in the territory during separate drives.


What will the bag be?

The bag will be that of 500 birds to be shot over the two days, 250 birds will be shot each day (2×250).


How does the day work?

During your stay at Chateau Mátra you will head down to the chateaus breakfast room for between 7:30am-8:30am where you will enjoy a variety of freshly prepared food. You will then gather your belongings for a briefing which will include information about the daily programme, safety rules and a chance to be introduced to your loader. You will then head out to the hunting ground for 9:15am where you will be given your peg and shooting will commence at 10:00am.

You will be shooting two drives before you stop for a break where you will be served hot and cold drinks and some cakes to keep the energy levels up. After your break you will then head back out to shoot through the rest of the hunting grounds two drives before you head back to the hunting lodge for a hearty lunch once the light starts to fade at around 2:00pm-3:00pm. At the end of the day you will be able to kick back and relax in the comfort of the Chateau and its surroundings before dinner is served at 7:30pm-8:00pm.


Who is best suited to this destination?

The shooting is suited to the avid game shot who enjoys their game shooting and is happy shooting some challenging birds.


What skill level is required?

This trip would be ideal for the intermediate of game shots to the more experienced.


How physically demanding is this trip?

This trip is not that of a tough walkabout as you will have transport to each drives and loaders to help you with all your equipment.


When to go?

September for Wild Ducks only. The Pheasant season starts from October through until end of February.


How to get there?

Fly from the UK direct to Budapest with a transfer of 1 hour 30 minutes to where you’ll be staying at the Chateau Mátra estate.


What is the accommodation like?

The Chateau Mátra is the most luxurious hunting lodge which is south-facing and is situated on the edge of the settlement in quiet and peaceful surroundings rising above the village. The stylish lodge can be comfortably provided for up to 20 guests in superbly appointed, well equipped double rooms and two apartments (each accommodating 4 people) with views of the volcanic Mátra hills stretching to the South where the highest point in Hungary is located. A sauna and steam room is located in the Chateau for when those tired muscles are calling plus an onsite masseuse is available.


What is the food like?

The cuisine at the Chateau is renowned for its typical Hungarian influences. The Chefs use a lot of game meat and locally cultivated ingredients to provide you with the most delicious meals. A typical lunch would be Asparagus cream soup, Foie gras, poached egg followed by Venison Trio (Loin, Ribs and Sausage), Wild garlic gnocchi, beetroot, mushroom, goats cheese and date sauce. To finish for dessert you will be served Dark chocolate mousse, hazelnuts and strawberries.


Does the B&B provide hunting/Shooting equipment?

The estate will provide you with Gun hire.


Is internet and phone signal available?

There is usable phone signal and free WiFi.


Are there other activities available?

The Chateau can organise guided city tours to Eger or Budapest.


How much does it cost?

We offer a complete package including all flights and transfers to view all prices & availability click the “Dates & Prices” Tab above.


Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all our own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and shoot for you. If you wish to book or have any questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.

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