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Pheasant Shooting | Château Mátra | Hungary

Overview

Tour code: HUN005

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.

Location
Set on the edge of the village of Bodony and located on the northern slopes of the Mátra Hills, 80-minute drive northeast to the Hungarian capital city of Budapest and just a 90-minute transfer from Budapest airport. The lodge has a south-facing aspect and is situated on the edge of the settlement in quiet and peaceful surroundings rising above the village. Making this one of the best destinations to go Pheasant shooting in Hungary.

Shooting
Depending on the time of the season there will be Pheasants 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 on 1st 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. You will be shooting 500 birds during your stay, 250 birds per day and overages apply if you were to exceed the bag. There will be 4 drives during the day which span across the entirety of the estates 3000+ acres. Visit our YouTube Channel for videos on shooting tips, destinations and species.

Additional Activities
When going Pheasant Shooting in Hungary, there are additional activities provided for non-hunting companions should they wish to travel with you. Guided tours can be arranged to the nearby towns of Gyöngyös and Eger which are both excellent wine regions and of course the capital Budapest. The nearest village is Parád which is famous for its mineral water and thermal baths. The hunting lodge offers music, sauna, steam room and massages should you wish to stay closer to home.

If you have any questions about our Pheasant shooting in Hungary trips you can contact us in the office or request a free brochure.

Accommodation
Château Mátra

Set on the edge of the village of Bodony and located on the northern slopes of the Mátra Hills, an 80 minute drive north east of the Hungarian Capital city of Budapest. The impressive Chateau Mátra is only 90 minutes transfer from Budapest airport which allows for a quick journey time to your destination.

 

The Lodge

The lodge has a south facing aspect and is situated on the edge of the settlement in quiet and peaceful surroundings rising above the village. The impressive trophy room which serves as the lounge and dining room offers guests spectacular views of the volcanic Mátra hills stretching to the south where the highest point in Hungary is located.

Walking through the stupendous hunting lodge you will be in awe of the magnificent decor and its charming history. The Chateau Mátra offers comfortable and stylish accommodation for up to 20 guests, with 6 twin rooms and 7 double rooms all with en suites. Each room is decorated in the Chateaus grand theme and comes with a television, a small fridge and of course free WiFi and overlooks the beautiful estate on which it sits. The creamy yellow exterior of the building gives a grand yet welcoming impression and the courtyard is beautifully situated at the bottom of a sweeping staircase to the entrance of the property where the final days parade of game is laid out for respect.

Additional activities can be provided for the non-hunting companions should they wish to travel with you. Guided tours can be arranged to the nearby towns of Gyöngyös and Eger which are both excellent wine regions and of course the capital Budapest. The nearest village is Parád which is famous for its mineral water and thermal baths. The hunting lodge offers music, sauna, steam room and massage should you wish to stay closer to home.

The lodge welcomes you back from a bountiful day’s hunting with delicious Hungarian specialities and game dishes, accompanied by the very best Hungarian wines, served in the banquet hall. Evenings offer the opportunity to share shooting stories over drinks in the trophy hall and the club lounge, or simply to unwind in the sauna. Thrill-seekers can try their hand at laser shooting, while strategists can outwit one another at chess or billiards in the bar.

You will never feel out of place at this beautiful lodge whether you are a keen shooter or simply just a guest accompanying a gun, there is something for everyone. Plenty to see and do and incredible hospitality. Don’t forget that guided tours can be arranged to the nearby towns of Gyöngyös and Eger which are both excellent wine regions and of course the capital Budapest. The nearest village is Parád which is famous for its mineral water and thermal baths this is a great visit for those who are not coming to hunt but want to experience the culture.

 

Food and Drink

The food at Chateau Mátra is very carefully prepared and it is renowned for its typical Hungarian influences. The chefs use a lot of game meat from what you shoot on your days in the field and locally cultivated ingredients to provide you with the most delicious meals. Please note that the kitchen staff will cater for any special diets and allergies.

A typical lunch would be asparagus cream soup, fois gras, poached egg followed by a venison trio (Loin, ribs and sausages), wild garlic gnocchi, beetroot, mushroom, goats cheese and date sauce. To finish for dessert you will be served dark chocolate mousse, hazelnuts and strawberries.

There will be something for everyone to enjoy and you will get the chance to try some wonderful dishes during your time at the lodge.

 

Board: Full board
Rooms: Double and Twin rooms
Internet: Free Wifi
Power: 230 volt
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Alcohol: Reasonable limit
Equipment Hire: Gun hire available
Cards Accepted: Both Credit and Debit
Cash Accepted: Euros, Forint and US Dollars
Quarry Information
Pheasant
Season: September-February
Peak: December

Itinerary

The Itinerary below is dedicated to driven Pheasants days but the opportunity to shoot some wild Duck alongside can be arranged, as all our tours can be tailored to suit. We also have daily flights departing from the UK therefore should you wish to come home early or extend your stay with additional days either sight seeing or relaxing at the beginning or end of the itinerary below.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive in Budapest.

A representative from Chateau Mátra will greet you upon arrival to help assist you with gun clearance should you wish to bring your own.

You will then be transferred to Chateau Mátra estate (1 hour 30 minutes). When you arrive at the estate the staff will allocate you to your room where you will have time to relax, take in the views and unwind and join in for drinks and dinner around 7:30pm-8:00pm.

Overnight Accommodation: Chateau Mátra (Single rooms) F/B

Day 2: Shooting Day

You will enjoy a fresh breakfast in the dining room at 7:30am-8:30am before gathering your personal effects and shooting equipment.

You will need to meet for a briefing at 9:00am where you will be given information on the daily programme, safety rules and given the chance to be introduced to your loader.

From there you will be heading out at approximately 9:15am to shoot 4 drives in the day (two in the morning and two after a break) which will consist of hand-picked drives from around the grounds, giving you over 3000+ acres of shooting.

The first drive will be no more than 10 minutes away, if you choose to do so you may shoot Duck as a separate drive providing they’re in season. Follow on to the next drive where Bálint and his team will have skilfully planned for you another exciting drive, by this time you will have really got your eye into the incredible quarry.
After two fun-filled drives, it will be time to have a break where you will get the chance to refuel on some cake, savoury treats and some drinks.

Once you have been refreshed it’s time to move on to the last two drives before lunch where again you will have the chance to test your skills on the spectacular birds in the undulating topography of the beautiful grounds.

It will soon be time to head back to the Chateau for lunch at approximately 2:00pm-3:00pm as light will soon be fading. Lunch will be held in the hunting lodge at where you will proceed to further enjoy yet more fabulous, locally sourced food.

At the end of the day once the excitement is over you will retreat back to the Chateau to unwind and reflect on the days shooting before a more calm affair of dinner and drinks which will be served at 7:30pm-8:00pm.

Overnight Accommodation: Chateau Mátra (Single rooms) F/B

Day 3: Shooting Day

Prepare yourself for a wonderful day ahead with another delicious breakfast in the Hunting Lodges dining room in between 7:30am-8:30am before collecting your personal effects and meeting for your briefing of the day with the host.

The day will be very similar to that of the previous with regards to the number of drives and breaks, however they will plan different drives for you to shoot to keep your trip and shooting as varied and exciting as possible.

Lunch will be served back at the Chateau at around 2:00pm-3:00pm where you will be able to catch up with other Guns and reflect on your mornings shooting.

The last drives of the day will be carefully planned so that you will achieve the desired bag and thoroughly enjoy the remainder of the day with some challenging birds. Once you have returned to the hunting lodge from your last days shooting, the team will lay the bag in a beautiful arrangement for you to pay your respects to.

A restful afternoon and evening will be deserved and will give you a chance to catch up on the day’s activities before dinner and drinks are served at 7:30pm-8:00pm.

Overnight Accommodation: Chateau Mátra. (Single rooms) F/B

Day 4: Departure

Depart Budapest
Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Shooting Gun Bag size Availability Notes
01/09/2019 30/09/2019 4 3 2 £2,269 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2019 31/10/2019 4 3 2 £2,269 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2019 30/11/2019 4 3 2 £2,269 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2019 31/12/2019 4 3 2 £2,319 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2020 31/01/2020 4 3 2 £2,369 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2020 29/02/2020 4 3 2 £2,369 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2020 30/09/2020 4 3 2 £2,269 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2020 31/10/2020 4 3 2 £2,269 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2020 30/11/2020 4 3 2 £2,269 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2020 31/12/2020 4 3 2 £2,319 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2021 31/01/2021 4 3 2 £2,369 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2021 28/02/2021 4 3 2 £2,369 500 Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2021 28/02/2021 4 3 2 £2,269 500 Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on 8 guns sharing transfers and shooting based on two 250 bird days (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All flights
  • All Transfers
  • 2 x 250 Bird Days
  • 3 Nights at Château Mátra
  • All Meals
  • All Drinks
  • Licenses and Permits
  • Loaders
  • Gun Hire

What's Excluded

  • Personal Insurance
  • Cartridges (12 Euros per box of 25)

Options

  • Non-hunting companions are 190 Euros per person for Accommodation and Food.

Price Supplements

  • Overages are applied should you go over the agreed bag number of 250 birds per day.

  • Pheasants (October, November) 24 EUR/Bird

  • Pheasants (December) 25 EUR/Bird

  • Pheasants (January, February) 26 EUR/Bird

  • Wild Duck (September-November) 15 EUR/Bird

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Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry, no visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Budapest.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Budapest (2 hour 25 approx )

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

Note, if you wish to travel with your own guns you will need to confirm this at time of booking as some airlines do not allow you to travel with firearms therefore we will need to ensure that you are on flights/airline that does allow travel with firearms.

Note If you are travelling from a E.U. country it is essential that you have a “EUROPEAN FIREARMS CARD” (Without this document it will be impossible to import any gun into the country). Once in the airport it will only be necessary to fill out a questionnaire, pay a small tax to get your  firearms card stamped. A maximum of 5 guns (rifles or shotguns independently) will be allowed under one person.

Transfer Time

Budapest Airport–  Chateau Mátra (approx 1 hour 30 minutes)

Questions & Answers

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 B&B and shooting for you.

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