2011 - ALL ROUND NATURE AG. ALL » Wild species » Hare



(Lepus europaeus)


Distribution:The European hare is a widely spread species. Various sized stocks of it can be found over almost all of Europe. They can be found all over Hungary, but the more forested areas in Transdanubia, which are more favourable for big game, support a smaller number of hares. The best hare stocks in Hungary are to be found in the Great Hungarian Plain, in Heves, Csongrád, Békés and Szolnok Counties. The distribution of hares is limited by the cultivation of large fields. Habitat comprised of smaller fields like a mosaic and divided by borders is especially important for this species. If all these requirements are met, this species is capable of reproducing at an incredible rate. 

Hunting season:

European hares:                      1st October – 31st January

European rabbits:                   1st September – 31st January

Hunting methods:The most effective and perhaps most tiring method is hare driving, where 20-30 hunters and at least twice as many beaters form a U shape or a circle, and, moving towards the centre of the circle, try to flush the hares out of deep furrows or corn stubble left on the field, which can often be as large as 100-200 hectares. This method puts a serious physical strain on both beater and hunter. During hunts 200-300 specimens may be bagged a day. In the Great Hungarian Plain, where extensive covered areas border farmland, hare hunting can be perfectly combined with pheasant hunting. In this case with the participation of fewer hunters and beaters, eventful and exciting hunts can be organised, where hunters can take a shot at hares, pheasant cocks, wild ducks or even foxes flushed by dogs from amongst the reeds, smaller forest patches or crops left on the fields. At these mixed hunts we can expect to bag as many as 100-200 specimens. Hunting hares can also be combined with the cull hunt of some big game species such as boars or roe does.