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(Phasianus colchicus)


Distribution:Several pheasant subspecies, originally native to Asia, were introduced to several countries in Europe including Hungary. Apart from these, several species were taken into breeding programmes. These interbred subspecies produced the hybrid that today we call common pheasant, which prefers flat and slightly undulating countryside up to 400 m above sea level. Loose sandy soil is very important for them, because they are partial to dust baths. Their territories are small, so borders where they can hide and feed, which run along farmland and which are rich in species and wooded and shrubby areas, are important to them.

Hunting season:

Pheasant walk-up hunt:          1st October – 28th February

Pheasant drive:                       1st November – 31st January

Hunting methods: Traditionally, pheasants are hunted using different versions of a driving hunt. For instance when hunters line up to form a letter U, or when pheasants are driven towards the hunters. Hunting with dogs is also a wonderful experience. Nowadays driving is the preferred method with large bags, when a group of 8-10 hunters line up along areas with thick undergrowth, and the beaters drive the prey towards them. This method is helped by purpose designed hunting forests. During drive hunts hunters and beaters line up together to form U-shape, and drive the prey together. During walk-up hunts possible hiding places, ditches, borders, stream banks and reeds are searched by smaller groups of hunters using dogs. On these occasions it may be possible to bag hares or duck as well