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Red deer


(Cervus elaphus)


Distribution:As elsewhere in Central Europe it is the subspecies Cervus elaphus hippelaphus that can be found in Hungary. For the past decades the numbers of this species have been steadily growing, and their distribution has also changed. This process happened intensively, especially in the centre of the country. Besides natural processes, the reasons for this phenomenon are changes in forestry and agricultural concepts, conscious wildlife management, as well as disturbance by people and the growth infrastructure. The best stocks can be found in southern Transdanubia, Somogy, Zala and Baranya Counties. Habitats in other parts of the country also provide excellent conditions for red deer. Such good quality habitats can be found in northern Transdanubia and Duna-Tisza köze (the area between the Rivers Danube and Tisza).

Habitat:Extensive varied and mixed aged forests, rich in dense undergrowth, are especially important for red deer, because they are ideal hiding places and feeding grounds. Forest belts, especially around farmlands, are also increasingly essential, because they provide constant cover and tranquillity, while agricultural crops can serve as food sources at certain times of the year. As woodcutting, in the case of certain species of trees, goes on even during growth season, and disturbance by people has also increased, red deer retreat into farmland from forests. This process has been positively affected by the cultivation of large fields. There is no significant genetic difference between Hungarian red deer stocks, so any variations between individual deer are due to the capacity of the area to support red deer. The quality and quantity of the food available in the area determine the size of the stock, and also affect the quality of the antlers.

Stock:1936 estimates put the Hungarian red deer population at 12,000. Half of this stock survived World War II, and even in 1962 there were only an estimated 9,200 specimens. The following decades saw a dramatic increase in their numbers and by 1990 there was an estimated 50,100-strong stock. According to the 2010 estimate there are 92,577 specimens in Hungary. 41,137 deer have been bagged, more than 90 % in open areas. 10,494 of the bagged deer were stags.


International scores:


170,00 - 189,99



190,00 - 209,99



210,00 -



Hunting season:Stags are hunted during rutting or the mating season. Rutting starts at different times in different habitats. In the better southern habitats it starts as early as August, while further to the north, in Nógrád or Heves Counties, it can start as late as the first week of September. Bagging cull stags is possible towards the end of the rutting period, around the month of January.


Trophy mature stag:                1st September – 31st October (main rutting season: September)

Cull stag:                               1st September – 31st January

Hind, roe:                               1st September – last day of February

Calf:                                      1st September – last day of February

Hunting techniques:There are two favoured hunting techniques for killing red deer: stand hunting and stalking. Another popular method is to hunt red deer from a horse-drawn carriage, or jeep, when the stalking starts while travelling in the vehicle. Another exciting and much loved method is to imitate the bell of a stag during the mating season to attract the animal. Hinds, calves and roes can also be hunted by stalking or from hides, and lately, deer drives have also become possible.  

We have access to the best red deer hunting territories in Hungary. Zala, Somogy, Baranya and Bács-Kiskun counties and the Balaton lake secure the best quality free range red deer stags.

World famous Hungarian red deer trophies:


Kill location


IP point

World ranking

Karapancsa (1986)

14,5 kg

271,00 IP


Pusztakovácsi (1981)

14,0 kg

269,89 IP


Lábod (2001)

16,81 kg

265,67 IP


Vörösalma (2002)

14,05 kg

263,88 IP


Kerecseny (2000)

13,98 kg

263,30 IP


Szentpéterfölde (1992)

14,7 kg

261,29 IP


Hahót (1985)

16,4 kg

260,07 IP


Noszlop (1992)

12,68 kg

260,02 IP


Bajcsa (1989)

14,74 kg

257,88 IP


Nagykanizsa (1981)

11,75 kg

257,15 IP


Bezeréd (1982)

12,95 kg

256,97 IP


Kisbárapáti (1985)

13,75 kg

255,45 IP