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Wild boar

WILD BOAR

(Sus scrofa)

 

Distribution:It is a game species that can be found everywhere in Hungary. In the past few decades there has been an increase in the wild boar population throughout Europe as well as in Hungary. Due to global warming, new habitats are becoming available for the species, and besides better chances of survival, they can also raise their young more effectively. The increase in their numbers can also be attributed to the fact that they are a less hunted species, the expansion of forested areas, and the changes in agriculture.


Habitat:The original distribution of wild boar was closely connected to their preference for wet marshland. With the disappearance of such areas, they adapted to the new conditions of their habitats, and occupied forested territories. Besides these, today, they can also be found in large expanses of farmland, which they use as hiding places during the day. Wild boars are being driven out of farmlands, because the size of cultivated fields has decreased. In such areas they can be found in the surrounding forests, larger forest belts and hiding places.


Stock:In Hungary the first official estimate was given in 1936, and it put the number of wild boars at 6,000. This low population suffered severe losses during World War II. Even in 1960 there were only an estimated 8,300 specimens, of which 3,900 were bagged. During the following decades due to favourable habitat conditions and the fact they were a less hunted species the size of the stock grew steadily. By 1970 the population increased to 15,700, and in 1990 there were an estimated 46,600 specimens and 38,800 wild boars were bagged. Following the fall of the communist regime, due to compensations, there was a change in the land ownership structure, which had negative effects on the habitat of wild boars. However, the size of the wild boar population continued to grow, and by 2000 their estimated number was 76,100. According to data provided by the National Game Management Database in 2010 estimate puts the numbers of wild boars at 112,381, of which 106,734 were bagged; 100,936 wild boars were shot in open areas, of which 23,562 were males.


International scoring:

110.0-114.99                  bronze  ca. 18 cm

115.0-119.99                  silver    ca. 20 cm

Over 120                        gold     ca. 23 cm

Hunting season:

Boars, yearlings, piglets:           all year round

Sows:                                       all year round

Hunting methods: It is possible to hunt this species solo or in group hunts. During solo hunts several methods may be used to bag the specimens of this species. One of the nicest methods is hunting from a raised hide in moonlight, but many exciting hours can also be spent following the tracks of boars at night or in winter possibly with dogs. Other methods include tracking, hunting from vehicles or stalking. Group hunting methods such as driving with the view of a large bag, where dogs also take part in the drive are highly recommended. During such drives other species are not to be hunted with the exception of a few foxes to make the experience even more enjoyable. Another method of group hunting is herding, where dogs cannot be used. While using this method, it is possible to hunt fallow and red deer does, claves or roes.

Becouse of the high population you can find and hunt wild boars everywhere in Hungary. Big old boars can be find in hidden places. The chance of shoot one of these old warriors is the best in the forestry and private (non fenced) areas. 

World famous Hungarian trophies:

Ranking

Year of kill

Kill location

Length

CIC score

Hungarian ranking

International ranking

1.

2003.

Budakeszi

 27,55

162,85

1.

1.

2

2000.

Budakeszi

25,50

154,80

2.

4.

3

1995.

Szín

28,15

144,90

3.

11.

4

2004.

Hőgyész

25,50

140,85

4.

32.

5

1999.

Nádasdladány

24,65

140,30

5.

34.

 

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