„For starters the friendly people, the great food and wine, and the superb hunting lodges but, primarily, the sheer numbers and amazing quality of the trophies…”
By Gerald L. Warnock, M.D. (Weatherby Award Winner 1994) Safari Magazine November/December 2013
While Hungary has been famous and frequently visited hunting destination for European most notably German and Austrian hunters actually for centuries, very few of the American Nimrods came here to harvest any of those beautiful trophies. It is Golden Stag’s mission to rectify this imbalance and lift the veil off the unwanted secret by offering premium hunts to American and other hunters in Hungary and in its neighborhood.
The citation above by one of the most experienced safari hunters of our time is a clear statement. On top of the “sheer numbers and amazing quality” you can add fair chase and non-manipulated trophies. it is Game grown in natural habitat by the rules and forces of Mother Nature herself.
In 1986 C.J. McElroy, the Founder of SCI donated an International Wildlife Conservation Award to Hungary for her excellent game management practices.
The ancestors of Hungarians thousands of years ago have come from North-West Asia to Europe. They were hunters and fishermen. The legend holds that sons of Nimrod: Hunor and Magor were enchanted by a Miracle Stag and started chasing him. The long process of migration from the Ural Mountains to the Carpathian Basin is explained in the arts as the chase of the wonderful game animal. In the legend Hunor became the forefather of the Huns, Magor the forefather of the Magyars that is Hungarians. The soul of Hungary is depicted beautifully in this legend, and we, latecomer Nimrods like to feel ourselves as the successors of Hunor and Magor even today. Don’t be boring realists, a bit of romanticism will not hurt. So please, enjoy the legend and continue the CHASE!
Golden Stag will be more than happy to join.
In Europe traditionally the CIC international scoring system is used. In most countries the scoring by CIC points is obligatory, and in many cases the trophy fees are also established according to this system. Hungarian trophies held the CIC World Records of Red Stag, and Roebuck for long periods in the 20th century, while the No. 1. Wild Boar and Fallow Buck trophies are also from Hungary even today. Should you book your hunt in the Guth or Budakeszi Concessions, you can have your breakfast and dinner sitting under those World Record trophies hung on the wall of those superb lodges.
Less of the SCI top trophies are there yet as very few Americans and SCI members have hunted in Hungary. The above cited Dr. Gerlad Warnock is an exception as he shot the then SCI No. 1 Wild Boar tusk in the Gyulaj concession in 2011. Golden Stag makes sure that your trophy is also measured according to the SCI scoring system, if necessary, by a Master Measurer.
In addition to consulting you to identify the hunt that best suites you and your friends, all the “usual” organization and arrangements will be done by Golden Stag. Licenses, entry of firearms, lodging before, and after the hunts, cultural and tourist programs will all be arranged according to your needs. Unfortunately English is not much spoken in most hunting areas due to the traditional dominance of German speaking clientele. In many cases Golden Stag can find outfitters with English proficiency, or can trust one of its associates accompany you as a driver, escort and interpreter in one person.
Hungary is famous for its hot spring resorts all over the country. If you bring non-hunting family members with you, the lodging in such a resort even during the hunt can be a great option. Alternatively you can rest a couple of days after the hunt in one of these spa resorts. For specifics ask Golden Stag’s advice.
Another “Hungaricum” is wine, so a visit to the vineyards and cellars is also worth considering. To sip the famous Tokaj wine in a centuries old cellar can add a lot to the Hungarian Experience.