Big game & deers
Hunting season: From the 11th of May until the 30th of September (buck)
Roe deer is the most common and frequent species of deers in Poland. Its typical biotope includes forest edge and farmlands. This animal may be spotted all over the country, even though the population’s density may be different in some regions.
A roe deer trophy is desired and sought for by many foreign hunters. Very elegant, it may develop unique antler forms varying in size, points and and pearls. If one is lucky, he may take a so-called abnormal trophy – an exceptional antler form of a fanciful shape, a dream of many hunters.
However, a roe deer will not be an easy take. This vigilant and careful game will make your hunt even more exciting, as it requires a lot of experience and knowledge.
The best roe buck hunting period is the season opening in May while no hunting activity has yet troubled the game in its natural refuge. The second period that the hunters willingly choose is the mating season that takes place between July and August. This is the time of the best trophies, when the most splendid and robust bucks are led by their instinct to show up. It also happened several times that some very big bucks were taken during the mating season even though they’d never been seen in a given hunting ground before!
Hunting mode: stalking, high-seat or calling, always in the company of an experienced Polish hunter.
Recommended calibre: .223, 7×64 and bigger
Season closing on this game on 30th of September does not forbid hunting does and kids – from the 1st of October until the 15th of January. Does gather in herds before the winter and that autumn hunting may also be very exciting. Many young hunters choose it for their first hunting experience in Poland. The may combine it with bird, small game or wild boar hunts.
Hunting mode: stalking, approaching by car, high seat.
Recommended calibre: see above
Wild boar (Sus scrofa L.) hunt
Hunting season: all year long (males) or from 15th of August until the 15th of January (sows)
Wild boar is the most common of Poland’s big game species. It is present in large numbers all over the country. The biggest populations exist in northern Poland and some hunting clubs have several hundred wild boars in their hunting plans each year. Wild boar hunting involves most of the time ambushing from a high seat or attracting with food. It is often a sort of diversity for the hunters coming to Poland to hunt other species. The reason is no closed season on males. The only restrictions concern sows (females). The best time of hunting is surely the full moon, when the shapes of these animals feeding at night are perfectly visible, especially in snowy winter.
Hunters are also most happy to see it during the driven hunts. However, that requires perfect shooting skills on moving animals. A fast-running wild boar with its massive and strong body and thick fur will be a hard take. When trapped and in danger, this animal may also become very dangerous and capable of defending itself fiercely by attacking humans.
Wild boar trophy consists of two pairs of tusks, inferior and superior. It will be a great decoration to any hunting room.
Hunting mode: high-seat including attracting by food or driven hunts (see below).
Recommended calibre: 7×64, .300, 30-06, .308 and bigger
Red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) hunt
Hunting season: from August the 21st until the end of February (stags)
from 1st of October until 15th of January (hinds)
from 1st of October until the end of February (calves)
Proclaimed the king of forest by the Polish hunting tradition, the red deer is the most important game. His presence all over the country may vary in density depending on the region. Red deer willingly inhabits large forestry complexes. While naturally active and feeding at night, it spends its daytime deep in the woods to stay away from predators and human presence. This species is very sensitive to everything that could spoil its rest.
The best red deer hunting season is the heat (braying season) in September, but some hunting grounds might be worth a visit even at the very beginning of this period, i.e. by the end of August. This kind of hunt requires a lot of patience and caution Even if a stag in heat is less alert than usually, the hinds in his presence will detect the least whisper or the smallest movement in the area very fast, thus giving him a warning about the oncoming danger. As in the case of roe buck hunt, the outings are performed early in the morning and in the evening. It often requires a few days of hard work to succesfully stalk a previously chosen stag. Trophies may vary a lot. Many hunters limit themselves to shoot a stag between 4 and 5 kg of antlers, but our hunting grounds will also offer you trophies of above 8 kg. A stag trophy is a classic, must-have hunting decoration bringing back a lot of great memories and making its owner proud even many years after.
Stags, hinds and calves may also be taken during the driven hunts, depending on the region.
Hunting mode: stalking, ambush or calling (individual hunt), or during the driven hunts.
Recommended calibre: .308, .300, 8×68 S and bigger
Fallow deer (Dama dama L.) hunt
Hunting season: from October the 1st until the 31st of January (stags)
from October the 1st until the 15th of January (hinds and calves)
The fallow deer, a deer family representative, is not an endemic species in Poland. Since many centuries though, it has been progressively introduced to the hunting grounds all over Poland. This species tends to adapt to many various conditions in different habitats.
A fallow deer is vigilant and remains active during all of the daytime. It lives in herds.
The hunting season typically includes the mating season, but some of these animals are shot during the driven hunts. Fallow deer trophies in Poland will rarely go over 2,5 – 3 kg of antlers.
Hunting mode: stalking, high-seat or driven hunts.
Recommended calibre: 7×64, .300 and bigger
Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus L.)
Hunting season – 01.10 until the end of February
Pheasant’s typical biotope is a vegetation-covered land supplying it with food and shelter. Osier beds on banks and shores, reeds and bulrush are a perfect place. Pheasants are typically spotted on farmlands covered with bushes and small forests. The are hunted because of the quality of their meat.
Geese (Anserinae L.)
Hunting season – 01.09-21.12 (all over Poland) or 01.09-15.01 (bean goose and white-fronted goose) / 31.01 (greylag goose), but only in the following provinces: Zachodniopomorskie, Lubuskie, Wielkopolskie and Dolnośląskie
There are few species of geese in Poland, but most of them are migratory and only happen to be seen seasonally. Our best hunting grounds for these birds (and the best in Poland) are located in the western part of the country, along the banks of Oder.
- - bean goose (Anser fabalis L.)
The most popular species, but almost exclusively seen in western Poland, close to the rivers Oder and Warta.
- - white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons L.)
Shows up mostly in the northern Poland, at the Baltic seaside.
- - greylag goose (Anser anser L.)
This species, rarely seen in Poland, is the biological ancestor of the domestic goose.
Ducks (Anatinae L.)
- - Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos L.)
Hunting season – 15.08-21.12
Most of the Poland’s predator population consists of small species and only these can be hunted. Foxes, raccoon dogs and badgers are available all over the country, but bigger predators – like bear, wolf and lynx – are under strict protection.
Except for driven fox huntings (see below), predators are never the main game during a hunt. In most cases they are killed during an individual or driven hunt.
fox, raccoon dog - 01.07-31.03 or all year long in the hunting frounds inhabited by a black grouse or a woodgrouse
badger- 01.09-30.11 or all year long in the hunting frounds inhabited by a black grouse or a woodgrouse
We have a special offer for those of you keen on fox hunting – a driven fox hunt. It is an offer for a small group of hunters (up to 7-8 guns) and a perfect occasion to train your dogs in burrows and in the driven hunt mode. These hunts take place in northern Poland.
Contact us for more details.