Welcome to Wild Boar Road Trip – Driven Wild Boar Hunting in Hungary on Team Wild TV.
It’s another beautiful morning in rural Hungary, Ian Harford and Steve Wild join fellow hunters and beaters as they gather for their first driven hunting adventure. As everyone begins to arrive there is an aura of respect and camaraderie between everyone involved.
- Episode 8 of the wild boar hunting road trip series
- The morning brief
- Ian Harford’s rifle and scope combo
- Steve Wild’s chosen rifle and scope
- The first day of the hunt.
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It takes the efforts of a huge army of people and dogs to bring together a day’s driven hunting; Ian and Steve are truly fortunate to be able to hunt in such an amazing environment. There is a mixture of experienced guns and hunters who are new to this style of shooting. After the morning briefing where the format of the day is discussed, Ian and Steve head out to their pegs.
Although Ian has hunted in Hungary many times in the past, he loves each time he gets to return to this beautiful Hungarian wilderness. Steve is eager to begin, as this is Steve’s first driven hunt in Hungary. Driven hunting like this is a great way to maintain a healthy number of wild boars.
Ian Harford’s chosen rifle and scope.
Today, Ian will be using his Sauer 404 Synchro XT rifle. He is very familiar with this rifle as it is the same one he used in Alaska. The Sauer 404 has some innovative features that are perfect for driven hunting. Attached is a Hawke Endurance 1-4×24 scope. Ian is ready for an epic wild boar driven hunting day.
Steve Wild’s rifle and scope combination.
Further upfield, Steve sets up on his peg and prepares his equipment. The weather is extremely cold, but thankfully Steve is wearing his Deerhunter Mouflon suit in Realtree Max-5 camo, which is keeping him warm in the challenging hunting conditions. Steve will be using his trusty go to rifle, the Blaser R8 Professional Success in 300 win mag. Just like Ian, Steve has used this rifle in Alaska and he knows its ideal for the hunting ahead.
After weeks of preparation, the first driven hunt is underway.
The first drive comes to an end and unfortunately, Ian hasn’t come across any wild boars. He has seen plenty of animal activity as two hares and a roe doe run through the area. However, the roe doe isn’t on the tableau today. Steve was also unsuccessful in spotting any wild boar. Although disappointed, they remain optimistic for the next two drives.
After a fairly uneventful first drive, Ian now has a more promising position, backed onto some woodland. The temperature has increased slightly, but the snow continues to fall. The scenery is spectacular; all that is missing is some pigs. Steve has also just set up for the second drive in a more favourable spot. Steve locates several wild boar signs nearby and is hopeful for this drive.
Again Ian spots more animals in the distance. This time a herd of red deer moves quickly throughout the opening. Ian’s neighbouring gun takes a shot but fails to connect. Steve’s neighbours have also been seeing some action, as sounds of gunfire can be heard around the woodland. Steve continues to patiently wait for the beaters to come through and drive the wild boars passed his position.
Unfortunately, as the second drive finishes Ian and Steve haven’t seen any wild boar activity. They both head back into meet with the others to reflect and discuss the days outing. The second drive had gone on slightly longer than anticipated. This meant with daylight fading Ian and Steve were unable to go out on their third planned drive.
Next time on Wild Boar Road Trip – Hungary
Ian and Steve head out once again ready for another epic driven hunting adventure.
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