HUNGARIAN HUNT- Tradition

We’re in the wilds of Eastern Europe, where a group of hunters is taking aim at pheasants in flight. Today, a look at hunting season in Hungary. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by the American Museum of Natural History.

As the hunters point their rifles towards the sky, another group beats the bushes with sticks, causing the pheasants to fly up into the air. Hunters are only allowed to shoot at flying birds and prohibited from firing at female pheasants, which are needed to sustain the bird population. In order to prevent the shooting of female birds, a group of assistants calls out the sex of the flying pheasants.

ambience: Pheasant hunting, shouting

“In certain areas where it’s forbidden to shoot the females, to shoot the hens, they used to shout ‘cock’ or ‘hen.’ And it’s easier for the shooter to shoot the cocks only.”

Antal Toeroek comes from a long line of Hungarian hunters. He tells us that for his family, hunting pheasants, deer, boar and other animals is an important tradition.

“Hunting is a way of life in my family. My grandfather and his father and my father, they were all professional hunters. I used to go with my father and with my grandfather when I was a kid. I was very happy and proud when I shoot sometimes their shotgun or even their rifle and I used to make the same thing with my son and I hope that he will be a good hunter, continuing the tradition of our family.”

Pulse of the Planet is presented by the American Museum of Natural History. Additional funding for this series has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I’m Jim Metzner.

HUNGARIAN HUNT- Tradition

For many eastern Europeans, this month is hunting season. Today a report from the wilds of Hungary.
Air Date:11/16/1999
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We're in the wilds of Eastern Europe, where a group of hunters is taking aim at pheasants in flight. Today, a look at hunting season in Hungary. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet, presented by the American Museum of Natural History.

As the hunters point their rifles towards the sky, another group beats the bushes with sticks, causing the pheasants to fly up into the air. Hunters are only allowed to shoot at flying birds and prohibited from firing at female pheasants, which are needed to sustain the bird population. In order to prevent the shooting of female birds, a group of assistants calls out the sex of the flying pheasants.

ambience: Pheasant hunting, shouting

"In certain areas where it's forbidden to shoot the females, to shoot the hens, they used to shout 'cock' or 'hen.' And it's easier for the shooter to shoot the cocks only."

Antal Toeroek comes from a long line of Hungarian hunters. He tells us that for his family, hunting pheasants, deer, boar and other animals is an important tradition.

"Hunting is a way of life in my family. My grandfather and his father and my father, they were all professional hunters. I used to go with my father and with my grandfather when I was a kid. I was very happy and proud when I shoot sometimes their shotgun or even their rifle and I used to make the same thing with my son and I hope that he will be a good hunter, continuing the tradition of our family."

Pulse of the Planet is presented by the American Museum of Natural History. Additional funding for this series has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. I'm Jim Metzner.