HUNGARIAN HUNT- Red Stag

HUNGARIAN HUNT- Red StagHere’s a program from our archives.Ambience: Hunting soundsThis month, in Hungary, it’s the season for one of Eastern Europe’s oldest traditions: hunting. Hunters and their dogs are taking to the woods in pursuit of deer, pheasant and other animals. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.ambience: red stagsOne popular hunting target is the Red stag. Right now we’re listening to the sounds of these deer in breeding season, or ‘rut’. Their calls are meant to intimidate rival males, and maintain dominance within the group.”During the rut season, the stag is territorial and he signalizes that he is the head of that part of the area; he is the boss in that part of [the] wood and he doesn’t accept any other stag to come in and to get close to the females, because they have seven, eight females with them and they chase the other males and they keep the area and the females for themselves.” Antal Toeroek is a Hungarian hunter. He tells us that the deer’s breeding season signals the start of the annual stag stag hunt. Hunters take aim at the older stags; to them, it’s a way of culling the population and making sure only the fittest animals have the opportunity to breed.”We have to shoot them during the rut season, because it is the only period of the year when you can really choose the animal that you shoot. You take out from the population what is old enough. They are not suitable to breed in our population; we have to shoot during the breeding season.”We’ve been listening to a program from our archives. Check out our website, pulseplanet.com for a link to my latest project – it’s a novel. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

HUNGARIAN HUNT- Red Stag

The sounds of the mating behavior, or 'rut', signal the start of Red Stag hunting season in Hungary.
Air Date:11/17/1999
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HUNGARIAN HUNT- Red StagHere's a program from our archives.Ambience: Hunting soundsThis month, in Hungary, it's the season for one of Eastern Europe's oldest traditions: hunting. Hunters and their dogs are taking to the woods in pursuit of deer, pheasant and other animals. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.ambience: red stagsOne popular hunting target is the Red stag. Right now we're listening to the sounds of these deer in breeding season, or 'rut'. Their calls are meant to intimidate rival males, and maintain dominance within the group."During the rut season, the stag is territorial and he signalizes that he is the head of that part of the area; he is the boss in that part of [the] wood and he doesn't accept any other stag to come in and to get close to the females, because they have seven, eight females with them and they chase the other males and they keep the area and the females for themselves." Antal Toeroek is a Hungarian hunter. He tells us that the deer's breeding season signals the start of the annual stag stag hunt. Hunters take aim at the older stags; to them, it's a way of culling the population and making sure only the fittest animals have the opportunity to breed."We have to shoot them during the rut season, because it is the only period of the year when you can really choose the animal that you shoot. You take out from the population what is old enough. They are not suitable to breed in our population; we have to shoot during the breeding season."We've been listening to a program from our archives. Check out our website, pulseplanet.com for a link to my latest project - it's a novel. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.