Hungarian Hunting

hungarian hunting

The Hungarian bird is mostly found in the northern portion of the United States and Canada, but are original natives of Hungary. Due to their gray breast, their official name is the gray partridge; however, they are most commonly known as the Hun or Hungarian partridge. Hungarian birds can also be distinguished by their brown back, grey flanks and grey chest. Hungarian birds also have a white belly with a brown horseshoe like mark on their chest.

Hungarian birds are close relatives to the Chukar and Barbary partridge. Hungarian bird's typical diet includes wheat, oats, barley and other small grains. Hungarian birds tend to feed on field edges and they remain very close to their roost throughout the course of the day. The farthest Hungarian birds tend to move is only 60 feet from their roost. Hungarian birds usually feed for a couple of hours in the morning and then again in the late afternoon, which is a very similar moving pattern to the ring-neck pheasant.

Hungarian birds are usually a foot in length and between 12 and 16 ounces when fully grown. Hungarian birds are also known to have outstanding insulation, which allows them to roost in the snow during the winter. Hungarian birds move very little due to their ability to survive easily.

Hungarian birds form a roosting ring in the winter to increase their chances of survival, which is very similar to the Bobwhite Quail, which forms a ring to generate and preserve heat. Although Hungarian birds have a great resistance to cold, they will die from extreme winters that have a lot of snow because it prevents them from getting food. Another hardship Huns face in the cold weather is the survival of their newborns. Over 70 percent die during their first year.

Mating season for these monogamous birds is in the spring and can easily be identified by the mating call of the male Hungarian bird. The mating call, which sounds like the opening of a rusty gate, establishes his breeding territory and beckons females. Once a female responds, the male walks around the female stretching his neck and swelling his chest and then lowers his head until it is right above the ground.

Hungarian birds can be difficult to hunt because they require very little cover to feel safe. They also often flush in a group to bewilder and distract predators; therefore you should aim and one Hungarian bird in particular instead of shooting at the group. Hungarian birds will typically not fly far once flushed, so it is feasible to flush them again. To get an easier shot, follow the smaller group once the covey starts to split apart.


When hunting Huns, the best companion is a Hungarian hunting dog that works well at a close range. Brittany, Gordon setter or German short-haired pointer are good options because they don’t stray very far away. Dogs that are good at working large open spaces tend to work too far ahead and end up flushing the birds out of range.

Most hunters prefer semi-automatic or 12-gauge pump shotguns with a 6 or 7 1/2 shot when hunting Huns because you typically well have long shots.

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