Poland is one of the most interesting places in Poland as regards organising driven big game hunts. It is prohibited to hunt in fenced districts; thus, hunting can only take place in natural conditions. On the one hand, it is very interesting for all real hunt lovers; on the other hand, however, it involves certain risk related to unpredictable hunt results. Of course, in well-managed districts there are big chances to get a good result.
During a collective hunting, one can hunt for deer stags, hind and calves, all boars, female roe deer and such carnivores as foxes, badgers, raccoon dogs and martens. In some hunting districts it is also fallow stag, hind and calf that can be intended for shooting.
What one has to pay attention to is types of game intended for shooting during a driven hunt in the territory of the given hunting district as red deer, fallow deer and roe deer are not hunted everywhere. All these factors affect the ultimate price of hunting.
A driven hunting consists in rounding up various parts of the forest with dogs and beaters, which is aimed at startling the game towards the hunters waiting in the relevant stand-places. The average number of drives that take place during a day ranges from 7 to 10, this number depends on area characteristics, the leader’s organising abilities and hunt results. As regards a well-organised collective hunting, the number of beaters should equal or exceed the number of hunters, there should be 3-5 dogs for flashing the game and at least one dog for tracking the wounded game. According to the hunting tradition cherished in Poland, when the hunt is over, disposition of hunted animals in a proper row should take place and respect should be paid to the game by means of playing the hunting horn and the leader of the hunt should make a speech.
Collective big game hunts are organised throughout Poland; however in some regions hunt results are much better than in others. Caution! A good area does not guarantee that the driven hunt will be successful. It happens, though, that in a theoretically well-managed district the results of a hunt are poor. There is usually one reason for such a situation: the hunt was not prepared and run properly.
In well-organised hunting districts one hunter can expect to shoot minimum 1 big game per day. What it means is that in case of a 10 hunters’ group the entire group can shoot approximately 30 big game within 3 days.
In accordance with the hunting calendar, driven hunts can take place from 1 October to 15 January. There are good and bad points as regards hunting in particular months; however, when choosing the dates of hunt, one has to realise one essential thing that can affect the result of the entire hunt, that is what is happening on the cultivated fields at the given moment. It is corn crops that are particularly important. Corn present on the fields effectively causes animals (in particular boars) to leave the forest, which directly contributes to the result of the hunt. The reason why it happens so is that a corn field is a place rich in food and at the same time a perfect shelter; in fact it is hardly possible to make boars leave the fields. Corn is harvested usually in mid-November; however when the weather is bad, it can be postponed till the end of December.