Indulge the classiest pheasant hunt in vineyard regions
Why You Will Like It
- Experience the relaxing and sophisticated atmosphere of hunting with pointing dogs
- Explore the most interesting hunting estates deep into world famous regions
- Share with your family a luxury hunt thanks to a wide range of luxurious accommodations
- Take advantage of the greatest tourism opportunities making this hunt an unrivaled experience for any hunter aiming to share his passion with others
Italy holds some of the most fascinating hilly countryside in the world. Regions like Tuscany, Langhe and Umbria offer visitors incredible scenarios made up by the endless succession of small woods, vineyards and ancient villages. In these regions pheasants found the perfect habitat thanks to the presence of small cultivated areas spaced out by thick woods. The great population of pheasants as well as other wild birds and hares, resulted in the age-old hunting tradition of hunt with the pointing dog. By far the most hunted animal in Italy, pheasants are sought with different kind of dogs as English and Gordon setters, pointer as well as various other breeds causing endless discussions in the countryside pubs as well as into the most exclusive clubs about the “best hunting dog” to hunt with.
Pheasants inhabit the whole center and north regions in Italy but find the best habitat in the hilly part of Piedmont and Tuscany. In these regions pheasant shoot is a difficult hunt as birds will have the chance to hide in thick woods as well as run in front of the dog to fly at a great distance by the hunter. Despite the challenging behavior of pheasants, in some areas the density is so high that hunters will have the chance to bag very interesting numbers. Hunting is conducted on foot, walking in relaxing hilly scenarios, bordering open fields and vineyards where pheasants find food and the thicker woods where they hide during the day. Pheasant hunt represent the greatest example of collaboration between the hunter and his dog as both will need to do their best effort to finally catch the wild animal. As an ancient game among the prey and the hunting team, the final shot is only a small part of the experience where the collaboration with the dog, the understanding of what he is doing and where to block the wild animal make greatest part of the pleasure of the hunt.
The hunting estates selected by Italian Safari offer a great population of wild pheasants as well as, in certain periods, woodcocks and ducks. As every estate is privately owned and used since centuries for private hunt, ancient villas and castles are present as well as typical countryside houses where to relax after a long walk. Hunting programs are usually based on a minimum of two days, guests will be welcomed by a bilingual guide at Rome, Florence, Milan or Turin airport, depending on the region selected, and will be transferred to the hunting area. All Italian Safari travels are guided hunts and include the presence of a World Hunting member taking care of each and every hunting or non-hunting need of our guests.
Pheasants can be hunted all the day long but most guests usually prefer to concentrate the hunt in the morning, when, with a colder weather, is easier to find them in the open fields and dogs can more easily smell them while dedicate the rest of the day to other activities. Every region has its own characteristics: majestic palaces and breathtaking cathedrals of cities like Florence, Siena and Orvieto in Tuscany and Umbria, art collections and museums of Turin, shopping in the fashion brand boutiques of Milan, white truffle hunt in Langhe and many others. Other tourism opportunities such as great wine tasting and relaxing in countryside villas are typical of the most important countryside regions in Italy and can be experienced in all the areas selected by Italian Safari for our pheasant hunting programs. These endless tourism offers, the relaxing way of hunting and the availability of luxury accommodation make of this hunting opportunity an unrivaled experience for any hunter aiming to share his passion with others.
Aiport: Florence, Rome, Milan, Turin
Season: All year long
Animals: Pheasants, ducks, woodcocks
Pheasant hunting in Italy offers a luxury hunting experience as well as luxurious accommodation. The Tuscan countryside is famous for the large number of great accommodations ranging from the distinctive Agriturismo to the most exclusive ancient private villas. Guests will typically stay in a small inn deep within the countryside. The “agriturismo” represents the most typical accommodation in Tuscany and it offers, besides a high level of services such as swimming pools and comfortable rooms, the best way to experience the pastoral way of living that has always and continues to characterize the region. Most “agriturismi” also produce olive oil or wine and guests will have the chance to taste the products of the estate.
Guests wishing to experience the most exclusive and sophisticated part of Tuscany will choose one of the famous ancient private villas to be used as a base for the hunt, to explore the region as well as to relax in complete freedom, making of the stay a real luxury hunting holiday.
Less known but offering comparable accommodation opportunities are Langhe and Umbria where, beside the typical countryside accommodations, is also possible to stray into ancient hamlets or castles now rearranged as 5* luxury hotels both in the center of cities and in the countryside.