Bird Hunting in Beautiful Countryside
Bird hunting for abundant partridge, pheasant, and quail is very popular in Italy with resident hunters and visitors alike
Exciting Driven Boar Hunts
Italy is home to healthy populations of wild boars and driven shoots are popular and highly successful
Outstanding Vacation Destination
Whether you decide to go wine-tasting in Tuscany or pay a visit to the Roman ruins after your hunt, you'll discover why Italy is one of the world's finest tourist destinations
Italy on map
About hunting in Italy
With its storied gunmaking tradition and the presence of some of the world’s oldest gun companies, including Beretta, it stands to reason that Italy would be home to an enthusiastic hunting community. Whether you choose one of the many walk-up wing shooting opportunities for the country’s abundant pheasants, partridge, and quail, take part in a driven shoot for wild boar, or stalk roe deer, you’ll enjoy the unique experience of hunting in the Italian countryside. Most hunting is conducted in the northern regions of the country, with Tuscany, Umbria, and Sardinia being the most popular. The hunting in Italy is highly regulated, with hunting areas, quotas and permits subject to a yearly authorization process.
What you need to know
1. Planning your trip
2. Upon arrival
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
Visas and Permits
Holders of passports from the USA, EU countries, and many other countries are not required to have a visa for a tourist visit to Italy. To hunt in Italy you must show a hunting permit issued by your country of origin; discuss this in advance with your outfitter, who should be able to handle the hunting authorization process for you.
The main international airports are Milan and Rome, but there are a number of other airports with flights from many European cities. Your outfitter should make arrangements to assist you if you are clearing firearms upon entry. You will need authorization from your outfitter, a valid hunting license from your home country, and a gun permit or U.S. Customs 4457 form.
In central Italy, hunting season starts in mid-June for roe deer and continues, with different season dates depending on the animal, until March. In the Alps, the hunting season starts in early September and closes in the middle of December. Driven hunts for pheasants and wild boars are conducted between October and January. On certain hunting estates, animals such as wild boars and pheasants can be hunted year round.
After the hunt
Discuss the specifics of trophy export with your outfitter, who should be able to arrange most documents required. Trophies are generally transferred to a local taxidermist who will clean and treat the skulls and hides in preparation for export.
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