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Montería

 – Classic and traditional hunting method –

Classic and traditional hunting method

Spanish Monteria

The Montería is the most classic and traditional hunting method of Spain. An amazing experience that allows the hunter to live incredible feelings in a friendly ambiance surrounded by the most typical Spanish landscape and its delicious gastronomy & wine. An experience to live at least once in your hunting life!

Spanish Monteria Information spanish monteria The Iberian Mediterranean forests, epitomized by the Sierra Morena, have been home to magnificent game populations since time immemorial. Many centuries later they are still hunted using the most traditional collective form: LA MONTERÍA. It is one of the most thrilling forms, where personal contact and camaraderie become one with the wilderness, nature in its most primitive sense, and a passion for hunting, through ancestral rituals that have changed little over the centuries. A hearty breakfast of "migas y huevos fritos”, the meeting of old friends and an exciting drawing of the posts prepare the hunter, accompanied by the constant barking of his equally eager dogs in their crates. With the hunter at his post, the dawn’s mist begins to fade, revealing the colors of the Mediterranean mountains in all their splendor. spanish monteria Tensions run high as the conch shells sound, guiding the “rehalas” [hunting dogs] to the approaching game. The lone hunter watches from his post as the game comes within reach, allowing him to pick off his specimen knowing that the dogs will track it down. Back at the "junta de carnes" [gathering of the kill], the hunters enjoy a delicious meal and begin what is for many the highlight of the "montería": Relating personal experiences, listening to others, and seeing the results of an unforgettable day, one that shall remain engraved in their memories.

Want to come to our next Montería?

Here you can see our Exclusivity monteria program from the 01 to the 04 February 2018 also very special for non hunters, don´t miss it.

What is Spanish Monteria with Iberhunting?

The Iberian Mediterranean forests, epitomized by the Sierra Morena, have been home to magnificent game populations since time immemorial. Many centuries later they are still hunted using the most traditional collective form: LA MONTERÍA.

It is one of the most thrilling forms, where personal contact and camaraderie become one with the wilderness, nature in its most primitive sense, and a passion for hunting, through ancestral rituals that have changed little over the centuries.

A hearty breakfast of “migas y huevos fritos”, the meeting of old friends and an exciting drawing of the posts prepare the hunter, accompanied by the constant barking of his equally eager dogs in their crates.

With the hunter at his post, the dawn’s mist begins to fade, revealing the colors of the Mediterranean mountains in all their splendor.

Tensions run high as the conch shells sound, guiding the “rehalas” [hunting dogs] to the approaching game.

The lone hunter watches from his post as the game comes within reach, allowing him to pick off his specimen knowing that the dogs will track it down.

Back at the “junta de carnes” [gathering of the kill], the hunters enjoy a delicious meal and begin what is for many the highlight of the “montería”:

Relating personal experiences, listening to others, and seeing the results of an unforgettable day, one that shall remain engraved in their memories.

Monteria Roles

Monteria is a collective form of hunting that involves a number of different roles without whom the proper development and success of the brush beating is impossible.

LA REHALA: Each rehala has between 10 and 12 pairs of dogs and is driven by a dog handler known as the “perrero” or “podenquero”. Most rehalas that participate in monteria “a la española” are comprised of hounds, though boar hunters often prefer mixed-breed mastiffs, catch dogs, hounds, and griffons, among others. They are the real stars of the monteria.

EL MONTERO: The “montero” is the person in charge of completing the work begun by the rahalas whose success or failure defines the most thrilling moment of the monteria: the “lance” or shot. The “montero” is instrumental in the development of the monteria because ultimately the success and final outcome of the day’s hunt depends upon his strong performance and accuracy. The “montero” should be someone who respects the hunt and the environmental, a defender of good practices and traditions who follows the written and unwritten ethical rules of the hunt. The best “montero” is not he who obtains the most trophies, but rather he who hunts the best. The security of the post, the chivalry on the mountain and the companionship during the bush beating are some of the traits that make a good “montero”.

THE PROPERTY, THE RANGERS AND THE HUNTING MANAGERS: The proper care and hunting management of these individuals permits an impressive variety of game to inhabit the sierras of Spain, making it one of the preferred destinations for hunters around the world.

EL MAESTRO DE SIERRAS: The “Maestro de Sierras” is responsible for directing and coordinating everything involving and happening in the monteria. His participation is crucial to the monteria. The success or failure of the brush beating depends on good organization. He must have firsthand knowledge of the hunting terrain and decide with the rangers the best way to place the right number of posts to close off the brush securely and assemble the necessary number of rehalas for an efficient hunt.

THE POSTORES, SECRETARIES AND GUIDES: The “postores” are in charge of placing and removing the “monteros” from their positions and for targeting the game that they have killed in order to organize the collection with the “arrieros” [mulateers]… The “secretarios” accompany the hunters to their post and their mission is to control the movement of the game by the post, everything carried out by the “montero”, targeting any shot, fallen, injured and beaten game. The “guias” are in charge of placing the rehalas on the field, controlling the release and the progress of the hunt so that the brush beating is performed under the agreed upon conditions and the course of the dogs and the “rehalas” on the brush is kept organized.

THE CARRIERS: Their work is just as important as the rest of those involved in the event. They are in charge of gathering the fallen game and loading them onto the vehicles to be taken to the “junta” as quickly as possible.

COOKS, WAITERS, BUTCHERS AND TAXIDERMISTS: As is the case with the rest of the personnel involved in the above-mentioned monteria, the work of these last individuals also contributes to the smooth development of the monteria. It is an unwritten law to recognize their contribution in making our fine form of big game hunting a unique and unparalleled form.

Dear Antonio Teruel,

First of all I want to thank you for a very exciting Monteria on 26 – 27 January. I enjoyed it very much; the weather was fantastic, the area was very impressing, the red stags were numerous, the (Danish) group was friendly and relaxing, and your organization of the Monteria with all the people involved was amazing.

Arne J. Denmark

Dear Mercedes and Antonio,

Thank you for three wonderful days, with a great Monteria and plenty of wild game. It was a great arrangement and everything worked perfectly. Especially the hunt was very well organized, and we received a good briefing about the hunt and the area.

For me it was also a very good experience because I had the opportunity to bring my wife with me on the hunt. It’s nice to have someone to share this great experience with, when we get home. The only problem is that she wants to bring her own rifle and hunt the next time. I also really appreciate that you managed to get me some cartridges for the second day of the Monteria, because I had used all my shots the first day, due to the large amount of game.

Thank you very much we hope to see you soon.

Sincerely, Bente & Rolf Denmark

I will state that we really enjoyed the time we spent in Spain for the Monteria, this is something I will recommend others and I would like to experience again.

Trond Norway

Cazadores! Thank you very much for a fantastic hunt in Spain ! The Monteria has been the absolute highlight of my hunting so far – and I’am really looking forward to next year ! Weidmannsheil !

Marius Norway