I’m lucky enough to be approached to sell sport by estates. And often their pitch for their sport proves accurate…mostly when it doesn’t sound too good to be true. As those of you who’ve been my guinea pigs on trips from the Arctic Circle to New Zealand know, I rigorously test each and every venue before adding it to the portfolio of sport we offer (or rejecting it).
So when an email pinged in offering lots of boar, a world’s top 10 vineyard and a fully staffed converted farmhouse in Tuscany ‘just outside’ Pisa, my ‘too good to be true’ antennae were at full alert. Several phone calls and drinks at The Goring later, and I found myself on a flight bound for Pisa.
Few destinations have caused as much excitement in the Day household …so why so much fuss about a farmhouse in Tuscany?
See the sunrise and the sunset with stalks from a high seat or off sticks at either end of the day. No trophy fees or bag limits means you know exactly what your sport is going to cost before your plane leaves Britain. There’s something liberating in being limited only by your stealth, skill, and what Mother Nature sees fit to show you. In twelve months of exploring Tuscan boar, I’ve made four trips and we’ve seen plenty of boar and had success stalking them every time. And over sun-drenched days, trips that were about the pursuit of pig morph into relaxed revelations as fine wine and the delicious local foods work their magic.
Day 2 & 3 – Early starts are par for the course if we hope to catch boar on their way to bed. So after coffee and biscotti, we’re out after the boar. Breakfast on the terrace greets returning stalkers, and the day stretches out before you to be filled with exploring the estate, little local mountain villages, Tuscan beaches, or just lounging by the villa’s pool.
Day 4 – After a leisurely breakfast, the staff will return you and yours to Pisa, replete with Italian hospitality, fine wine, and boar-based adventure.
Of course this is just a flavour of what we can offer. Obviously, this can be adapted to meet your requirements. With the proviso that no stalking takes place on Fridays or Tuesdays as these are Italy’s closed days, helping to prevent over persecution of the quarry.
Tags: tuscany, wild boar, wine