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HISTORY OF FALLOW DEER GAME 

     Hunting is as old as the mankind. In the ancient times everybody had the right to hunt, but with the introduction of private properties the efforts to own the rights came into being. In the feudal period the ruling class reserved this right for themselves. In the 16th and 17th centuries the right became even more reduced to selected types of game, not for their protection, but to preserve the right to hunt only for the chosen ones.  

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HISTORY OF FALLOW DEER GAME IN EUROPE 

     The fallow deer game lived in Europe in pre-historic ages in the Middle Pleistocene. Fossil findings prove that it occurred on its whole area. In Pleistocene layers of the last interglacial 650,000 years olds remains of fossil antlers were found and in 1883 the complete skeleton of fallow deer was found near Belzige, Germany and the trophy gained 195.6 points CIC (Dóža, J.) Other findings from the Middle Diluvium come from France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece and also from Great Britain near Clacton. Danmark has even 14 finding places.

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HISTORY OF FALLOW DEER GAME IN SLOVAKIA  

     Fierst written evidence of fallow deers on our territory (namely about the term Dama) is found in the Arpad repertory in Turčiansky and Liptovský register pointed out by Ortvay. When Hungarian king Belo IV, according to the donation letter from 11th August 1265, accorded priviledges to German immigrants in Nemecká Ľupča (nowdays Partizánska Ľupča) and Liptov, he reserved the hunting right for some species. The immigrants were forbidden to hunt red deers, fallow deers and boars, but they could hunt roe deers and hares. 

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HISTORY OF FALLOW DEERS GAME IN THE HUNTING GROUNDS PETROVEC 

     The attempts to introduce the fallow deer game in the perspective 70s of the last century led the Business Management of the National Forests in Banská Bystrica to the decision to import a basic herd from the Tamási region, Gyulaj hunting grounds 30km southwards from Siofok at Balaton Lake.

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