Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia
The Balkans are the region of Southeastern Europe which lie between western Europe and the Middle East. It is composed of Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and various republics of former Yugoslavia and Albania. The Balkans are famous for their rich hunting grounds and wild, sparsely populated mountains. Endowed with several mountain ranges, beautiful coastlines and lush river valleys, these countries boast a long list of European species. They offer excellent trophy quality red stags, Alpine chamois, Alpine ibex, Balkan chamois, mouflon, fallow deer, roe deer, and wild boar, as well as rarer species such as the European brown bear, wolf and lynx. Macedonia is the only country, except Greece, which can offer hunting for the coveted Kri Kri ibex. Exotics are also available for hunting on a few game reserves in Macedonia. These include Himalayan tahr, Aoudad sheep, Racka sheep and Axis deer.
Since Greece no longer has a sport hunting program of consequence, we must sadly eliminate it from our discussion of hunting destinations. Romania by contrast is so important as a hunting destination, that Hunt Europe has stationed a full-time representative there, in cooperation with the Hunting Consortium. We give this country its own section in our inventory of popular European destinations for hunters.
Low prices, superior food, wine and amenities and a diversity of European species has made the Balkans one of the most important regions for traveling hunters today. For that reason Hunt Europe has made its headquarters there. Our full-time professional staff oversee this multinational program from the corporate office in Skopje, Macedonia. Sasho Ivanov supervises the endeavors of our several regional representatives and Tony Tonchev is busy developing new programs in the ever-evolving European hunting scene.
As elsewhere in Europe, our programs in the Balkans have been designed specifically for our clients. Our staff travels frequently in the region, updating information and selecting new areas, always looking for the best hunting opportunities and the most reliable operators. Our partners in the Balkans are some of the most experienced and professional operators in Europe. Accommodations are very comfortable, with excellent foods and wines. The hunting is the best it has ever been in this region!
The rugged mountains and remote valleys of Bulgaria coupled with its quaint Eastern culture have made this country a fascinating destination for traveling hunters. Rich in wildlife, Bulgaria is more primitive than most other eastern European countries. The infrastructure is poor, the economy is agrarian and most of the country is mountainous, all of which contribute to it being an excellent country for hunting.
Bulgaria has long been famous for its huge red stags and is still the primary attraction for most hunters. Bulgaria also has excellent populations of Balkan chamois, roe deer and wild boar, as well as reasonable numbers of mouflon and fallow deer in some places.
On the finer estates, amenities are above average and Bulgarian service is always friendly and courteous.
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