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!
This small country, about twice the size of Macedonia, was also spawned in the break up of Yugoslavia in 1991. It is blessed with a long and beautiful coastline, rich alluvial plains along the Drava and Danube river valleys, vast forests, and the rugged DalmatianMountains. These varied habitats harbor most of the major European game species. Croatia also boasts an excellent infrastructure, which, although damaged during the civil war of the 1990s, has largely recovered and is today one of the best in the Balkans.
One of the most important hunting destinations in Europe, Croatia has lured hunters from far and wide for hundreds of years. The famous valleys of the DravaRiver, which separate Croatia from Hungary and the DanubeRiver, which separates it from Serbia, have produced some of the largest red stags ever taken. The rich flood plains of these rivers also produce excellent roe deer.
Croatia’s forests are full of wild boars and a significant population of European brown bears. The coastal mountains produce excellent mouflon rams and Balkan chamois, as well as the wild Dalmatian Ovan, or wild sheep – a progenitor of our domestic sheep.
Croatia’s Adriatic Coast has been a tourist destination for generations and therefore there are an abundance of excellent hotels, guest houses, and hunting lodges throughout the country. Good road networks make traversing the country easy and quick, making hunting in several areas easily possible during the same trip.
Central European Mouflon
Dalmatian Wild Sheep
Eurasian(European) Brown Bear
Eurasian Wild Boar
European Fallow deer
European Red Deer
European Roe deer
European Wild Cat