Formerly Czechoslovakia, these two small republics split from each other over political differences in 1993. Both are growing democracies, prospering after 4 decades of Communistic rule after World War II. Both have a rich hunting heritage and both have thinly populated forested areas, rich in wildlife and agricultural land where species such as roe deer prosper.
The infrastructure is better in the modern, industrialized CzechRepublic. Now there are many comfortable hunting lodges and quaint hotels in the rolling hill country of Bohemia and the beautiful JesenikyMountains of Moravia. Slovakia is less developed, but the wild Tatra Mountains are home to the Tatra chamois, unique to this country.
Modest prices, rich hunting traditions, and friendly people, have made the Czech Republic a preferred destination for European hunters for generations. The Bohemian atmosphere and abundance of wildlife, attract thousands of visiting sportsmen each season. While the Czech Republic has excellent populations of roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and Alpine chamois, it leads the world in the production of big trophy mouflon rams. The top 10 places in Rowland & Ward, CIC, and Safari Club International record listings have long been dominated by rams from the Czech Republic. Selective breeding and generations of scientific management are to thank for this accomplishment. Fallow deer are also of superior quality, thanks to importation of genetically superior stags from Hungary.
This country also offers excellent driven pheasant shooting. Bags of over 1,000 birds per day to teams of 6 to 8 guns are routine, on the better estates, while many estates today can provide good action in the 400 to 600 birds per day range. Famous estates like Zidlochovice have charmed visiting sportsmen for generations and still provide some of the finest wing shooting in the world.
The CzechRepublic is also justly famous for its entertaining sightseeing treasures – such as its beautiful capital, Prague. It is also the home of Pilsner beer, as well as the quaint beer brewing town of Budweis – the original Budweiser!
Slovakia is rapidly developing its own hunting industry today. It too can boast great mouflon rams, red stags and wild boar. The Tatra chamois can only be hunted here.