Eurasian Brown Bear Hunting in Croatia
Croatia has a growing population of Eurasian brown bears.
Gold medal brown bears are a real possibility and this hunt has an unheard of success rate of 90%! The trophies earned in recent years prove the exceptional quality of these bears, with fur quality values often surpassing 350 CIC points.
- This is a baited brown bear hunt.
- You’ll typically be hunting from stands over the bait. Sometimes at night, which is legal in Croatia.
- A Gold Medal brown bear is a real possibility.
Croatia is also officially recognized by CITES, and for that reason exporting your trophy is no hassle.
Brown bear hunts in Croatia are done either during the spring or fall from tall, closed and comfortable “high seats” over bait. Bears regularly come to feed on carcasses, so the success of this hunt is almost guaranteed, of course, given the Goddess Diana smiles upon you.
Sometimes in Europe, there are some spot and stalk opportunities, but we recommend hunting bait as it is more successful.
- Fallow buck on Plavnik Island
- Dalmation wild sheep (SCI)
- Wild boar on Plavnik Island are FREE!
- Wild, native Mouflon sheep are open all year.
- Chamois are available September through January.
- Red stag are available September through January.
- Wolves are also available for a combo on your brown bear hunt.
In Europe, they use the CIC System which is a sliding trophy scale.
- Average bears square 6.5 to 8.5 feet (300-350 CIC) on this hunt.
- 400-500 CIC point bears are possible.
- Big boars will weigh over 640 pounds (300kg) and measure over nine feet (2.75 m) in length.
- The Croatian Record Eurasian brown bear scores 525.89 CIC points.
This Bear Hunt in Croatia Includes
- Croatian hunting license and permits.
- Transportation during the hunt.
- Rifle with a night scope is available for you to use.
- Croatian Hunting License and Tags
- Airport pickup (Zagreb)
- 4×4 transport to the blind from hotel
- Concierge touring
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Lodging and Accommodations
This hunt is out of a hotel as there is no lodge nearby. Breakfast and dinners are included.
Guiding is one-on-one. They use high-end spotting scopes and binoculars, (rifles are available to rent). Once an animal is taken, a call is made and men come out with a stretcher to pack the animal back to the lodge for gutting and caping.
There are no language issues at all.
The guides speak 5 languages (English, German, Italian, Spanish and Serbo-Croatian), and the Outfitter speaks perfect English.
Travelling to Croatia is Easy.
- You will fly to Zagreb, airport.
- Once you’re there the outfitter will pick you up for a small fee or you can rent a car.
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Stalking in Europe
Enhance your chances of success in stalking adventure by keeping your equipment simple and effective. Avoid taking any unnecessary gear in the off-chance you might use it. Try different combinations of equipment and find out what works best for you, your chosen quarry species and the environment in which you choose to hunt.
Traditional European Stalking Clothing
- Tweed clothing ( quick drying, warm even when wet, makes no rustling noise – particularly recommended for Highland stalking!)
- Shooting Jackets
- Shooting Trousers
- Hats (or Caps)
- Gaiters – extra tough to withstand brambles, heather – and sometimes even snakes!
- Gloves (with plenty of grip)
- Neck gaiters
- Microfleece layers
- Leather shooting boots (or perhaps wellies)
- A ‘commando sole unit’, to deal with difficult terrain for silence on rocky ground
- Comfortable socks (or waterproof socks)
- Ice grippers (depending upon weather conditions)
- Waterproof rucksacks or bags
- Rifles with carrying sling (made from non rustling, or rattling materials)
- Rifle covers (recommended for Highland stalking)
- Stalking telescopes or binoculars with a magnification of 20x
- Soft tissue paper to wipe down optics during wet weather (or lens cleaning cloths to keep optics clean)
- Flasks for hot drinks
- Binoculars or monoculars
- Head Torches
- High seats (for woodland stalking)
- Moist wipes
- Plastic/surgical gloves, to carry out the gralloch
- Appropriate knives with locking facilities
- A knife sharpener
- A spare knife
- Drag ropes and polythese bags
- Bug repellents
- Bipod or hiking sticks – to help with steadying a forward hand
- Basic first aid kits, bandages and tapes
- A strong torch for dusk stalking
- Peanuts and an energy bar
- Mobile phone
It is also recommended that you take the following:
- A map of the local area
- A compass
- A ‘CB radio’ (in case there is no mobile coverage)
- A whistle
Do consider that the more experience you get working alongside knowledgeable and experienced stalkers, the more your kit will change.