AH3 – Eurasian Brown Bear Hunt in Croatia with Adria Hunt
Eurasian Brown Bear Hunting in Croatia
This is a high success, baited hunt for trophy Eurasian brown bears in Croatia.
- Eurasian brown bears are very similar to North American grizzly bears.
- 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 weighing over 640 pounds (300kg) and over nine feet (2.75 m) in length are possible. The Croatian Record bear is 525.89 CIC points.
- Hunt over bait from “high seats” or spot and stalk. Spot-and-stalk brown bear hunting isn’t as successful as hunting brown bears over bait, so we highly recommend being patient and sitting it out.
- Success rates over 90%, with 100% opportunity, and it’s easy transport your trophy.
- Spring and Fall hunts are available. Spring season is March through May, and Fall hunts are September through December (full moon hunts are best).
- Croatia is EU member, and offers some great tourism on the coast and some excellent hunting combo possibilities.
With a growing population, 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. 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.
- 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
*Prices subject to change without notice, so lock your price in with a deposit asap.
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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Suggested gear list for hunting (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.
- 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
When out deer stalking on the hills, 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.