Dalmatian Sheep Hunting in Croatia
Safari Club International Dalmatian Wild Sheep
There are only two places in the world to hunt Dalmatian sheep for your Ovis Slam.
Dalmatian sheep are native to the Dalmatian Islands off the Croatian coast. For centuries they were used domestically by peasants, but in the 18th Century, most of the people left the islands to find jobs on the mainland. Since that time these sheep have gone back to the wild and are extremely wary. Currently scientists only recognize the islands of Dugi Otok and Otok Plavnic (this island) as having pure Dalmatian Wild Sheep populations. SCI follows the scientific ruling when accepting entries for this OVIS species. *From SCI Online Record Book.
Croatia (Otok Plavnic)
Dalmatian sheep hunting on Otok Plavnic in Croatia offers the best bang for your buck.
Each season, more and more hunters are going to Croatia. This beautiful country has many hunting opportunities for multiple trophy species, great prices, good weather, easy logistics, and friendly people. Guiding is 1:1, they are very professional game managers and very knowledgeable hunters. Communication is not an issue as your guides will speak perfect English.
This is a free range Dalmatian sheep hunt hunt on the 3,000 acre private Mediterranean Island of Plavnik. This is a spot-and-stalk hunt, but tree stands are also available if you wish to use them. If you are in fairly good shape, you won’t have a problem hunting in Croatia.
- Sheep from the Mediterranean Island of Plavnik are recognized by SCI.
- Success rate is over 90% success with a 100% opportunity rate.
- Trophy quality is excellent to good.
- September through January
- Combo with fallow buck, and wild Russian boar.
- You will stay in a lodge that was built in 1577! It is clean and comfortable. You will eat local food, beer and wine.
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I would rank this hunt as one of my all time favorite hunts, it is definitely the most rewarding because I earned every inch of this magnificent 32 ¾” trophy. I learned so much of my physical condition and where I need improvement, this has motivated me to get back into the shape I thought I was in. Aoudad are tough!!! It took six shots, most of them good to put my ram down. The hunt of a lifetime.
My trip to Hawaii was great! My guide was very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife in it. During the hunt we encountered mouflon sheep, hogs, wild turkey and also some Vancouver bulls! After the hunt we walked back to the truck and Kalima took the time to drive around and show me the awesome scenery! This was my first hunt in Hawaii and also for Black Hawaiian ram! Was a great experience and I can’t wait to come back!
Sheep and tag numbers are on the increase which is good news all around. If you wish to sheep hunt, let us know now and we will in turn provide you with a reminder and information when the drawing time draws near. This is very special hunt and should be considered by anyone who calls himself a hunter, at least once before you retire the boots and rifle.
I love to hunt elk. Guiding hunts, floats, and fishing are all very special ways for me to earn a living. The difference is that… “I have to Sheep Hunt!” For me, there is no other place that I have found and no other experience that compares. I am sure there are many rams taken each year beside the road, on the trail or next to the river… those have nothing to do with what I am speaking of. In the 80’s and 90’s I guided countless Bighorn and Dall Sheep hunts. We would drop a hunter off at the airstrip (successful or not) sometimes on the proverbial verge of death, only to gather up the next victim and head out again. It never grew tiring, in fact it was just the opposite. “Exhilarating” would be more appropriate. I love every aspect of the sheep hunt. The terrain, camaraderie, the camping, the rocks. I love the rocks. Bighorn Sheep tags became more difficult to acquire through the 90’s and on into the new millennium.
I never in my wildest dreams ever thought I’d be drawn for an Idaho Bighorn Sheep Tag. I’d been putting in for 10 years and was drawn for the 2017 early season tag. I had gone on a successful guided mule deer hunt in November 2016 with the same outfitter, and was so impressed with the operation that I decided to change sheep areas and put my sheep tag in for his area.