Fallow Deer Hunting in Croatia

Fallow Deer hunting in CroatiaCroatia is among the rare countries that can boast of having a tradition of organised hunting more than 120 years old. Fallow deer hunting takes place on the Island of Plavnic.

Croatia Fallow deer hunting takes place in a coastal, dry environment, as opposed to much of Europe’s wet, rainy weather. The climate is Mediterranean along the Adriatic Sea in the coastal region, with warm summers and mild winters.
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Here you will experience beautiful and untouched nature in the coastal karst, covered with oak, Holm oak, and juniper. The hunting ground also has a house where shepherds used to live where, during the day, you can relax, freshen up and enjoy the beautiful views of Krk and Cres islands. Nearby are the ruins of a small church, and frequent guests are the Griffon vultures!”

Fallow deer were introduced to the Island of Plavnik (which can only be accessed by boat) during the 1990’s and are thriving. The island is located between Krk and Cres and has a total area of 1000 hectares and fallow deer are the only large game on the island. In addition to fallow deer hunting this outfitter also provides; Bear, Mouflan rams, Alpine and Balkan Chamois, Red Stag, Roe buck, wild boar, wolf, fox, jackal, and birds, partridge, pheasant, and quail.

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Croatia fallow deer hunting during the rutHunting Season:
Fallow deer hunting in Croatia takes place from September through January.

Rolling hills, rocky, but not too steep. Juniper and oaks with lots of stone walls from the old days of sheep herding. Beautiful sunny weather in the Mediterranean region. Plavnic Island is about 2500 acres in size. The original lodge building and church date back to 1577!

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Hunting Method
Stalking, Glassing, Walk, and Crawl or Kneel. Shoot from sticks or stone walls. Tree stands available for sitting if needed.

Success Rate:
High, close to 300-400 population of Fallow on the island with SCI approved feral rams. Finding deer was not a problem, getting close enough to a shooter without getting busted in the brush was.

Trophy Quality:
Excellent to good. Bronze-Gold medal animals are possible using the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) rating system.

Guides and helpers used high end spotting scopes and binoculars. Once an animal was taken a call was made and men came out with a stretcher and took the animal away for gutting and capeing. There are no language issues at all. The Outfitter speaks perfect English.

Lodging is part of the package and is clean and comfortable. Great food is prepared by the guides in the lodge, local cuisine, excellent beer and wine as well as a variety of water and soft drinks.

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You can fly into the Croatian capital of Zagreb and rent a car or be picked up personally by the Outfitter. We drove to Croatia from Germany. Croatia is not yet a European Union (EU) member and still uses “Kuna” instead of Euro although Euros are widely accepted. 2013 is the current EU membership date. Clean and safe environment with good roads and airports.

From the airport you will travel to the Dalmatian coast on the Adriatic Sea which is 2.5 hrs.

Available Game:
Several different types of animals are possible to hunt on the mainland coast and inland (Bear, Mouflan rams, Alpine and Balkan Chamois, Red Stag, Roe buck, and wild boar but only Fallow bucks, feral sheep, and rabbits on the Island of Plavnik.

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Tags and permits are all part of the package, included in the cost. This is all handled transparent to you; by the outfitter. No one is required to have any license or safety course prior.

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  1. says

    I will be there the first 2 weeks in September and plan to take my first Fallow deer with Adria Hunt! I can't wait. 1.5 weeks on the beach with the family and 3 days hunting! That is what I call a vacation.

  2. says

    Cory – I did some research and here is the answer to the archery legal or not question: Archery is not „Illegal“ but it is in a law limbo between legal and illegal right now. It depends how you interpret the law. You could not hunt in a state forest for sure but on privat hunting grounds it would be up to the outfitter. Make sure to coordinate with your outfitter before hand your intentions and then also be prepared for the terrain to be not archery "permissive". Depending on the area ie. the Mediteranian you could have some really hard stalks on your hands and very few trees to get up into for a treestand. The further inland you go the more permissive it will get (on private hunting grounds only). Hope this helps.

  3. says

    Ricky Mills Bow hunting is not allowed by the law in Croatia and it is clearly stated by the Law about hunting in Croatia. It can be done only in enclosed grounds and controlled conditions. The outfitter can take a risk but it's better for a client to know this in advance. We were working hard to change the Law but so far it is in procedure without ending. Archery is permitted but it is not bow hunting.

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