Hunt the Beautiful Mediterranean Isle of Plavnik in Croatia for Fallow Deer and Dalmation Wild Sheep
This is a free range hunt on the 2,500 acre private Mediterranean Island of Plavnik.
Croatia is among the rare countries that can boast of having a tradition of organized hunting more than 120 years old.
- Free range, fair chase fallow deer and/or Dalmation wild sheep
- Excellent trophy quality (SCI recognized DWS)
- One cull buck or doe part of fallow hunt package
- Free wild boar
- Success rates over 90%
- Eurasian Brown Bear; Mouflon rams; Balkan Chamois; Red Stag; Roe buck; and wild boar are available on the mainland, and can be hunted on the same trip.
- Guides speak perfect English
The hunting season in Croatia takes place year round, but if you want to hunt both sheep and fallow you will need to plan your trip between September and January.
Usually, you will hunt by spot-and-stalk. Expect to glass until you find a good buck or ram, then hunting will be by stalking. You will shoot from shooting sticks or off of one of the many stone walls. Tree stands are available for sitting if needed.
The Romans were the first to bring Fallow to the Balkans area over 1000 years ago and they have flourished since then. The trophy quality on this hunt is excellent to good. Bronze-Gold medal fallow bucks are possible using the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) rating system. There is no limit on trophy size.
*you are allowed one management buck or a few does along with your trophy fallow buck.
On islands of the Dalmation Sea in Croatia, who are declared free of domestic or feral sheep by the Government, and where only populations of wild sheep exist. Currently scientists only recognize the islands of Dugi Otok and Otok Plavnic (this island) as having pure Dalmation Wild Sheep populations. SCI follows the scientific ruling when accepting entries for this species.
More Game is Available on the Mainland
Besides the deer and rams on the Island of Plavnik, there are several species to hunt on the mainland coast including; Eurasian Brown Bear; Mouflon rams; Balkan Chamois; Red Stag; Roe buck; and wild boar. It is an easy boat ride from the island, so a combo hunt is very doable.
On my hunt in Croatia, I hunted Bear, Mouflon and Sheep on this trip and all phases were well organized and a lot of fun. The outfitter had everything in order and our guides knew what they were doing and how they were going to get me on game. The trip was a lot of fun and I’d highly recommend it.
I was very pleased with my European combo hunt in Croatia. The food was exceptional. Fresh seafood from the Adriatic Sea. No shortage of game and of high quality.
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.
Terrain is mostly rolling, rocky hills, 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 2,500 acres in size.
The climate and weather on the Island of Plavnik is hard to beat.
This hunt 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.
Success rate is around 90% with a 100% opportunity rate.
There is a population of close to 300-400 Fallow deer on the island, along with mouflon sheep and SCI approved Dalmatian wild sheep. Finding game is not a problem, getting close enough to a shooter without getting busted in the brush is.
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!”
Food and Lodging
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. The original lodge building and church date back to 1577!
Travel to Croatia is fairly simple.
You can fly into the Croatian capital of Zagreb and rent a car or be picked up personally by the Outfitter. From the airport you will travel to the Dalmatian coast on the Adriatic Sea which is 2.5 hrs.