Fallow Deer Hunting in Croatia
Croatia is among the rare countries that can boast of having a tradition of organised hunting more than 120 years old.
Fallow deer hunting in Croatia takes place from September through January.
Usually, you will hunt fallow deer by spot-and-stalk.
Expect to glass until you find a good buck 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.
Trophy quality 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.
Between the mainland and the island, there are many game species to hunt.
Several different types of animals are possible to hunt on the mainland coast and inland including; Bear; Mouflan rams; Balkan Chamois; Red Stag; Roe buck; and wild boar. Fallow bucks, feral sheep, Dalmatian wild sheep, and rabbits are available on this Island of Plavnik.
The Romans were the first to bring Fallow to the Balkans area over 1000 years ago.
The island you will be hunting is located between Krk and Cres and has a total area of 1,000 hectares and fallow deer are the only large game on the island.
Guides 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.
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.
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.
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 with SCI approved Dalmatian wild sheep. Finding deer was not a problem, getting close enough to a shooter without getting busted in the brush was.
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!”
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.
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!
Tags and permits are 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.
Here are a few trophy photos from this hunt.