By Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant
Subscriber Pat Laughlin has filed a report on hunting mouflon in Croatia
for three days in April with Tomo Svetic's Artemis Hunting (http://www.artemis-hunting.com/
; 011+44-7795084055). In Report 9672
Laughlin writes that he heard about this hunt through The Hunting Report
. As it turns out, he hunted the same general area editor Barbara Crown visited to hunt mouflon in 2010 (see Article 2456
), on the Dalmatian coastline near the village of Jablanac.
"I enjoyed taking a nice mouflon with a very skilled guide in just beautiful country," Laughlin writes. "This is a mountainous area, but it's right by the Adriatic, so altitude is not an issue. You drive between large ravines that lead up from the sea and look for mouflon along them. From there it's spot and stalk. Tomo and his team did a great job. Another bonus is that the majority of Croatians speak at least passable English, so communication is not an issue. They also have a good gun with a Swarovski scope, and we were able to sight it in at a quarry prior to the hunt, so there's no need to bring your own."
We followed up with Laughlin by phone for more info on this hunt. Laughlin tells us that he only had a short time to get this hunt done, and that he was impressed by the efforts of his guide, Dean Cortan:
"He does a great job guiding, and I was very happy with the way everything was arranged for the hunt. I took my mouflon at the end of the first day from about 80 yards. I had a chance for another trophy animal earlier at 300 yards, but I was not comfortable taking the shot. The rocks here are very sharp and rugged and it can be difficult to set up a shot either prone or kneeling. There's also a lot of wind off the coast going every direction, so that can be challenging. Nonetheless Dean got me into a good position.
"I think if more Americans realized how safe, modern, and well-developed Croatia is, it would be a much more popular hunting destination. My wife accompanied me on this trip, and we both enjoyed ourselves tremendously. We stayed in a nice villa on the coast. While I was hunting, another team member, Christian, accompanied my wife to see local sights. One "must-see" is the Pula Arena, one of the best-preserved Roman coliseums.
"The people are very friendly, and a very good highway system makes travel easy. We stayed in Zagreb coming and going from the airport, which was very enjoyable. My wife was also happy to have a few days in Paris on the way."
Laughlin tells us that his hunting fees on this trip amounted to about $4,000. Artemis Hunting holds four concessions in the area, with free-range hunting for mouflon, Balkan chamois, European brown bear, roe deer, wild boar, red deer and wolf. Laughlin says he was one week too early to hunt roe deer, but that with enough planning interested hunters could schedule a trip for a multi-species hunt.