Great Mouflon Sheep Hunting in Croatia


Published: December - 2004

Continuing subscribers will remember our report on hunting in Croatia in the June 2004 issue (see Article No. 1311 in our database). We told you how the country has long-standing hunting traditions and offers some excellent opportunities for brown bears, wild boar and mouflon sheep. Well, we now have our first subscriber report on hunting this country. It's from Rex Baker, who has hunted around the world for many years, and says he is so impressed with Croatia as a hunting destination as well as a vacation area that he is returning with his wife. Baker hunted for mouflon sheep in the Peljesac area right on the Adriatic Sea this past October.

The hunt was based in the 15th century walled city of Dubrovnik, he tells us, which is now a beautiful vacation spot. Baker describes it as completely restored and clean with an excellent infrastructure. Additionally, he says the place is quite safe, allowing one to enjoy late-night walks along the coast. He says the Italian influence is evident in the Venetian-style sandstone buildings and narrow streets. He stayed in a hotel with a view of the Adriatic and says the accommodations and food there were great and would satisfy a non-hunting spouse. The city is very tourist-oriented with various activities available, including a casino and scuba diving in the Adriatic Sea.

The hunting area is a two-hour drive from Dubrovnik, offering views that Baker says rival the beauty of the Oregon and Northern California coastal highways. He says they drove up into the mountains to spot and stalk sheep from altitudes of 500 to 3,000 feet. He says there are 700-foot cliffs here. The hunt involves climbing over hard, weathered granite, as well as quite a bit of boulder-hopping, which he says made the climbs a lot of fun. He says the climbing is not technical but requires moderately good physical condition. He says he and his guide would climb up to glass saddles and ridges for bands of mouflons.

In three days of hunting, Baker says he saw 15 mature rams and........(continued)

 
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