If You Would Like To Hunt In Europe


Published: January - 2007

If you would like to hunt in Europe but think it's simply too expensive, you might be interested in some trips offered by Lad Shunneson of Lad Shunneson Adventures. Shunneson specializes in trips to Eastern Europe, where he says he can put together a package for five days of free-range hunting with seven nights accommodation in luxurious alpine lodges, fine meals, interpreters and guides for as little as $1,200 to $1,600. What about trophy fees? How's roe deer for $250 to $750; or European moose for $900 to $1,800?

Shunneson says hunts at these prices are available in Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary. You'll note these are all former Soviet Block countries, and Shunneson says that has much to do with the cost and quality of the hunts available there. He says that because the Soviets allowed only high level officials to hunt, game populations in those hunt areas thrived and good accommodations were maintained. When the Iron Curtain fell, wildlife managers and others saw the potential for income from hunting, but in order to be competitive and attract international hunters, they have kept prices low.

Enamored with the hunting traditions of Eastern Europe, and looking for a bargain himself, Shunneson began exploring different destinations and has come up with a potpourri of places to hunt roe deer, moose, red stag and wild boar. The best place in Europe to hunt moose, he says, is in Estonia, where the hunts are spot-and-stalk affairs, as opposed the dog hunts typically found in Scandinavian countries. Moose in Europe, called elk there, do not have the great palmations of North American moose, but have long tines more like our elk.

Shunneson says a good moose in Estonia measures 38 to 42 inches and has three to four points per side, although a client of his took one with a 44-inch spread and triple brow tines with six and eight points and great palmation for a European moose. He says it was the largest he has ever seen there, and the trophy fee was only........(continued)

 
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