This year, Jakab is opening hunts for Balkan chamois and wild boar in Bosnia. There are also roe deer and red stags in this country, but these species are still recovering from the conflict that raged here not so long ago. Bosnia, you may recall, was the site of ethnic strife in the early 1990s. Peace accords were signed as recently as 1995, so Bosnia at this point is still rebuilding. There is evidence of the war everywhere. Some areas remain closed due to land mines.
Jakab spent several months in Bosnia last year scouting and putting together his hunt program with local partners. He says Bosnia is a very organized hunting country, with huge government-managed hunting blocks. Bosnians, he found, are very concerned about their wildlife, and they have a strong hunting and conservation tradition.
The chamois hunts Jakab offers take place in several government concessions and private leases. The terrain is alpine, with high forested mountains up to 7,000 feet. It is steep country offering a classic alpine hunt. Chamois packages run six days and cost $4,100. That includes airport meet-and-greet in Sarajevo, Bosnia, or Zagreb, Croa- tia; an English-speaking guide during all hunting days; a professional hunter; accommodations near the hunting grounds; full board; all transfers in Bosnia; and a Bosnian hunting permit. The season runs September 1 through April 30.
Jakab also hunts neighboring Croatia and Slovenia for Balkan and Alpine chamois, as well as mouflon. Jakab says he has expanded his hunts in Croatia to include wild boar as well. Seems the population there has increased, and the animals are making a nuisance of themselves. Jakab hunts them from a high seat........(continued)