A Croatian Hunt for Fox, Jackal, Wildcats and Dalmatian Sheep


Published: January - 2012

We first reported on the hunting potential in Croatia in 2004 (see articles 1311 and 1408), and in 2006 we published our first subscriber report (see report 6181 in our Email Extra database) and have since published eight more subscriber reports, including one from long-time subscriber John Monson, who hunted there in March, 2011 (report 8131). Hunting Report Publisher Barbara Crown also hunted Croatia in 2010 and filed a detailed overview on the country (Article 2456). Together, these 11 stories present an intriguing portrait of an up-and-coming hunting destination.

Our latest hunt report on Croatia comes from longtime subscriber R. Douglas Yajko, who hunted there this past October with J & P Agent LTD (www.jip-agent.com), the same outfitter Monson reported hunting with earlier this year. Both reports are positive.

Yajko reports taking a Dalmatian wild sheep that scored 106 7/8 and a European fox on his hunt. Yajko also hunted unsuccessfully for golden jackal and European wildcat, blaming the weather for his failure. "It was just too unseasonably hot (80 to 90 degrees F.) for those species," Yajko tells us. "That's 20 to 30 degrees hotter than usual. The day after I left, a cold front came in and, of course, the hunters after me each got their cat and jackal."

On this mixed-bag hunt, Yajko spent between four to five hours each day traveling from his B&B accommodations in Lukovo to different hunt areas. For example, Yajko's sheep hunt involved traveling from Lukovo, on the coast, by car to the Island KRK to catch a small boat to take him to Island Plavnik. After the hunt it was back to Lukovo. "If I had the chance to do it again, I'd definitely add another day. It wasn't a stressful hunt by any means, but the travel just killed me."

For the actual hunting, Yajko says, "We hunted Plavnik for Dalmatian sheep by boat. We would glass from the boat then head ashore once a good one was spotted." Yajko saw plenty of five- to six-year-old rams........(continued)

 
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