He also was looking for a brown bear, which they hunted at night, from insulated blinds over bait, but says that plan was foiled by unusually deep snow. "This was beyond anyone's control; the bears just weren't out of their dens yet. The snow helped the bears this time."
Of his overall experience, McLeod says, "This is an excellent outfitter with excellent local guides. All worked extremely hard to make the hunt successful and enjoyable. I used Tomo's rifle. Even if you bring your own, you'll be so impressed by the high quality, you'll leave yours behind next time.
"I brought my wife and three daughters to travel Europe following the hunt. During the day, when we were not hunting for bear, Tomo personally took us to local sights and restaurants we would have missed otherwise. We stayed at a local hotel (Hotel Ana) in Gospic suggested by Tomo and where the food and service were beyond outstanding. Be sure to have the pizza!
"Not only do I recommend hunting with Artemis, we are already thinking about when we can go again. Hunting in Croatia with Tomo is an experience one should not miss in this lifetime." McLeod lists his actual hunting costs as $4,500.
McLeod notes that he experienced some airline problems on this journey. "On the way over we used Air France. We have been flying for 40 years and have never had a worse flight. Missed an entire day of hunting because of Air France's ineptitude for basic customer care, let alone service. The plane did finally land, although too late to catch our connecting flight. We had a great return flight home on Delta. FYI:........(continued)