Mountain Rescue Called During This Chamois Hunt in Croatia


Published: September - 2016

In Report 10611, subscriber Marinos Petratos tells us he is displeased with a combination Alpine and Balkan chamois hunt in Slovenia and Croatia arranged for him by Tomo Svetic of Artemis Hunting Ltd. The major thrust of Petratos' complaint is that Svetic was supposed to accompany him on his hunt and didn't. Further, he alleges that Svetic's assistant, Dean, who did accompany him on the hunt, lacked Svetic's experience and allowed him to be placed in a difficult and potentially extremely dangerous position on the side of a mountain in Croatia, from which he had to be extracted by the local mountain rescue team.

As Petratos tells it, "I am 79 years old, and the hunt in Slovenia involved a difficult climb to an elevation of about 1,500 meters on a footpath. We were lucky, and the local guides spotted an animal at about 150 meters, which resulted in a one-shot kill.

"The story in Croatia was much different. The animals were very spooky, spotting us a kilometer away and taking off. The local guides were not aware of locations of animals but rather were just taking long, difficult walks and climbs to sight-see! There were days we did not see one animal.

"But what is much more serious is the danger to life and limb that I was subjected to by one of the local guides named Vlad. I told him I could not climb, yet he insisted we take a walk of over three kilometers. At some point we arrived at an area of huge boulders and rocks that were very slippery and sharp. I fell a few times and cut my hands and legs. He expected me to go down a goat path full of dangerous obstacles that was 600 meters above the road where Dean was waiting. If Dean were more experienced, he would never have allowed this dangerous excursion.

"I called Dean and told him I did not come to Croatia to be killed in a dangerous fall. He wisely called the........(continued)

 
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