The "Real Skinny" On Hunting This Country


Published: March - 1999

The Czech Republic is an interesting and appealing if not a major hunting destination. It offers hunting of different degrees of quality for red stag, roe deer, mouflon sheep, sika deer, fallow deer and wild boar. For the most part, trophy quality does not compare with that found farther east, in Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, but neither are hunt cost and trophy fees as high as in those countries. The Czech Republic has an excellent infrastructure to support hunting on a level that will satisfy even the most demanding foreign hunters. It has very good roads and vehicles, very professional guides and good hunting accommodations including comfortable lodges, hunting chateaux built by the Hapsburg aristocracy in the 18th and 19th centuries and four star hotels.

The main attraction has always been the red stag hunting, but alas, red stag populations have fallen upon evil days. Forestry authorities claim that when there are too many red deer, they strip the bark off of spruce and balsam trees causing them to dry-rot and making them useless for lumber or pulp. As a result, red deer have been ruthlessly reduced in numbers in all except those private hunting areas where the forestry authorities have no control. This is not to say that there is no good stag hunting left in the Czech Republic. There certainly is, but in a much reduced area, and trophy quality in general is nothing special. However, with proper planning and some luck it is still possible to shoot an SCI gold or silver medal animal. One must go during the rut, approximately September 15 through October 5, and hunt on a carefully managed, privately-owned preserve.

Jerome Knap of Global Expeditions is the only agent actively promoting hunting in the Czech Republic and offers a five-day/six-night stag hunt for $4,500, inclusive of the trophy fee for one stag of any size, all lodging and meals in the hunting area, and guiding services. A reasonable trophy expectation would be a stag between 160 and 175 CIC points. There is no strict correlation between the CIC and SCI scoring........(continued)

 
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