The Eastern European country of Romania has a number of very desirable trophies. They include Carpathian chamois, roe deer, red stag, wild boar and brown bear. I hunted a Carpathian chamois here in September 1999, and I went back for roe deer this past June. What I discovered was, Romania is a wonderful country to hunt. Moreover, it has a little-known history and culture that is rewarding to explore. Travel there is inexpensive, and hunting (if you book directly with the Forestry Department) is also inexpensive. I have found that booking agents substantially increase the costs of hunting here by heavily padding all the charges the Romanian government assesses.
On my own hunts, the Forestry Department helped me hire an interpreter. His name was Julian Ilie, and he worked primarily as a university history professor. I found him a great help on the hunt, not only as an interpreter, but also as a tutor in Romanian history. As we climbed the mountains during my hunt, we would stop to rest at various intervals where Ilie would relate stories about such things as resistance fighters who hid in the area from the Communists. As for the government hunting guides, they were young, energetic and competent hunters.
I hunted my chamois at Podragu (approached from Sibiu), where the world record was taken in 1928. It is a taxing 10-kilometer climb to the Carpathian Mountain peaks. The panorama of the mountains is spectacular. Chamois are abundant, with many of trophy size. After a successful hunt, I drove around the country with a Romanian guide who gave a wonderful overview of the castles, palaces, museums, national history and lore of Count Dracula.
When my wife and I came back for my roe deer hunt, we stayed at a preserve near Timisoara formerly used by the Communist leader, Ceauchescu, who was executed after the mid-1990s revolution. We occupied his private suite, which was certainly not luxurious. We hunted primarily from stands and found the game was plentiful. Had the season for wild........(continued)