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 boar been open, I could have shot a........(continued)