Hunting in Austria

 

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Introduction

Austria is located in Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia. It is a landlocked country which has strategic location at the crossroads of central Europe with many easily traversable Alpine passes and valleys. The major river is the Danube. The population of Austria is mostly concentrated on eastern lowlands because of steep slopes, poor soils, and low temperatures elsewhere. Austria is located in a temperate climatic zone with a Central European climate influenced by the Atlantic climate. The four seasons all have typical temperatures and climatic characters. Austria is a member of the Economic and Currency Union and the common currency is the Euro.

Austria is well known for Mozart, Vienna, strong coffee and skiing in the Alps. Perhaps not so well known is the fact that Austria has some fantastic hunting for Alpine Ibex, Chamois, Red Stags and Mouflon.

Citizens of the European Economic Area, the United States, Canada, Israel, and many other countries do not need a visa for a stay in Austria up to three months.

Hunting season


Red Deer, Alpine Ibex: August 1 – January 31
Mouflon: May 1 – January 31
Chamois: June 1 – January 31
Roe Deer: June 1 – October 15
Fallow Deer: September 1 – February 28
Wild Boar: all year round

Trophy

Alpine Ibex

Alpine Ibex

Shoulder height 30-34 inches (76-86 cm). Weight 225-275 pounds (102-125 kg). Alpine Ibex is a stocky animal, darker in color than other Ibexes. The upper parts are a uniform grayish-brown (lighter in summer and darker in winter), separated from the pale underparts by a darker brown band. The legs, upper surface of tail and forehead are also a darker brown. Males have a small beard and large, impressive horns that are shorter, thicker and straighter than those of other Ibexes. Gregarious, with females and young in small herds, and males solitary or in small bachelor groups. Very agile and surefooted on steep terrain. Inhabits high mountains, normally above the treeline and at or below the snowline. When free-ranging, they offer excellent sport and are one of Europe’s most prestigious big game animals because of their relative scarcity, the difficult terrain they inhabit, and the quality of the hunting experience.

Red Deer

Red Deer

The largest of all Red Deer. The antlers are usually darker than those from other Red Deer. Every year several record trophies are taken that score top SCI points.

Mouflon

Mouflon

Shoulder height 26-30 inches (66-76 cm). Weight 70-100 pounds (32-45 kg). One of the world’s smallest wild sheep, resembling a slim domestic sheep except that it has a normal coat of hair, any wool being concealed beneath. Upper parts are reddish-brown with a pale (almost white) saddle patch in the winter coat. Underparts, rump, lower legs and muzzle are white. There is dark neck ruff but no bib. The horns usually grow in a tight circle, with the tips turned inward toward the face and broomed back to about a three-quarter curl. In a purebred European Mouflon, the tip-to-tip spread should not be the widest spread.
Mouflon, especially an old male with large horns, is a fine game animal that is difficult to hunt. It is the only sheep that is mainly nocturnal and lives in thick cover.

Chamois

Chamois

Shoulder height 28-31 inches (71-79 cm). Weight 65-110 pounds (29-50 kg). Summer coat is light brown. Winter coat is very dark brown to black, contrasting sharply with white areas of head, throat and rump, and with the dark facial mask very pronounced.

Roe Deer

Roe Deer

Shoulder height 25-36 inches (64-92 cm). Weight 44-81 pounds (20-37 kg). The smallest and most elegant native Deer in Europe. Coloration is rich reddish-brown in summer, with a grey face, white chin and black muzzle band. Rump patch is obscure. Winter coat is grayish-brown. Tail is small and white, invisible against the rump. Normal antlers of a mature buck consist of a main beam directed upward, with a lower forward tine and a higher rearward tine making three points to a side. (However, non-typical antlers with 4-5 points on a side are not uncommon.) Antlers have a very rough burr (coronet) around the base, and grow so closely together that the coronets usually touch in mature animals. The skull is broad, with a compressed muzzle. The female does not grow antlers, but occasionally will grow coronets without any antler growth. European Roe Deer have adapted well to civilization, with numbers increasing and range expanding.

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer

Shoulder height 36-43 inches (91-109 cm). Weight 140-220 pounds (64-100 kg), sometimes more. Females are smaller. Medium-sized, with more color variations than any other deer.

Wild Boar

Wild Boar

Shoulder height 30-47 inches (76-119 cm). Weight 150-400 pounds (68-181 kg), sometimes as much as 700 pounds (317 kg). A medium-sized animal with a thick body, relatively thin legs, a short neck, and a long, pointed head ending in a disklike snout. Coat is dense, bristly hair, brownish-grey in color, sometimes with cheek whiskers and a neck mane. There are no facial warts. Canine teeth are usually well-developed, forming tusks. Upper tusks grow outward and backward; the lower ones grow upward and backward, tending to make a circle. Tusks will usually wear against each other, honing sharp edges. Eurasian Wild Boar is a fine game animal, alert, wary and quite dangerous at close quarters.

Hunting territory

Best hunting grounds are used all over the country. Most of them are private hunting territories. The region of the hunt depends on the trophies desired.

Hunting

The hunt is mostly on foot by spot-and-stalk. For Deer hunt we recommend to book the dates during the rut season as it is a very exciting hunting experience. For Red Stag the rut starts in September and usually lasts until the first week of October. For Fallow Deer the rut starts in October and last until mid November.

If you desire to get a great trophy of European Mouflon, Alpine Chamois and Alpine Ibex you should be ready for the real mountain hunt. Mouflon rams can be found in mountains and lowland areas. Fantastic long horned rams are taken every year. The rut is in November.

The hunt for Alpine Chamois is usually quite challenging and takes place during the day. Hunting during the early morning and late evening hours is not necessary since chamois move all day. The very spectacular rut is in late October to November. The best seasons for a successful hunt on Ibex are autumn and winter.

Wild Boars are hunted at night or at traditional driven boar hunts. 6-10 hunters can bag 50-100 hogs a day.

Route

You will need to arrive to the international airport of Vienna, the capital of Austria. Many international airlines fly to Vienna, including Lufthansa, Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Swiss, Qatar Airways, American Airlines, Emirates, Delta etc. After finishing the necessary customs formalities you will be transferred to the hunting area by car.

Accommodation

The accommodation will be chosen according to your request. Many different hotels and lodges are available from simple small family owned houses to luxury ones.

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