Hunting in Bulgaria

 

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Introduction

Bulgaria provides professional hunting organization. It has been a first-class hunting destination for foreign hunters for over 25 years. Personal service and successful hunting are the most important here. The foreign hunter is a VIP guest in Bulgaria. 18 mammal species and 20 bird species are hunted for in Bulgaria. No other European country has such a game variety. In some of our hunting grounds you have the unique opportunity to hunt for 10-12 different game species at the same time.

Bulgaria is one of the best European countries for trophy hunting. If you want to get Gold Red Deer, Mouflon or Wild Boar – this country is your best choice. There is also a great choice of other game of great trophy quality: Fallow Deer, Roe Deer, Chamois. You can add to that thrilling bird shooting: Pheasant, Partridge, Pigeons, Ducks and Geese inhabit Bulgaria. Historical and cultural heritage, mild climate and closeness of some hunting territories to the Black Sea coast allow to easily combine great hunt with the comfortable leisure time. This is a nice opportunity to take your family with you.

Citizens of some countries, including the United States, Canada, and most EU countries travelling on regular passports, are not required visas for a stay in Bulgaria not exceeding 90 days within 6 months from the date of the first arrival but they should be able, upon request, to show evidence of a medical insurance, valid for Bulgaria, covering the duration of their stay. Average temperature in winter is 14-32 F (0 C to -10 С); in summer 77-80 F (+25 C to +27 C); in spring and fall  - 50, – 60 F (10 C to 15 С). Usually it is colder in the mountainous areas.

Hunting season


Red Stag, Fallow Deer: September 01 – January 31
Fallow Deer: May 01 – October 10
Chamois: April 10 – May 10, September 15 – January 15
Mouflon, Wild boar, Wisent: all year round

Trophy

Bulgaria is the perfect destination for those in search of trophy Red Deer, Wild Boar, European Bison, Mouflon and Wild Cat. Bulgaria holds 4 world records. Red Deer was evaluated at 273.60 CIC points, the Bulgarian world record for Wild Boar is 158.20 CIC points, Wild Cat, better known as Lynx at 82.99 CIC points and famous Mouflon trophy at 222.45 CIC 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.

Red Deer

Red Deer

Bulgaria has one of the best Red Deer populations in the world at over 22,500 and it ranks second in the world for trophy quality. European Red Stag is the largest of all Red Deer.

Fallow Deer

Fallow Deer

Shoulder height 36-43 inches (91-109 cm). Weight 140-220 pounds (64-100 kg), sometimes more. 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). Females are somewhat smaller than males and have much smaller tusks. 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-gray 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.

Chamois

Chamois

Balkan Chamois is somewhat larger than Alpine chamois, with longer horns.

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 gray 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. 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.

Wisent

Wisent

Shoulder height 6-6 1/2 feet (1.8 to 2.0 m). Weight 1750-2000 pounds (794-907 kg). Wisent is the largest European game animal. Both sexes have a high hump on the shoulders and a short, broad head that is carried low. The body is relatively narrow, especially in the hindquarters. There is a mane of coarse, woolly hair on shoulders and neck, a short beard and a tasseled tail. Color is a uniformly dark brown. Both sexes have short horns that curve out and up from the side of the head. Females have slimmer horns, a thinner neck and a smaller hump than males. Compared with North American Bison, Wisent is a taller, longer-legged animal with weaker forequarters and stronger hindquarters, and it has straighter horns, a shorter mane and a longer, bushier tail. Lives in herds of 10-30 led by an old bull. Old animals of both sexes are often solitary.

Hunting territory

Bulgaria provides numerous opportunities for hunters in over 30 state-owned hunting grounds, over 2000 territories of hunting clubs and several private hunting grounds. From high elevated mountainous hunting grounds for the athletic hunters, through hilly, to flatland territories Bulgaria provides hunting opportunities for every taste. Thus at the present time we offer top hunting grounds which best combine numerous and varied game populations, mature trophies, professional hunting organization and perfect service.

Bukovets

Bukovets

Bukovets is in 300 km distance from Sofia, these is 18 500 ha private hunting territory in Central-Balkan mountain, you can hunt Wild Boar (good driven hunts), Roebuck, Mouflon, Fallow Stag there. Luxurious hunting residence.

Cherni Lom

Cherni Lom

Top hunting ground of 26 000 ha – is in 330 km distance northeast of Sofia, 200 km west of Varna. You can hunt Red Stag (best trophy 17.34 kg), Wild Boar, Roebuck, Fallow Stag, Wolf, Mouflon. 2 luxurious lodges.

Elen

Elen

Elen is in 80 km distance, northeast of Sofia, 20 000 ha private hunting territory in Central Balkan mountains. There are Red Stag, Fallow Stag, Wild Boar, Mouflon, Roebuck, Wolf in the area. 2 luxurious hunting lodges.

Izvora

Izvora

200 km southeast of Sofia, it is the area of 9 000 ha in Rhodopes. The following trophies can be hunted there: Chamois (National record 118.50 CIC), Wild Boar, Mouflon, Roebuck, Red Stag, Fallow Stag, Wolf, Capercaillie, Brown Bear.

Karakuz

Karakuz

Territory of 20 000 ha in Danubian plain, 450 km northeast of Sofia, 130 km northeast of Varna, you can find Red Stag of 9-13 kg (World record – 273.6 CIC), Wild Boar about 18-22 cm, Roebuck, Wood Cock, Pheasant, Hare there.

Kormissosh

Kormissosh

42 000 ha exclusive territory, 200 km southeast of Sofia. Red Stag 6-7 kg, Fallow Stag, Wild Boar (National record 158.20 CIC), Mouflon, Roebuck, Chamois, Capercaillie, Wolf, Brown Bear – these are the trophies that can be offered for hunt in this area.

Palamara

Palamara

Palamara is the area of 5 000 ha in Danubian plain, it is 130 km northwest of Varna, 430 km northeast of Sofia. Red Stag of 8-12 kg, Wild Boar of 18-23 cm, Roebuck up to 450 g, Fox, Wild Cat can be hunted in the area. It is Comfortable hunting lodge.

Rhodopi

Rhodopi

Rhodopi is situated in 180 km southeast of Sofia, it is the area of 7 700 ha in Rhodope mountains. You can hunt Chamois, Wild Boar of 20-22 cm, Red Stag of 7-9 kg, Roebuck, Capercaillie, Wolf, Brown Bear in the area. Comfortable hunting lodge.

Rossitsa

Rossitsa

Rossitsa is an exclusive hunting ground of 17 000 ha in 220 km northeast of Sofia. Expect good hunt for Red Stag (6-10 kg), Wild Boar 20-24 cm, Roebuck 250-450 g, Fallow Stag, Mouflon, Wolf, Brown Bear up to 450 CIC.

Skalsko

Skalsko

Consists of 5 territories with total square of 50 000 ha. It is found in 200 km from Sofia to the northeast. Hunt for Red Stag (7-12 kg), Roebuck (300-500 g), Wild Boar (good driven hunts), Mouflon, Wolf, Pheasants, Quails is organized there. Exclusive hunting residence.

Tervel

Tervel

It is an area of 14 800 ha in Danubian plain, it lies in 100 km distance northwest of Varna and 500 km northeast of Sofia. The area offers the excellent opportunity of Red Stag hunting, you can expect trophies up to 12 kg here, Fallow Stag up to 4 kg, Wild Boar, Roebuck up to 450 g, Mouflon.

Vitoshko

Vitoshko

Vitoshko is situated in 50 km to the south of Sofia, it is the territory of 20 000 ha. You can find Red Stag of 7-10 kg, Wild Boar, Fallow Stag, Roebuck, Mouflon of 70-90 cm, Chamois, Wolf, Brown Bear, Pheasants there. The exclusive hunting residence.

Hunting

Wild Boar rut is in November-December. Old Wild Boars over 8 inches (20-22 cm) are successfully hunted from a high-seat blind (best at full moon) within 4-5 hunting days.
Good Wild Boar driven hunts are organized in October, November and December, for 3-4 hunting days and 8-12 hunters. Best result was 82 pieces (including 18 mature boars), 7 hunters in 4 hunting days (1992).
Fallow Deer, Roe Deer and Mouflon hunt is mostly stalking. We recommend 4-5 hunting days. In many hunting grounds, it is also possible to hunt for Wild Boar, Chamois and Capercaillie at the same time.

Route

You will need to arrive to the International Airport of Sofia, Bulgaria, or Airport of Bucharest, Romania. There are also train transfers available from most European cities. To hunt  Red Deer, Fallow Deer, Roe Deer, Mouflon, Wild Boar you need to plan 6 days trip and 4 days hunt.

Accommodation

The hunters are accommodated in the comfortable hunting lodges or good quality hotels. Luxury accommodation is also available in some areas.

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