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Romania may not be on everyone’s radar, but secretly it might offer some of Europe’s finest yet overlooked and affordable hunting opportunities for a variety of iconic game species. Predator species Bear, Wolf and Lynx currently not available in Romania.
All hunts are free range from generations of wild born, 100% wild animals. Many regions of the country in fact do not even have low fencing. In addition, most species are indigenous, pursued in their native ranges accompanied by deep cultural traditions that date back hundreds of years. In the western part of the country straddling the Hungarian border is the rich agricultural Western Plains region which is a top destination for Roe Deer, Red Stag, Wild Boar and without doubt might offer some of the world’s best free range trophy Fallow deer hunting. They migrate and gather her in incredible numbers undergoing a mass rutting ritual each year, offering excellent odds at multiple Gold Medal plus Fallow bucks. Heading east into Transylvania’s folklore steeped Carpathian Mountains we can offer species such as Red Stag and Carpathian Chamois. Choose to combine any of these species with Wild Boar and Roe deer while traversing through the foothills enroute to more alpine regions. Our Romanian packages are all-inclusive and priced for 4 full days of 1×1 guided hunting with FLAT RATE trophy fees built in for x1 species of unlimited size (except Fallow deer). Stay in a comfortable and traditional lodge or resort style hotel with excellent dining. Also included in this package is an English speaking interpreter, quality rifle rental, European skull cleaning and round trip airport-lodging-airport shuttle services to ensure your experience is comfortable and hassle free. Destination cities are most commonly Timisoara for western Plains hunts, and Cluj-Napoca or Bucharest for various Foothills or Mountain packages. Year round hunting opportunities exist, just dependent on species!
Likely the most numerous of all game in Romania are Roe Deer, an iconic European species. The agricultural rolling plains in western Romania, along with the foothills of the Carpathians to the east produce great hunting and exceptional trophy quality. The largest populations of Roe deer exist in the western Plains however so most of our specialty Roe deer hunts are based out of Timisoara.
Classic Roe deer hunts are conducted in the spring upon the season opening in May and lasts until the crops become too tall to hunt effectively. In late July and early Aug however Roe deer begin their rut and trophy bucks are very susceptible to calling. The majority of grain and alfalfa fields have been cut at this time and visibility is again conducive to quality hunting. For the right experience, choose to focus on exclusively Roe deer, since seasons for most other species are either not prime or open, aside from European Brown Bear and Wild Boar. A bonus Roe deer can also be picked up while hunting Red Stag or early in the Fallow rut seeing as Roe Deer season closes in mid October. To add Roe deer as a secondary species while targeting other game, a limited amount of licenses are available in most hunting areas for a flat rate price of only $550 each. Otherwise our early season hunts in May & late summer rut hunts in late July & August are priced at $1800, which is all-inclusive for 4 days, meals, lodging, transportation, 1×1 guiding, rifle rental and x1 Roe buck of any size. Additional Roe bucks of any size are priced at $550 each. Most hunters will take between 4 and 6 bucks in 4 full days of hunting.
In October the Fallow deer here begin rutting and might offer some of the world’s best free range opportunities at multiple Gold Medal plus trophies. Truly a magical wildlife experience the every passionate deer hunter must witness at least once in their hunting career. Each year in an area known as the plains of Socodor, as many as 2500+ rutting Fallow deer gather in open country and the surrounding lowland forests to undertake a spectacular annual mass breeding ritual. Reminiscent of a migratory barren ground caribou hunt, have the opportunity to inspect numerous bucks each day in search of something exceptional. Hunts are 1×1 guided and usually conducted by spot & stalk or stand type hunting from high seats. In lowland forests, shots are usually within 100 yards, but be prepared for longer distance shooting from a prone position in open country scenarios.
Global Sporting Safaris has worked hard to negotiate hassle free flat rate trophy pricing for all the various packages, and this applies for all species in Romania with the exception of Fallow deer. They are simply too special a commodity in this region and some of the largest fallow bucks you may observe during the rut could command trophy fees up to $10,000. Sliding scale trophy fees become exponential after a certain point, and are near impossible for many hunters to budget accurately. We are pleased to offer excellent flat rate pricing on any Fallow buck scoring up to 4.5kgs. This represents a buck well above the gold medal standards, equivalent to say a free-range 170-180 inch B&C Whitetail in North America.
Your guide will be able to determine if any Fallow bucks encountered are over 4.5 kgs, so enjoy stress free hunting for a great gold medal trophy targeting all but perhaps the top percentile of what might be encountered. Any Fallow buck over 4.5kgs will be subject to trophy fees payable after the hunt. Peak season runs from around Oct 5th to Halloween. The later part of the rut may see more antler damage as they fight aggressively. These 4 day, all-inclusive, 1×1 guided packages for any Fallow buck up to 4.5kgs is priced at $4550. To add additional Fallow deer up to 4.5 kgs is a fee of only $3250 each. Other species may be added to most Fallow deer hunts, but extra days may be required. The destination city for our specialty trophy Fallow Deer hunts is Timisoara, which is closer to Budapest Hungary, then Bucharest Romania.
The peak roar is influence by various weather related factors. If it is a cold fall, the Red Stags tend to roar a little earlier. As a whole, the roar ranges from mid September to early October. Hunts are fully 1×1 guided and are typically conducted spot & stalk while calling. Stand type hunting from a high seat can also be used when waiting in a strategic location or for a specific trophy stag. Various hunting environments exist in Romania for the trophy Red Stag that reside here. Hunt in either the western plains, and choose to combine with Roe Deer & Fallow deer and Wild Boar. Or hunt in the transitioning Foothills region towards the east, combinable with Roe Deer. Lastly, in the Carpathian Mountain hunts deeper in Transylvania, choose to combine Red Stag with Chamois and Wild Boar. To hunt in the plains region of the country clients must hunt’ a-la-cart’ with sliding scale trophy fees which become very expensive for large trophy stags and are make it very difficult for a hunter to budget. With that GSS has worked hard to develop all-inclusive flat rate trophy hunt packages good for any stags in the 7-13+ kg range, some of which more than exceed Gold Medal standards. No sliding scale trophy fees. These opportunities are possible on only a very limited basis and are restricted to various regions of the country based on license/permit availability.
Our first flat rate option is a 4 day, all-inclusive, 1×1 guided “Standard” Trophy hunt occurring in the Foothills region with typical stags scoring 7-9 Kgs, and the largest going around 11kg for $5750. The second option would be a similar 4 day, all-inclusive, 1×1 guided “Advanced” Trophy hunt in the Carpathian Mountains known for slightly larger stags but a slightly more physical and challenging hunt. Here expect trophies to range from 8-10kgs, with the largest going around a whopping 13kgs, all with a flat rate price of $7750. We are currently working to develop flat rate Stag hunts in the western Plains regions, but at this time they are only available per sliding scale trophy fee. These hunts are the least physical. Airport or destination city will depend on the hunting area where the best licenses have been secured. Usually Timisoara for western Plains hunts, and Cluj-Napoca or even Bucharest for Carpathian Foothills & Mountain hunts.
Arguably the most popular big game quarry in Romania, especially among the locals and other Europeans. These hunts are rich in cultural heritage, and for good reason. Romania might offer some of Europe’s best Wild Boar hunting for animals that routinely weight in at 250-300kgs. That 500-600+ lbs! All packages are all-inclusive and choose from 1×1 guided Trophy hunts, either conducted spot & stalk or from an elevated high seat over food source or bait, OR, action packed driven hunts with hounds with a larger group of hunters. Best times to hunt boar are during the colder months when crops are not present in the fields, typically from Oct to May. These hunts also occur in the western Plains, Carpathian Foothills and Mountain regions, and so destination cities can be either Timisoara or Cluj-Napoca. We offer specialty Wild Boar hunts, but Boar is also combinable with nearly every other species in Romania.
Add a Wild Boar of any size to any hunting package for a flat rate of $750 per boar.
Trophy Stalking/Baited Wild Boar Hunts – This is your opportunity to target a truly gigantic, trophy European Wild Boar. These hunts are available from October through to May, but the optimum time might be the dead of winter, when crop fields are bare and food is a scarcer commodity. Either spot & stalk groups of feeding Boars through loose timber in the shoulder hours of the day or hunt from an elevated stand over an actively maintained bait site seeking an above average specimen. This 4 day, all-inclusive 1×1 guided hunt package is priced at a mere $2100 and includes trophy fees for x1 Wild Boar of any size. Add additional trophy Wild Boars at $750 each with no limit.
Driven Hunts – These hunts are usually conducted with groups of 10 or more. To participate in driven hunts you must either book as a large group, or join an established group between early November and the end of January. These 4 day all-inclusive guided packages are priced at $2850, and there is no limit to the number of Wild Boars you are able to harvest. Rifle rentals are also provided but a fee may come into an effect depending on the amount of ammunition used. Ammunition is quite expensive in Europe.
Bear Hunting Romania (As of 10/7/16 this hunt is not available)
Regarded as one of the outfitters specialty hunts, Romania boasts the highest recorded population and density of Eurasian Brown Bears compared anywhere else in Europe. Aside from Wild Boar, Brown Bears here cause extensive damage to agricultural crops and threaten livestock which ensures a limited amount of hunting permits allocated each year. The outfitter is proud to boast near 90% success rates on trophy Brown Bear hunts which occur in the Carpathian Foothills and Mountains of Transylvania both spring and fall. Brown Bears are here are hunted in one of several different ways, either from a baited elevated shooting house, spot & stalk type hunting or driven hunts with hounds. Prime spring dates would span from late March to mid May and be conducted over baited sites or as stalking type hunts. Prime fall Brown Bear dates range from late October to late November and in addition to also being hunted over bait and stalking, driven Brown Bear (and or Wild boar/Wolf combo) hunts can also take place. Depending on the season, it is possible to combine Brown Bear with Wild Boar & Roe Deer in the spring and all other species during the fall season. Extra days can also be added. The destination city will likely be Cluj-Napoca, however Timisoara is also used for Bear permits secured in any south or western Foothill hunting areas.
Only available in the alpine regions of the Carpathian Mountains, this beautiful and highly prized Chamois is regarded as one of the largest sub-species of Chamois in the world. These spot & stalk type hunts take place in one of two hunting areas, the first occurring roughly 3000-4000 feet above sea level in a still somewhat forested setting. The second takes places at higher elevations around 6000-7000 feet in steeper, more rocky Alpine type environments. For these hunts, it is recommended to be in decent physical condition as a typical hunt sees 3-4 hours of climbing each day. Take advantage of our very affordable all-inclusive, 4 day, 1×1 guided Trophy Mountain hunt package that includes x1 Carpathian Chamois of any size priced at a flat rate of only $4450! Chamois can also be combined with any western Plains, Foothills or Mountain hunt is $4200, but factor in at least 3 additional days to travel and hunt this specific region of the Carpathians. The prime time to hunt Chamois in Transylvania would range from mid September to late November, or at least before heavy snowfalls risk reliable access into the high country. Our Chamois hunts are best combined with Roe Deer, Red Stag, Brown Bear, Wild Boar and Wolf in the Foothills or Mountains. Fallow Deer combinations may also be specifically arranged out of Timisoara if requested. The destination city for most of our Chamois hunting is usually Cluj-Napoca or at times Bucharest.
European Wolf Hunts (As of 10/7/16 this hunt is not available)
Regarded as the most difficult eastern European trophy to successfully harvest, Romania however would be the place to do it. The Carpathian foothills and especially Mountains still boast healthy numbers of wolves thriving on the abundance of both food and cover. Stalking type hunts are very difficult and best success rates come from elevated stand hunting over baited areas, or at times during a mixed driven hunt focusing on Wild Boar and Brown Bear. Snow on the ground certainly improves odds, especially over bait, and as such the optimal time to focus on a specialty European Wolf hunt would be during the winter months. Best dates range from December to the end of the March.
Romania is a large enough, ecologically diverse nation bordering a number of other countries as well as the northern shores of the Black Sea feed by the Danube River delta. The majority of our hunts however occur in the open plains of western Romania, comprised of rich agricultural country side with mixed low-lying hardwood forests and old hamlets or villages. Other hunts are offered in the Carpathian Foothills and Mountain regions of central Romania, in what is currently regarded as Transylvania. Here patchy networks of fields slowly give rise increasingly rolling wooded hills, until mature mixed forests dominate, transitioning to confiders, and then ultimately exposed Alpine peaks.
Dependent on what part of the country you visit, and what species you are hunting and at what season, conditions will vary. A comparable parallel would be to conditions experienced in US states such as Vermont, New Hampshire or Upstate New York. Roe deer hunts are green and warm but can be hot in midsummer. Fall season are cool and colorful. Leaves hit the forest floor in late fall and temperatures begin to fall. Eventually snow covers the landscape in the winter but conditions are not overly cold or severe. Late season Mountain hunts however can be subject to deeper snow and more trying winter conditions, as can be expected in any Alpine peak that time of year.
For our Romanian hunts, arrangements are typically made at one of several hotels in the local vicinity of the area you will be hunting. We are pleased to offer our clients a number of traditional amenities and all the comforts of home. All packages include full lodgings, and enjoy three locally inspired gourmet meals daily. Hunters usually each have private rooms, either with private or shared washrooms, and full use of hotel restaurant, dining halls and common areas. Complimentary round trip shuttle services is provided to transport all hunters from the airport, to the hotel and back to the airport. Guide will meet hunters at the hotel at agreed upon times for daily hunting ventures. For some of our mountain hunts, small hunting lodges are also used where you stay with your guide. For all western Plains and some Foothills hunts out of Timisoara in western Romania, we prefer the Moara cu Noroc Hotel (www.hanulmoaracunoroc.ro/). For other dedicated Carpathian Foothill or Mountain hunts in central Romania, we can accommodate hunters at either the Motel Sora (www.motel-sora.ro) or the lakeside Danubis Hotel & Spa south of Cluj-Napoca (www.danubiushotels.ro/hoteluri-sovata/danubius-health-spa-resort-sovata).
The destination city for the majority of our Plains & Foothill hunts will be Timisoara, while other Foothill or Mountain hunts will be based out of Cluj-Napoca or Bucharest. This is dependent on what hunting areas the various licenses have been allocated for each year. All destination cities have airports that can be reached by a number of major airlines and connecting hubs. Typical connection cities can include Amsterdam, Munich or Frankfort, and in all entails a quick, simple and relatively inexpensive travel when compared to other continents. Upon booking a hunt in Romania, consider planning pre or post hunt European sightseeing activities, or even combine two separate hunts in two or more different but nearby European countries to maximize your European experience & travel. These are excellent packages to consider bringing a non-hunting companion or observer.
~ 4 day -All inclusive 1×1 guided Trophy Roe Deer hunt (no size limit) – May & August – USD$1,800
~ 4 day -All inclusive 1×1 guided Trophy Fallow Deer hunt (up to 4.5kg’s) – October – USD$4,550
~ 4 day -All inclusive 1×1 guided Trophy Red Stag hunt (Standard) – September – USD$5550
~ 4 day -All inclusive 1×1 guided Trophy Red Stag hunt (Advanced) – September – USD$7750
~ 4 day -All inclusive 1×1 guided Trophy Wild Boar hunt (Stalking/Baited) – October-April – USD$2350
~ 4 day -All inclusive guided Driven Wild Boar hunt (no limit) – November-January – USD$2850
~ 4 day -All inclusive 1×1 guided Trophy Carpathian Chamois hunt (no size limit) – Sept-Nov – USD$4,450
*Note: Wounded or unrecoverable game either terminates your hunts or is subject to 50% of the estimated value according to trophy fees by your PH if you wish to keep hunting.
Combination Hunts & upgrades
~ Additional Roe Deer (no size limit) – $550
~ Additional Fallow Deer (up to 4.5kg’s) – $3250
~ Additional Wild Boar (no size limit)-$750
~ Combine with 3 day Carpathian Chamois Mountain upgrade – $4200
~ Combine with 3 day Plains Red Stag – Price subject to sliding scale trophy fee according to size harvested
~ Combine with 3 day Red Stag – $4500 Foothill hunt & $6500 Mountain hunt (pricing subject to change)
~ Additional hunting day -$300/day
~ Non-hunting observer welcome – $200/day
~ Round trip Airport-Hotel-Airport shuttle service from either Timisoara, Cluj-Napoca or Bucharest
~ All guiding and transportation during hunt package
~ Comfortable hotel or lodge style accommodations
~ Three hearty meals daily
~ All Government licenses, fees & taxes
~ English speaking guide or interpreter to accompany each hunting party
~ Quality Rifle Rental
~ Travel to and from Romania
~ Any pre or post hunt hotel accommodations
~ Gratuities to your guide
~ Hunter to provide all contact info for invoice development, issued upon booking
~50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot
~ Cheques and Credit Card are both accepted (3.5% surcharge for Credit Cards)
~ GSSafaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be signed and returned.
~ Final 50% payment is due no less than 90 days prior to your hunt date
~ All hunts are in US dollars
~ Total costs of the hunt are fixed. There will be no refunds for any hunter leaving early