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Bulgaria - a top hunting destination!

 

Bulgaria provides professional hunting organization. It is 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. Main game species in Bulgaria are:

   
Bulgaria Hunting Trophy Game species

Red deer

Trophy hunt: 1st September - 31st January
Due to the consistent care for the populations, Bulgaria has earned 4 red stag world record trophies, including the current World Record Red Stag (273.60 CIC, 16.2 kg). The red stag with the biggest trophy weight has 17.6 kg. Our guests have hunted over 40 red stags with trophy weight over 12 kg. Our best red stag has 13.9 kg trophy weight and 247.69 CIC points (2007). The trophies of the red stags reach 12-13 kg in the Danubian hilly plain, 9-10 kg in the north-eastern regions, 8-9 kg in the South-east, 6-7 kg in the Balkan and Rhodope mountains. The rut is in the second half of September. We recommend 5-6 hunting days for your successful red stag hunting.
   
Bulgaria Hunting Trophy Game species

Wild boar

Trophy hunt: throughout the year.
The National record trophy (158.20 CIC points, 27.10 cm) is the 2nd best trophy of the world. But it was the world record for 17 years between 1986 and 2003. Wild boar rut is in November - December. Old wild boars over 20-22 cm are successfully hunted for at high-seat (best at full moon) in 4-5 hunting days. The best wild boar hunted by our guests has 29.2 cm (1992).
Good Wild boar Driven hunts are organized in October, November and December, for 3-4 hunting days and 8-12 hunters. Our best group has had 82 pieces (incl. 18 mature boars), 7 hunters in 4 hunting days (1992).
   
Bulgaria Hunting Trophy Game species

Roe deer

Trophy hunt: 1st May - 31st October
The National record roebuck (189.40 CIC points, 825 g) comes from the hunting ground Bolyarka in the Danubian hilly plain. The roe buck rut is from mid July until the beginning of August. The hunt is mostly stalking. We recommend 4 - 5 hunting days. In many hunting grounds, it is also possible to hunt for wild boar, mouflon, chamois and capercaillie at the same time. Capital roebucks reach 500 - 550 g. The average trophy weight is about 300 - 320 g. Mature roebucks with trophy weight of 200 - 250 g are hunted for in the Rhodope mountains. Our best roebuck has 510 g (2003). An excellent combination with family holidays.
   
Bulgaria Hunting Trophy Game species

Fallow deer

Trophy hunt: 1st September - 31st January
The National record (207.59 CIC points) comes from the hunting ground Voden, Northeast Bulgaria. The rut is in October. Hunting is mostly stalking. We recommend 4 - 5 hunting days. In many hunting grounds, it is also possible to hunt for wild boar, mouflon, chamois or red stag at the same time. Capital fallow stags reach up to 5 kg. Fallow stags in Iskar hunting ground, at the Iskar Dam lake reach up to 4.5 kg. In the eastern part of the Rhodope mountains, at the Dam lake Studen Kladenetz are hunted mature medal fallow stags with trophy weight of 3 - 3.5 kg. Our best fallow stag has trophy weight of 4.7 kg.
   
Bulgaria Hunting Trophy Game species

Chamois

Trophy hunt - males: 10th April - 10th May and 1st December - 15th January
Trophy hunt - females: 15th September - 31st October
The Balkan Chamois inhabits mostly the Rhodope mountains. The populations are not so high above sea level and stalking is easier than elsewhere. The National record (118.50 CIC points) comes from Izvora hunting ground. Female chamois have average 90-93 CIC points, chamois bucks about 103-106 CIC points. Our best chamois trophy has 116.20 CIC points (1995). We recommend 4-5 hunting days. An excellent combination with hunting for wild boar, mouflon, capercailzie and roebuck
   
Bulgaria Hunting Trophy Game species

Mouflon

Trophy hunt: throughout the year.
The population is in many hunting grounds mainly in the Rhodope mountains in southern Bulgaria. The National record has 240.05 CIC points, 95.6 cm. Trophies between 70 cm and 95 cm are expected. We recommend 4-5 hunting days. Hunting for mouflon is possible in combination with wild boar, chamois, capercailzie or roebuck hunting. Our best mouflon trophy has 93.4 cm (2002).
   
Bulgaria Hunting Trophy Game species

Capercailzie

Period: 15th April - 15th May.
Bulgaria has a good capercaillie population in the Rhodope mountains. Hunting is early morning stalking by dawn. Usually the hunt is successful in 2-3 days. Further you can hunt for chamois, roebuck, wild boar and mouflon. Our guests have hunted with us over 50 capercailzies.
   
Bulgaria Hunting Trophy Game species

Predators

Wolf, wild cat, jackal and fox are hunted throughout the year.
The Wild cat World record (fell: 82.99 CIC points) is Bulgarian.
The permanent increasing populations of wolf, jackal and fox are very worrisome. Our guests have hunted with us 16 wolves (last time in January 2005). The hunt is often by chance, during the hunt for other game species. The chances are good in Rhodope and Balkan mountains and in the Danubian hilly plain (hunting grounds Bolyarka and Cherni Lom). With a good preparation, the purposive hunting for wolf, jackal and fox can be very successful.
   
Bulgaria Hunting Trophy Game species

Birds

Bird shooting excites our guests. Hunting for quails and turtle doves (CITES) opens on 15th August. A bag of 100 birds per hunter is no rareness. Best results by end of August - beginning of September. To the North of Varna lies "Via Pontica", permanent centuries-old route of migrating birds from North to South that provides excellent opportunities for successful wild ducks and wild geese hunting in December and January.
The south Black Sea coast is known for excelent snipes and wood cock hunting.
Bulgaria also provides good partridge and rock partridge shooting.
We have hunting grounds that are well known for the perfect organization of pheasant driven hunts and individual pheasant hunts.
   

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