CROATIA Hunting Information

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  1. sierraone

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    We were not allowed to be involved in any hunting. I'm not even sure that the locals did so legally, but they did. From your description the area I would have been in was Belje. It was on the Serbian/Croatian border along the Dunav River. (Danube in English). The big stags were common there and could easily be seen when driving down the levy at night.
     
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    Yes, then, it is Belje.
    It is area best known for strongest trophy of red stag. Best gene pool in entire former Ygoslavia! And in his time Tito had best deer management professionals employed there.

    Now the area is split between hunting areas in Croatia and Serbia, and absolutely legally huntable!
     

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    Very informative and some interesting customs. Thank you for sharing.
     

  4. perttime

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    I spent a bit over half a year in the Vukovar - Osijek - Vinkovci triangle in 1997. The main impression there was wide open farmland, with big and small villages. I recall a drive through some dense forest somewhere south of Vinkovci.
     

  5. mark-hunter

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    Of course!
    There are patches of forests, where Slavonian Oak - Hrast Luznjak, (Quercus robur) prevails.
    Oak gives good supply of acorn for boars and stag to prepare for winter, and collect last fat before the snow. Forest gives protection from predators.

    Wast agricultural plains, for corn and wheat, gives additional food supply in summer, before harvests in the fall, when young and fawns collect their strenght.

    Finally there is wast wet lands area, resting ground of many migratory bird species, and and habitat for many indigenous species.

    This wetlands is partially protected area under designation of nature park, but huntable. Here is the link:
    https://pp-kopacki-rit.hr/?lang=en

    So human agricultural activities, natural resources of forest areas, plus wet lands and swamps give perfect conditions for big, small and feather game to thrive. This is actually the richest game populated part of country.

    For hunter - it is land of plenty!

    A bit more to the west, there is hunting grounds "Garjevica", which CIC commision declared the best hunting area in the World in 2000.
    this is local news on the link (croatian language) but translation I will make below:
    http://www.agrokor.hr/hr/vijesti/agrokorovo-loviste-najbolje-u-svijetu-u-2000-godini/

    Translation:
    The Garjevica State Hunting Ground, which is in the concession of Agrokor, was awarded the "Edmond Blanc" annual award for the best managed hunting ground in the world in 2000 by the International Union for Hunting and Conservation of Game (CIC). Last year's Best Hunting Achievement Award was presented to the President of the Board of Agrokor Ivica Todoric at the end of the annual CIC Assembly, which was held in Slovenian Portorož from May 1-5, 2001. As a leading international organization that brings together hunting associations, individuals, representatives of national bodies responsible for hunting and scientists from 80 countries, CIC pays particular attention to nature protection and in its work closely cooperates with the International Association for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Therefore, special consideration is given to respecting the high environmental standards and resolutions of the Association for the Conservation of Nature when awarding the World's Best Hunting Ground. The Garjevica Hunting Ground, where Agrokor has been a concessionaire since 1992, has 15,000 ha of hunting area where red deer, wild boar, roe deer, mouflon and other small game are grown.
     

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    I’m heading to Croatia January next year for a driven boar hunt. Friends organise it with a hunting club. Very well priced when you cut out the agents who,frankly, just mark it up.
     

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    I hope you will have great time! Let us know how was it.
     

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    My wife wishes to visit Croatia next year (2020), likely in late May or June. I am looking forward to seeing the country.
     

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    @HuntingGold
    It is nice to hear!
    Do the research, make plan, and enjoy the trip!

    Keep in mind, in case you have hunting in a mind: in Croatia something can be legally hunted 12 months per year, hunting season is officially closed from 01st match till 15th April (when roe deer season opens).
    In idle months, boars, fox, jackals, pheasants released from pen can be hunted only.
     

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    What species do you recommend for late May or early June?
    Is there a guide or outfitter you would recommend for a one or two day hunt?
    Thanks
     

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    I must say, that you have chosen your timing well!
    First, may / june is the time when sea is warm enough for swimming, and tourist season has not picked up yet!
    (Peak of tourist season is between 15th july to 15th Aug)

    So you will avoid all the crowd!

    In may / june - it is actually my favorite hunt for Roe buck. If winter is a bit longer, then May and early June should still have low grass in the fields, which make roe visible in the distance. (once the grass is high, roe will be hard to find)

    So I can wholeheartedly recommend hunting Roe buck by stalking.... stalking is my favourite hunt, but roe can be hunted from high stand as well.
    Also, a boar can be hunted as well at that time. However, in may, june - boar is also hunted by stalking or from stand - because big driven hunts will start only in fall or winter.

    For the rest, will drop you pm!
     

  12. Jasonm

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    @mark-hunter: Great posts on Croatia hunting! Must have taken ages to put that together.
    I work for a night vision company and am researching into Croatia's rules on night hunting optics and which hunting distributors or reseller shops are best to buy from.
    Could I ask for your advice, please?

    Do you know if night-time hunting is permitted in Croatia, please? And if yes, what restrictions are in place for night optics (handheld spotters, or weapon optics)?
    Most countries allow handheld spotting monoculars, but some don't permit weapon mount night optics.
    If it is permitted, could you recommend which are the better hunting distributors or shops or websites to purchase from, please?

    Kind Regards, Jason.
     

  13. perttime

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    Croatian hunting law: https://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/2005_11_140_2641.html
    Google translation: https://translate.google.com/transl...e.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/2005_11_140_2641.html

    Article 64
    (1) It is prohibited to hunt game:
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    5. Optical night hunting targets capable of electronically magnifying or converting images, electric or electronic killer or stun devices, explosives, gas or smoke expulsion,

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    Sounds like night sights are not allowed. Someone who understands Croatian properly may give a more accurate answer.
     

  14. mark-hunter

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    @perttime
    I am impressed by your thoroughness and research.
    However, things change.

    Recently, hunting laws has been changed, and are published in national gazette, end of 2018.
    So, updated hunting law, in national gazette, nn 99/2018, link:

    https://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/2018_11_99_1913.html

    Article 66 (8)
    It is prohibited to hunt game:
    8. With Optical night vision and electronic sight capable of electronically zooming in or electronically zooming in or converting an image.

    But they are defining exemptions, from this rule in same Article 66-24-(3, 4, 5, 6):
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    (3) Provided that there are no other suitable options and that the derogation will not be detrimental to the maintenance of the game population, the Ministry may allow derogation from the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Article:
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    4) The authorization for the exceptional use of the means referred to in paragraph 1, items 1 to 18 of this Article shall be issued by the Ministry, with the prior consent of the ministry competent for nature protection affairs.

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    (5) The ministry responsible for nature protection shall give its prior approval within 30 days from the day of receipt of the request.
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    (6) The prior consent referred to in paragraph 4 of this Article need not be obtained in the case of the use of optical night-vision electronic sights for hunting wild boars, foxes and jackals outside protected areas of nature.
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    In original text:
    Članak 66.
    8. optičkim ciljnicima za noćni lov s mogućnošću elektroničkog povećavanja ili pretvaranja slike
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    (4) Dopuštenje za iznimnu uporabu sredstava iz stavka 1. točaka od 1. do 18. ovoga članka donosi Ministarstvo, uz prethodnu suglasnost ministarstva nadležnog za poslove zaštite prirode.
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    (5) Ministarstvo nadležno za poslove zaštite prirode dužno je dati svoju prethodnu suglasnost u roku od 30 dana od dana primitka zahtjeva.
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    (6) Prethodnu suglasnost iz stavka 4. ovoga članka nije potrebno ishoditi ako se radi o upotrebi optičkih ciljnika za noćni lov za lov svinje divlje, lisice i čaglja izvan zaštićenih dijelova prirode.



    Explanation, by OP - me:

    Article 66, basic "total" ban on night sights, similar as per law as of 2005, was meant to be applied for protection of big game such as deer, red deer, roe, fallow, etc... And it kept its meaning till today in new law (lex 2018).

    Various equipment for observations, like NV or thermal monoculars, etc, not mounted on rifle have been allowed even before. But not allowed for shooting or aiming.

    However, this has opened the market for this equipment, and created general public acceptance, up to the level that boar hunting with NV has become ethical if not legal by that time.

    In recent years there is explosion of population of wild boars, jackals, and to lesser extent - foxes. Making damages to the crops, other game, and causing road accidents.

    Plus, there is wide spread African swine flu in other European countries, and high annual quota for wild boars is recommended by ministry in order to prevent African swine flu being introduced into country, and to reduce the numbers of boars below previously set minimums.

    This made the basis for new hunting law in 2018, and exemptions for three species.

    For hunting, it is therefore defined as legal for boars, foxes and jackals.
    For daylight (or night time) observation anything can be used, including various type of NV or thermal monoculars, which can be fitted on scopes, or just handheld, then binoculars, etc

    Local hunting shops legally offer all types of NV or IR or thermal optics.

    It is my estimate that, at least 90% of local big game hunters have some type on night digital optics. And use it.

    Due to economic pricing, various types of Yukon NV is most popular.

    I, on the other hand, still belong to dinosaur clan, enjoy day light stalking, enjoy dawns at high stand and do not own any type of digital, NV or IR optical sights.
    But I am exemption.

    @Jasonm
    I cannot advertise anybody who is not sponsor here, but I will send you pm, with various local dealers and distributors of this equipment.
     
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    Thank you Mark and Perttime. Very helpful clarifications.
     

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