I don’t know where to even start with this report. I’ll try at the very beginning, about two years ago Horia Spandu (Born Wild) posted a Romanian Roe buck hunt offer here on AH. About the only thing I knew about Romania was that it is an Eastern European country and it was part of the former Soviet bloc. I have quite a bit of experience with Russian people and my first thought was that it would be like Russia. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It is nothing like Russia. Romania is quite possibly one of the most beautiful and amazing place I’ve ever been. If someone has ever thought of going, you must put all preconceived notions aside and be prepared for an incredible experience. Romania is extremely friendly and safe. The people are very warm and hospitable. They are not used to seeing Americans and you will surely be the topic of conversation anywhere you go. They are very curious about you and the only knowledge of Americans is what they have seen on T.V. I was amazed to see that about half of the Police in the country don’t carry guns, not because they can’t, but because they say they don’t need to as violence is unheard of. As those of you that know me know I am a Police officer here in Texas and it was completely amazing to see Policeman, unarmed, and extremely relaxed. Everyone told me that to be a Policeman there was about the most gravy train job one can get. The days of corruption in the Police there are long gone and there is just an overwhelming sense of laxity in the air. Romania is a very wild place which is odd to wrap your head around considering it is a European country. The amount and quality of game is second to none. I’ve never seen a place that has such a large population of game of which is of top notch quality. Poaching is nonexistent as a whole and all of the game is very relaxed which makes for extremely fun and successful stalking. Romanian big game includes Roe buck, Fallow, European Brown Bear, Chamois, Boar, wolf, and Red Stag. All hunting is completely wild and free range. There are no game farms or fences here. Come to think of it there aren’t even any cattle fences as the livestock is herded on foot every day to graving grounds. All animals are free range and native to the area. There are no exotic species. Small game includes but is not limited to hare, pheasant, quail, partridge, and waterfowl. To hunt in Romania is very simple; you just need your hunting license from the US and a cheap temporary hunting insurance policy which can be obtained there. Mine cost $50. While I used my outfitters guns for the trip, bringing your own is simple and getting a temporary gun permit takes about 10 minutes at the airport (I did research on it while there so I can bring mine for the next trip). All you need is an invitation letter from the outfitter and a 4457. That’s it. It is also free from my understanding and the only cost associated would be the oversized baggage fee charged by the airlines. From what I understood you can bring 100 rounds of rifle ammo and I believe 300 rounds of shotgun ammo. Like I said I used Horia and Alein’s guns which were new, in good order, with good optics, and were Winchester and Savage makes. They were sighted in well and shot very nice. One thing of note is you may want to bring your own shooting sticks as Romanians shoot off hand, and are very good out to 180 meters at it. Romanian hunting culture is quite unique and different from what I am used to. It was great to experience a different culture of hunters and I very much enjoyed their traditions. They aren’t judgmental of our customs and traditions but I enjoyed getting involved in their traditions of which they were more than happy to teach and involve me in. I will get more into this as I go on but I’m just wanting to give some background info above.