Poland: Mouflon

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Culturally rich, Eastern European Mouflon might be the world’s most affordable wild, free-range sheep hunt. Strikingly handsome, Mouflon are the genetic ancestor of all wild sheep today! Flat rate packages & lots of combo options.

TRIP DURATION 5 day 1×1 guided hunts
PHYSICAL LEVEL Easy
PRIME TIME  October to the end of February with the rut occurring in November
WILDLIFE STATUS Wild, Free-ranging & Indigenous

Package Highlights

Similar in popularity to our Red Stag and Roe Deer hunts, the quest for Mouflon is very attractive for several reasons. For starters, Mouflon are the genetic granddaddy of all wild sheep alive today, but also, they represent the most affordable wild, indigenous, free-ranging sheep hunts on the planet. They are beautiful, challenging, iconic and a pleasure to pursue and share space with. Poland is not overly abundant with Mouflon compared to other species, but being some of the northernmost reaches of the species, they are very large representatives.

Poland offers exceptional value, which might be part of the reason why hunting here has tremendously risen in popularity. As a standard, these hunts come as 5-day, 1×1 guided all-inclusive airport-to-airport packages with English speaking interpreters. Hunting in Poland also tends to produce excellent free-range trophy quality and success rates for an overall great experience. With our outfitter, we have also arranged FLAT RATES for all of our packages, including Mouflon! No sliding scale trophy fees. Target the biggest free-range trophy Mouflon ram you can find! Hunting mid-fall during the pre and peak rut is an excellent action-packed window as these eastern European forests are alive with wildlife activity. Late season hunts are also extremely rewarding as Mouflon sport their best capes of the year in the winter, and tracking them against the snow brings on a whole new element. Hunting here is deeply immersed in the local culture, built off of centuries of heritage and tradition. Pursue your quarry with an experienced local stalker on their home turf. Take the back roads, see the countryside and enjoy this blast from the past experience while in pursuit of free-range medal class Mouflon rams.

Mouflon combine so perfectly with several other great hunting opportunities in Poland, as well as others in nearby European countries. Early season (first half of October) is the best option to combine with Red Stag, while mid-season (Mid October to late November) has both the Mouflon and Fallow rut loosely coinciding together, making these two species an excellent combo option. While Wild Boar are technically available almost year-round, the winter would be prime time, and so late-season Mouflon hunts (December-February) combine best with Wild boars.

Start to finish these hunts in Poland are near seamless and hassle-free with much pre-planning and preparation on the side of the outfitter to offer the best experience. Add extra hunting days, tour the country, or tour somewhere else in Europe on the way to or from these awesome European hunts.

Typical Day & Tactics

Greet your guide or interpreter at the airport and make the often-quick drive through the rural countryside to your lodgings. Depending on when you arrive, you could instantly head out for an evening hunt or relax, enjoy dinner and unpack with plans to kick off at dawn the following morning. Like most big game animals, Mouflon are most active in the mornings and evenings, but during the peak rut, they can be active most of the day.

Meet your guide in the early pre-dawn at your lodgings each morning and depart looking for bands of Mouflon as soon as the sun crests the horizon. Having strong site fidelity, Mouflon here live in select pockets that the guides are familiar with. Management is very well orchestrated and harvests are on a local quota, sometimes limited to only 1-3 rams per unit. This ensures trophy quality as the guides are extremely scrutinous when it comes to judging rams. Regardless of the season, these are primarily spot and stalk hunts, at times conducted from a high-seat, but often vehicle assisted and then on foot.

During the early season (first half of October) Mouflon are developing their winter capes but are still handsome and regal looking. Some Red Stags can still be heard roaring during their second rut in select areas, making these early season ventures perhaps the best time to combine with these two species. Mid-season (mid-October to late November), the Mouflon rut cranks up and lasts for several weeks. This might be the best time to pursue these sheep as they are less shy and conspicuous, often caught battling for dominance in open fields throughout the day. The Mouflon rut coincides nicely with Fallow deer rut, who begin croaking and breeding as early as mid-October, with the peak rut occurring near the end of the month. A trophy Mouflon and Fallow combo this time of year is an excellent choice. While Wild Boar are technically available year-round, winter is the prime time, and so late-season Mouflon hunts (December to the end of February) combine the two species perfectly. Mouflon can be tracked and stand out well against the snow in the Pine thickets they often seek for shelter. Wild Boar, in turn, can be taken as targets of opportunity, or specifically targeted in the evenings from an active high-seat over bait. As a final bonus, winter capes for both species are at their most prime this time of year.

After an exciting morning hunt each day, return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast, followed by some downtime or leisure, unless the plan is hunt throughout the midday, depending on rutting activity. Have a big late lunch and then head back afield for the evening hunt and continue locating and evaluating Mouflon until dark. Once back at the lodge after sunset, enjoy a lovely list of traditional dinner menu items with all the Polish trimmings follow by tea and local desserts. Once the hunt is concluded, hunters are shuttled back to the airport, or a hotel in accordance with their travel plans as many of our hunters choose to vacation and sightsee while already in Europe.

Landscape & Climate

Rural Poland offers a very huntable and game-rich terrain. The landscape is generally flat, but complete with wooded hills and highly fertile rolling farm country. Cereal crops, vegetables, canola, corn, and pasturelands are quite prevalent. This region is dotted with woodlots, fruit orchards, pine plantations and larger tracts of mixed forests largely made up of Birch, Oak, Poplar and species of Pine. Many of the best Mouflon areas are within close proximity to some of the larger and denser forested areas.

The weather during the early season (first half of October) is generally warm and pleasant with the vegetation still quite green. Mid-season (mid-October to late November) is more classic fall weather conditions. Temperatures may dip slightly below freezing overnight but frost in the mornings is typical enough, as well as colorful leaves unless they have already fallen. Middays and afternoons have every potential to warm-up, however. Late season (December-February) brings with it classic winter conditions. Temperatures should generally hover or stay below the freezing mark and snow may come and go in December but usually blankets the ground in January and especially February.

Meals & Accommodations

A country like Poland comes with rich culture and historic charm. A variety of lodging options can be arranged for hunters. Palaces, old luxurious manor homes, renovated heritage hotels in small villages, or rural cottages are all options. Nearly every venue will have its own unique story or post-war restorations. You can expect private rooms, complete bathrooms, moats, gardens, courtyards, dining halls & gracious common areas.

Meals are often catered or served in an adjoining restaurant all-inclusive with every package. Enjoy 3 hearty meals daily featuring an array of locally sourced Polish favorites. Soups, sausages, sauerkraut, salads, assortments of cold cuts & cheese, smoked fish, schnitzel, chops & roasts, followed by delicious deserts. In classic eastern European hospitality, no one ever goes hungry!

Key Equipment Suggestions

This hunt only requires basic equipment, but that can change depending on the season hunted in accordance with daily temperatures. Appropriate layered hunting clothing, light day pack, 10x binoculars, rangefinder, headlamp, comfortable walking boots, rain gear, a digital camera, European double adaptor, sunglasses and a hat with thin gloves covers the essentials.

Pricing 

Trophy Hunts: 5 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Trophy Mouflon – October – February = $5500

Additional Hunting Days ($250)

Additional Species (Fallow, Wild Boar, Red Stag) may be added on a trophy fee.  

Included 

  • Round trip airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • English speaking interpreter for the duration of the hunt
  • All meals and accommodations during the hunt
  • All permits, licenses, and trophy fees for x1 Mouflon with no size restrictions
  • 1×1 professional guiding with an experienced local stalker
  • All ground transportation while hunting
  • All European skull cleaning and basic trophy preparations for taxidermy

Not Included

  • Travel to the destination city in Poland
  • Pre and post-hunt meals and accommodations
  • Rifle rental for the duration of the hunt & ammunition ($250) if desired
  • Trophy fees for any additional game animals harvested
  • Gratuities to guides and staff
  • Taxidermy and trophy export
  • Personal side ventures or tourism
  • Misc purchases of a personal nature, alcohol, souvenirs, etc.

Additions

  • Extra hunting days: $250/day
  • Non-hunting observer days: $200/day
  • Rifle Rental & Ammunition: $250/duration of the hunt

 Trophy fees for additional game species;

  • Additional Mouflon (no size restrictions) = $4500
  • Fallow Deer (no size restrictions) = $1500
  • Wild Boar (sliding price based on weight KG’s/tusk length mm) = $750-1500
  • Red Stag (no size restrictions) = $3500 – 4500 (dependant on season & if season is open)

Destination City

Hunters are usually greeted at one of several destination cities across Poland depending on the location of their hunt. Most often Poznan, Wroclaw, or occasionally Warsaw.

Travel Suggestions

All destination cities are easy reached especially by any Lufthansa airlines flight, with best connections typically occurring in either Munich or Frankfurt, Germany.

Airport Shuttles 

Round trip airport shuttles are available and already included with every package.

Special Info

Passport required for all international travel. Visa’s or Immunizations may be required for certain destinations.