Poland: Red Stag

5 HUNTING DAYS
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An iconic, indigenous, free-range Eastern European adventure steeped in culture for Red Stag, during the peak roar. The “King”. Possibly one of our most popular packages

TRIP DURATION  5 professionally guided 1×1 hunting days
PHYSICAL LEVEL Easy
PRIME TIME Peak roar occurs in September into October
WILDLIFE STATUS
Wild, Free-ranging, Indigenous

Package Highlights

Easily one of our most popular packages, and for several reasons. Firstly, they come standard as 5-day, 1×1 guided all-inclusive airport-to-airport hunt itineraries. But overall, hunting in Poland offers excellent free-range trophy quality, success rates, incredible value for an overall great experience. With our outfitter, we have arranged FLAT RATES for all Red Stags hunts! No sliding scale trophy fees. Target the biggest free-range Red Stag you can find!

Hunting during the peak roar is as exciting as it is iconic. These indigenous Red stags are deeply immersed in local hunting culture and centuries of hunting heritage. Pursue your quarry with an experienced local stalker, hunting these cunning and elusive stags on his home turf. Take the back roads, see the countryside and suck up the local color in your quest for a trophy Red Stag. SCI bronze medal class start around 7kg+ (weight of antlers and skull), which is typical of stags encountered on any of our regular hunts, but with chances at much larger. Our more limited trophy hunts occur in premier areas where odds at silver and gold medal class stags in 8-9kg+ range or bigger are encountered more frequently.

Typical Day & Tactics

Like many ungulates, Red stags are most active in the mornings and evenings. Start the day by meeting your guide in the early pre-dawn at your lodgings. Hit the field and get a bead on roaring stags for some exciting encounters literally the moment the sun crests the horizon. It’s adrenalizing! Hunting strategies are usually a combination of spot & stalk and calling tactics, to locate or call in trophy stags. At times enclosed stands or “high-seats” as they are locally called are used to lay in wait for a particular stag of interest once he is located. After an exciting morning hunt, return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast, followed by some downtime or a chance to explore the local area. Have a late lunch and then head back afield for the evening hunt and continue locating and evaluating Red Stags until dark. Once back at the lodge after sunset, enjoy a list of traditional dinner menu items with all the Polish trimmings.

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 reminiscent of home. 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. The weather in September is usually fair and comfortable. Rain can occur but is rarely prevalent. Expect light frost or dew in the mornings, warming up in the midday with fall colors only just beginning. Hunting Red Stag here in the peak roar is a lovely and comfortable experience. For detailed weather data, Wikipedia is an excellent resource for historic weather trends found in the “Climate” section available for any city worldwide.

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 exclusive private rooms, complete bathrooms, moats, gardens, courtyards, dining halls & common areas. Meals are often catered or served in an adjoining restaurant all-inclusive with the package. Enjoy 3 hearty meals daily featuring lots of locally sourced Polish favorites. Soups, sausages, sauerkraut, salads, assortments of cold cuts & cheese, smoked fish, schnitzel, chops & roasts, followed by delicious desserts. No one ever goes hungry!

 

Pricing

Regular Hunt: 5 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Red Stag – September = $4500

Limited Premier Trophy Hunt: 5 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Red Stag – September = $5500

Special Combo Hunt:  7 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Red Stag, x1 Mouflon, x1 fallow – Sept/Oct = $9950

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 Red Stag 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
  • purchases of a personal nature, alcohol, souvenirs, etc.

Additions

  • Extra hunting days: $250/day 
  • Non-hunting observer days: $200/day
  • Trophy fees for additional game species:
    • Additional Regular hunt Red Stag (no size restrictions) = $3500
    • Additional Trophy hunt Red Stag (no size restrictions) = $4500
    • European Mouflon (no size restrictions) = $4500
    • European Fallow deer (no size restrictions) = $1500
    • European Roe Deer (no size restrictions) = $600
    • European Wild Boar (sliding price based on weight kg’s/tusk length mm) = $750-1500

 

 

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 easily reached 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

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

Nick – Poland Red Stag

I’ve been lucky to have spent a decent amount of time in the great outdoors in pursuit of my passions being hunting and fishing. Being of European descent I had always had a keen interest in learning more about the various hunting opportunities available there.

As luck would have it, a group of collaborated with Adrian Skok who assisted in planning what was soon to become an incredible introduction to free-range hunting in Europe. We decided on late September in western Poland to pursue some late season Red stag with the hopes of combining with other species like Roe Deer, Fallow, and Mouflon. Start to finish every detail of this hunt was just how Adrian described it would be, as well as made smooth and seamless by and our welcoming outfitter. Despite our party being a large group, preparations, organization, logistics, meals, guides, and lodgings were all wonderful.  Trophy free-range game was abundant and within several days’ time, most of us had at least one nice animal of some species. I was lucky to have taken a handsome Red stag on a beautiful crisp morning at dawn as several stags were tending a herd of hinds… What an excellent hunt. It was the real deal, and I would recommend Adrian or Red Stag in Poland to anyone looking for a top-notch European hunting experience.

I have already decided I need to check out the Fallow deer hunts in Romania next