Romania: Fallow Deer

4 Hunting Days
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Walk in the footsteps of kings and dictators – See hundreds if not thousands of rutting Fallow deer per day!

TRIP DURATION  4 Hunting days, fully guided.
PHYSICAL LEVEL Easy
PRIME TIME  Can be hunted late Sept to early Nov, but peak rut occurs in October
WILDLIFE STATUS Wild, Free-ranging & Indigenous

Package Highlights

A place that truly needs to be experienced to be best appreciated. This may rank as one of the all-time, best free-range deer hunts on the planet. Nowhere else can a hunter see so many deer, so many big bucks and so much rutting activity at once. Some days you can see up to 4000 deer! It really is quite incredible. Our outfitter’s hunting area is essentially the end destination for legions of migrating Fallow deer.

In ages past, these were the personal hunting grounds of both the Hungarian and Austrian Kings, and later the communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu. Like Europe’s own Serengeti, literally thousands of Fallow deer descend upon these plains from all over. Once the Fallow arrive, the area turns into an annual frenzied, mass rutting ritual as the pride of a species battles it out for dominance over the course of several weeks. The croaking and calling of the bucks can at times be deafening as hundreds of bucks vocalize aggressively, especially in the mornings. It’s so fierce that other species like Red stag, Roe deer and Wild Boar are essentially driven out during the fall. And while most hunters take at least two big Fallow bucks on this hunt, short drives in the opposite directions from the lodge provides great opportunities to hunt the additional species off flat rate trophy fees.

Pheasants and Roe deer are good options near the hotel in the morning, while baited trophy wild boar is a great experience in the afternoons. Carpathian Chamois combo hunts are also extremely popular, to do this, hunters are given two extra days and relocate from the plains to the western Carpathian slopes, only several hours drive. What tops it all off, however (in addition to the many species, excellent trophy quality, success rates, pricing, culture and ease of logistics), is our hospitable outfitter who oversees all hunts, and thus the overall hassle-free airport-to-airport experience this package offers each hunter.

Typical Day & Tactics

This adventure starts at the Timisoara airport where our friendly and English-speaking outfitter greets hunters and drive them through the western Romania countryside. Pass through the ancient and beautiful gothic provincial city of Arad arriving to your accommodations, which are lovely. Settle in, have a light dinner and plan to meet at the breakfast bar in the wee hours of the morning.

If you are targeting Fallow deer, find yourself at the regions clubhouse to sign-in, and then onto what might become the best morning of deer hunting ever experienced. A few miles later exiting the vehicle and the raspy croaking of dozens if not hundreds of rut crazed Fallow bucks fills your ears. Dawn begins peeling back the fog revealing herds of Fallow crisscrossing the landscape, croaking, fighting, and breeding. It is typical to start the morning from an elevated shooting house offering a bird’s eye view but proceed to spot & stalk tactics if the situation dictates. Take a break for lunch back at the lodge and unwind on the veranda over the small river or take a midday nap back in your room. Come mid-afternoon head back into the woods in pursuit of Fallow till after dusk. Be pleasantly greeted by an impressive spread once back and changed for dinner. Continue this pattern until your Fallow buck itch has been scratched.

With any extra time, turn your attention to the additional species if you wish, also hunted morning and evening and only payable upon successful harvest on a flat-rate fee. When its time to go, hunters are driven back to the airport by the outfitter or his staff. Should your flight be extremely early, there is an option to stay in a hotel in Timisoara next to the airport at no charge.

Landscape & Climate

Fallow deer are generally creatures of the lowlands, and as such, they are hunted in either open plains or forested settings. In addition to vineyards and rich agricultural land, shepherding safeguards much of the lowlands to sheep pasturing lands. Where these brushy pastures border on timber provides excellent Fallow habitat. The forests are generally managed, ranging from dense, young plantations, to primeval old-growth hardwoods. Locust, Walnut, Oak, and Beech trees are prevalent. The land is generally flat aside ravines from several slow-flowing rivers and overall is not necessarily a physical challenge.

The weather this time of year is pleasant. Rain isn’t typical, neither are high winds. Usually, dawn brings with it calm cool mornings. Any fog and mist hugging the plains burns off midmorning and the afternoons warm up. October is a lovely time to be in rural Romania. The weather is nice, and the fall harvest is in full swing. Enjoy scrounging for the abundant apples, grapes, plums, and walnuts as you hunt and tour the backroads of western Romania. 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

One of the high points of this trip is the food and lodgings. Stay in a beautiful old hotel set at the base of the western Carpathian foothills in the rural countryside near all the hunting areas. The structure was originally an old mill converted into a lovely rustic hotel complete private rooms and full ensuite bathrooms, antique furniture, wifi, quiet common areas, verandas, rose gardens…and a small river flowing through it all. What completes it, is a wonderful adjoining bar and restaurant. People travel from miles around to eat here, but as a hunter simply order 3 meals off the menu each day – all included in each package.

The food here is wholesome, locally sourced, traditional and delicious. Popular items are stone oven personal pizzas, chops, schnitzels, stews, soups, and the various sharing platters. Its an interesting but incredible lineup, lending its roots to blends of Austro-Hungarian, Turkish and Slavic ingredients. Local beer, wine, and plum brandy round out each meal nicely.

Key Equipment Suggestions

This hunt only requires basic equipment. A day pack, 10x binoculars, rangefinder, comfortable walking boots, rain gear, and a digital camera covers the essentials. Remember to bring a European double adapter to charge your electronics.

Pricing 

Fallow Rut Hunts: 4 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Fallow Deer – October – November = $4550

Fallow Chamois Combo: 6 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Fallow, x1 Chamois – October – November = $8000

Included

  • Round trip airport pick-up and drop-off services
  • Fluent English-speaking outfitter overseeing the hunt
  • All meals and accommodations during the hunt
  • All permits, licenses, and trophy fees for x1 Fallow Deer with no size restrictions
  • 1×1 professional guiding with experienced local stalkers
  • Rifle rental for the duration of the hunt & ammunition
  • All ground transportation while hunting
  • Basic trophy skull & hide preparations for the taxidermist

Not Included

  • Travel to the destination city of Timisoara, Romania (or Sibiu/Cluj Napoca for Chamois combo)
  • Any pre and post-hunt meals and accommodations
  • 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: $300/day
  • Non-hunting observer days: $200/day
  • Trophy fees for additional game species;
  • Additional Fallow Deer = $3,250 flat rate (OR sliding scale trophy fee option based on size)
    • Carpathian Chamois = (No size restrictions) = $3,250
    • European Roe Deer (No size Restrictions) = $750
    • European Wild Boar (No size Restrictions) = $750
    • Pheasant Hunting (1/2 day, x5 wild birds) = $300

Destination City

Hunters are asked to arrive at the Timisoara International Airport in Romania, where they will be greeted by the outfitter or his staff. The Fallow deer hunting areas are roughly 1-2 hour’s drive north and east of Timisoara. Chamois combo destination cities could include Sibiu or Cluj Napoca.

Travel Suggestions

Timisoara is easily reached by any Lufthansa airlines flight, with best connections typically occurring in either Munich or Frankfurt, Germany.  This is the same for Sibiu or Cluj Napoca (where hunters either begin or conclude their Chamois combos).

Airport Shuttles

Round trip airport shuttles between the hunting areas 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.

Josh – Romania Fallow Deer

Hunting in Europe was never really on my radar until getting to know Adrian.  After doing some research I decided I needed to experience the fabled plains of western Romania during the annual peak rut Fallow madness that occurs there.  As the sun came up on the first morning, I found myself surrounded by hundreds of rutting fallow bucks. Their croaking and fighting was defending and all around us.  My guide helped me judge these unique deer, and after passing on literally dozens of great bucks, we found a shooter.  Harvesting that bronze medal class Fallow was a highlight of my hunting career.  I spent the next few days in search of a giant thinking it may be difficult to top what I already had, but we found him a few mornings later.  My guide and I quickly worked our way down a ditch to intercept this huge Fallow before he moved off. I got set up just in time for this gold medal class fallow to offer a shot, and I connected!

My trip to Romania was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and it is all thanks to Adrian.  His passion for hunting and attention to detail is unmatched.  He was with me every step of the way, answering any questions I had, and set me up with a top-notch outfitting partner of his.  Adrian opened up a whole new world to me, and I can’t wait to plan more hunts in the future with him.