Romania: Roe Deer

4 Hunting Days
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The fertile Romanian heartland grows not only crops but also copious large Roe bucks. Experience this culturally rich, action-packed, flat-rate, free-range hunting adventure, in a beautiful, ancient corner of the world.

TRIP DURATION  4 Hunting days, fully guided.
PHYSICAL LEVEL Easy
PRIME TIME Early season May-June. Rut occurs in August. Season open till mid-October
WILDLIFE STATUS Wild, Free-ranging & Indigenous

Package Highlights

There is something mystical and exhilarating about cruising the Romanian backroads. Steeped in both folklore and legends, Transylvania province is certainly a destination to check off your bucket list. This fertile, wildlife-rich region backs up to the Carpathian foothills and is home to a number of species. Red Stag, Fallow Deer, and Wild boar to name a few, but in this case Roe deer. Big ones. And lots of them!

These inexpensive, all-inclusive packages pool all the perks together. The hunting is sensational, and we have developed custom, flat-rate trophy fees. Enjoy NO size restrictions for a species like Roe deer, which are usually only available by a hefty sliding scale rate elsewhere. A friendly, English speaking outfitter oversees each party personally, with airport to airport catered service. The lodge is beautiful, rich in character, and comes with all amenities. The attached restaurant offers mouthwatering local meals complete with traditional flare and flavors. All permits, fees, licensing, firearm rentals, ammunition, and personal 1×1 guiding comes standard. The only measurable curse with Romania is that once you’ve experienced it, it calls you back again and again!

With four full days, it’s not uncommon to harvest three beautiful mature Roe deer. In fact, most hunts are booked as a three-deer package. Experience a traditional and classic spot & stalk hunt in its purest form. While the high volume, action-packed Roe deer hunting is challenging and rewarding enough on its own, there is always an opportunity to combine with bonus species while hunting in Romania! Big Wild Boar at dawn and dusk is a very real possibility while Roe Deer hunting. Or consider focusing on Carpathian Chamois or Red stag in September, placing Roe deer as the additional bonus species. So many options, and hard to go wrong with any of them.

With so many perks already included in one package, the affordability and incredible value only compliment things further. Sightseeing or tourism is a must before or after the hunt itself, with so many interesting things to see or do in Romania. What tops it all off, however (in addition to excellent trophy quality, success rates, pricing, culture and ease of logistics), is our hospitable outfitter, overseeing each hunt, tying this hassle-free, airport-to-airport experience together.

Typical Day & Tactics

The adventure begins in Timisoara, Romania. Our friendly, English-speaking outfitter or his staff greet every hunter at the airport.  Pass through the ancient and beautiful gothic provincial city of Arad arriving to the lovely accommodations. Should hunters arrive early enough in the day, it’s always possible to head to the field that evening. Otherwise unpack, settle in, enjoy dinner and meet at the breakfast bar very early the following morning.

While Roe deer are widespread, strongest populations and best trophy quality exists in the fertile crop fields and woodlots in agricultural regions. Start the day at dawn covering likely areas on foot or vehicle assisted looking for Roe deer out in the open. Once spotted, meticulously inspect them with quality optics withing 200 yards say, to confidently judge and evaluate these handsome deer. The objective is always to connect with mature bucks, sporting desirable heaving beading, overlapping bases and antler mass.  While medal class trophies are always sought after – comparable to B&C class whitetails, it is not always easy! While plentiful, Roe Deer are similarly cagey, cautious, and make for a worthy challenge afield.

Most hunts employ spot & stalk tactics.  A Roe buck maintains a small core range, say about one square kilometer, and in the rut, they are very susceptible to calling. With this, some scenarios call for ambush from an elevated high seat. Waiting on, or calling to a specific pre-scouted buck, again much like Whitetail hunting. And so, hunt the first few hours of the morning, spotting, judging, and inventorying as many bucks as possible. The days are long this time of year, so come mid to late-morning, head back to the lodge for a delicious local brunch, recount the highlights, make an afternoon game plan, and enjoy a nap.

Resume looking for Roe deer within minutes of leaving the lodge in the early afternoon, rechecking traditional haunts, and other likely areas. Once a shooter buck is located the energy totally changes. Confirm the buck and devise a game plan to get within shooting range. Usually, all that’s needed is a slow, methodical, strategic stalk, lining up some cover with the wind in your favor. Most shots are within 150 meters, and due to crops or taller grass, are often taken off shooting sticks. Continue hunting each day until dusk. After a shot of local moonshine celebrating the day, head back to the lodge for a hearty dinner.

This is an exciting hunt in a target-rich environment. Most hunters take three or more bucks in a 4-day hunt, always looking for something bigger or different for their next buck. The learning curve of judging and ground-truthing deer without breaking the bank is what makes this hunt so popular. As with local customs, a successful hunt includes a quick traditional ceremony honoring the animal.

As far as options, keep an eye out for Wild Boar as they grow huge in Romania and are very plentiful, also available flat rate. Or consider a September Red Stag or Carpathian Chamois hunt with combines well with Roe Deer as a secondary species. Or should the focus be Fallow deer in October, Roe deer season remains open until the middle of the month as a bonus.

Upon concluding the hunt, clients are shuttled back to the airport by the outfitter or his staff. Should flights be extremely early, there is an option to stay in a hotel in Timisoara next to the airport at no charge. Should hunters wish to plan some sightseeing or tourism before or after the hunt, our outfitters can also assist with those logistics and planning.

Landscape & Climate

Roe Deer do not require extensive cover to feel safe, and so they do well in a wide variety of environments. Alpine mountains, foothills, dense forests, and farm country all hold Roe Deer. Again, like Whitetails, they thrive along “edge” habitat, with some of the best concentrations of deer occurring where rich agriculture meets the hardwood forests of the western Carpathian foothills. Mixed high-density crops such as corn, cereals, various vegetables, canola, sunflowers, or pastures are connected by brushy fence lines, irrigation ditches, or streams. These meander through woodlots which ultimately back up to unfragmented foothill forests. The terrain is generally quite flat or gentry rolling until reaching said foothills.  Locust, Walnut, Oak, and Beech trees are typical. Hunters are sure to encounter iconic European non-target species such as hares, pheasants, hedgehogs, foxes, ferrets, and badgers, who also call the region home.

Being on a different schedule than other deer in the northern hemisphere, prime Roe deer hunting windows include May into early June (considered the early season), as well the rut, which occurs in late July and into August. And while Roe Deer season is technically open from May to Oct, the crops or grass are simply too tall mid-summer. The rut however coincides with early harvest, at which point various crop fields have been cut and visibility is partially restored. May to August can be warm throughout the day, and expect some mosquitoes in the forest at dusk. Rain is not prevalent but always smart to plan for it.

Meals & Accommodations

 

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Pricing 

Flat Rate Trophy Roe Deer Hunts: 4 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Roe Deer – May-Oct = $1800

Additional Trophy Roe Deer: No Size Restrictions = $750 each

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, licensing, and trophy fees for Roe 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
  • Bonus European skull cleaning & hide preparations for the taxidermist
  • Delivery of trophies to the taxidermist/shipping agent

Not Included 

  • Travel to the destination city of Timisoara, Romania
  • Any pre and post-hunt meals or 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/hunt costs for additional game species;

  • Roe Deer (No size Restrictions) = $750
  • Wild Boar (No size Restrictions) = $750
  • Red Stag Hunts (No size Restrictions) – September = $7750
  • Carpathian Chamois Hunt (No size Restrictions) – September/October = $4450
  • Fallow Deer Hunts (No size Restrictions) – October = $4450

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 Roe deer hunting areas are roughly 1-2 hour’s drive north and east of the airport.

Travel Suggestions

Timisoara is easily reached by any Lufthansa airline flight, with the best connections typically occurring in either Munich or Frankfurt, Germany.

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.

Nick – California, USA

If you are looking for a great hunt and a cultural experience, try Romania.  The lodge was quaint and in a lovely rural setting.  The food was delicious.  I enjoyed Borscht soup for the first time! Each day I was picked up at the lodge and we hunted nearby agricultural areas.  I am sure I saw 200 plus Roe deer each day and was able to pick and choose the one I wanted. The price is relatively inexpensive, so I ended up taking 6 beautiful Roe bucks.  The trophy quality was excellent!  As a bonus, I experienced Wild boar hunting at night at the base of the Carpathian Mountains. Very exciting to sit in a stand and have these giant Wild boars come in literally directly under the stand! They provided optics that allowed for vision at night.  I took two boars that were each over 350 lbs.  Sadly, I wounded and lost a boar that went over 500 pounds!

While in Romania I went to Dracula’s castle and toured the Carpathian Mountains for a proper Transylvanian experience.  I would strongly recommend this hunt.  I am happy to provide more details if contacted.  Great trip!!