Steeped in folklore, the Carpathian foothills of Transylvania may offer some of the finest and traditionally rich Wild Boar hunting experiences in an ancient corner of the world.
||4 professionally guided 1×1 hunting days
||Prime season spans from November into May
||Wild, Free-ranging & Indigenous
There is nothing quite like stalking the primeval forests of Transylvania. Gnarled trees, low rolling mist, bats tolling overhead, home to myths, legends and packs of giant Wild Boars! This exciting and affordable adventure occurs in an ancient corner of the world, forged from centuries of culture and heritage surrounding the pursuit of the big elusive Wild Boars. This is an excellent option for groups, and several options can be custom tailored to meet everyone’s needs. Wild boar seasons are open nearly year-round and can combine well with certain species like Pheasants or Roe Deer.
Our trophy boar hunts focus on quality over quantity for someone seeking some of the Carpathians largest specimens which can weigh in at 500-600+ lbs. These hunts are partially conducted over bait, at least until for some time after dark, at which point thermal or NVG stalking tactics come into play with seasoned, local trophy boar hunting guides. They take it very seriously. Terrain ranges from fertile brushy field edges, but more often steep ravines in the Carpathian foothills. Packages come with x1 Wild boar with no size restrictions, but a second or third can be added for a small trophy fee upon success. For those interested, November into January is primetime to consider upgrading trophy Boar hunts to a Pheasant combo. Each hunter can take x10 wild roosters per day, with guns, dogs and beaters provided. The hunting is excellent while being the real deal for completely wild birds. Fallow deer can be added in early November, and a final option are early spring Roe deer combos occur late April into early May.
Driven Boar hunts are certainly exciting, and there are no limits on Wild Boars on these hunts. Wait from elevated high-seats as dogs and beaters push the hills to drive boar and other game in front of strategically positioned hunters. The action can be furious and the moving targets provide challenging but rewarding shooting experiences. Its best to come as a group, usually requiring 6-12 hunters for an exclusive driven party. Otherwise smaller parties would join existing driven hunt groups, and would be subject to their dates. November into January is primetime, coinciding nicely with pheasants for those hunters interested in combining the two.
What tops it all off however (in additional 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. Pass through the ancient and beautiful gothic provincial city of Arad arriving to your accommodations, which are lovely. If you arrive early enough in the day you may head out in the field that evening however, otherwise settle in, have dinner and plan to meet at the breakfast bar in the wee hours of the morning. The plan for each day depends on our hunter preferences. Trophy boar hunts are usually conducted in the evenings and into the night. In this case mornings and middays can be relaxed, unless there are plans to hunt pheasants on late fall/early winter hunts, or pursue trophy Roe deer on late spring hunts. These are great options for the mornings as the wild boars are largely nocturnal. Boar hunts start in the evening over bait, and if a shooter does not present himself the guides normally stalk the hills aided by night vison or thermal equipment. Rifles are often rigged with spotlights for the moment of truth. It’s certainly an experience and the rewards can be huge! Pheasants are hunted with various pointer breeds, blockers and beaters covering strategic strips of crops or cover which concentrates wild pheasants during this time of year. Fallow or Chamois combos are options to trophy boar hunts in early November, and Roe Deer in early May.
Driven hunts however are an all-day affair. Hunters usually leave the lodge in the morning, only returning after dark with a nice midday lunch break in the field. Here big groups of hounds and beaters drive the hills to push large groups of Wild Boar during daylight, channeling them past hunters waiting in high-seats from carefully selected locations for fast action shooting with no limits! After a closing ceremony from each day’s hunt, head back to the lodge for a hearty dinner. When it’s time to head home, hunters are shuttled 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
Wild boar require thick cover to feel safe and decent on crop fields at night if seasonal natural foods like grubs, apples and walnuts are unavailable. They can inhabit a variety of environments ranging from farm country to alpine mountains, but some of the best concentrations are where rich agriculture meets the dense forests of the foothills. Locust, Walnut, Oak and Beech trees are prevalent. The farmland is generally flat while the foothills can offer some steep forested slopes and ravines.
It’s a long season and weather varies depending on the month. Late fall and early winter has the leaves down, and light snow and accumulation would not be uncommon come December. Rain isn’t typical unless its unseasonably warm. Temperatures hover around the freezing mark. Slightly below at dawn often warming up throughout the day. Mid-winter hunts from January into March hunts are generally seems temperatures below freezing and accumulations of snow are typical. April to May seems warmer and greener conditions generally above the freezing mark as spring progresses. . 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 highpoints of this trip are the food and lodgings. Stay in a beautiful old hotel set at the base of the western Carpathian foothills in the rural country side 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. 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 line up, lending its roots to blends of Austro-Hungarian, Turkish and Slavic ingredients. Local beer, wine and plum brandy rounds out each meal nicely.
Key Equipment Suggestions
This hunt only requires basic equipment. A good layered clothing system, day pack, 10x binoculars, rangefinder, comfortable walking boots, rain gear and a digital camera covers the essentials. Any night vision or thermal equipment could be extremely handy for trophy hunts. Remember to bring a European double adapter to charge your electronics. Hunter orange can be required for driven or pheasant hunts.
Trophy Wild Boar Hunts: 4 full days – 1×1 guided – x1 Wild Boar – November – May = $2350
Driven Wild Boar Hunts: 4 full days – 1×1 guided – Wild Boar (no limit) – November – January = $2850
Boar & Pheasant Combo: 4 full days – 1×1 guided –Wild Boar/Pheasants x10/day – November – January = $3350
- 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 x1 Wild Boar with no size restrictions (Trophy hunts)
- All permits, licensing, and trophy fees for Wild Boar (no limit) (Driven hunts)
- All permits, licenses, and trophy fees for x10 Wild Pheasants/hunter/day (Pheasant Combo)
- 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
- Travel to the destination city of Timisoara, Romania
- Any pre and post hunt meals and accommodations
- Trophy fees for any additional game animals harvested (if applicable)
- Gratuities to guides and staff
- Taxidermy and trophy export
- Personal side ventures or tourism
- purchases of a personal nature, alcohol, souvenirs etc.
- Extra hunting days: $300/day
- Non-hunting observer days: $200/day
- Trophy fees for additional game species;
- Trophy Wild Boar (No size Restrictions) = $750 (November-May)
- Fallow Deer = $3250 flat rate OR sliding scale trophy fee option based on size (November)
- Carpathian Chamois = $3250 flat rate OR sliding scale trophy fee option based on size (November)
- Roe Deer (No size Restrictions) = $750 (May)
- Pheasant Hunting (1/2 day, x5 wild birds) = $300
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.
Timisoara is easily reached by any Lufthansa airlines flight, with best connections typically occurring in either Munich or Frankfurt, Germany.
Round trip airport shuttles between the hunting areas are available and already included with every package
Passport required for all international travel. Visa’s or Immunizations may be required for certain destinations.