DUE TO RECENT CHANGES IN GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION
BROWN BEAR MAY NOT BE HUNTED IN ROMANIA FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE
Romania is located at the intersection of Central and South Eastern Europe, bordering on the Black Sea. It is the largest country in South Eastern Europe its terrain is distributed roughly equally between mountainous, hilly and lowland territories. The Carpathian Mountains dominate the centre of Romania, with 14 Mountain ranges reaching above 2,000 m/ 6,600 ft. with its Alpine meadows and peaks and ancient pine forests there is plenty of suitable ground to keep the hunter amused! The country’s geographical diversity has led to an accompanying diversity of flora and fauna.
The Country is one of Europe’s finest hunting destinations. During the 15th Century, hunting reserves were established by the nobility, where the game was monitored and managed, by the 19th Century Romania had become a popular hunting destination, namely for the Carpathian Chamois who was revered as being the largest in the world. Despite the trials of War and Communism during the 20th Century, Romania still has one of the largest areas of undisturbed forest in Europe and is still home to a rich flora and fauna and the country hosts 60% of Europe’s Brown bear population and 40% of its wolves, it has held the World Record Chamois since 1937, secured by Frederick Selous.
Hunters can expect a climate that is temperate and continental, with four distinct seasons. The average temperature is 16 - 45 °C in the summer, and up to -15 in the mountains in the winter.
The Brown Bear is the biggest mammal in Europe, and Romania houses the densest population of bear on the continent. Outside of Russia, 50% of Europe’s Brown Bear population, live in the Carpathian Mountains and its foothills. This makes Romania the best destination for bear hunting in Central Europe. 200-300 Government permits are issued annually to cull the population of the older males.
The biggest brown Bear shot in Romania was in 1985 measuring a staggering 687.79 CIC points. The only larger bear ever shot was one in Russia who came in at 693 CIC points.
Romania truly is one of the best European destinations for the serious Bear shot.