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Wolf Hunting, Romania

Hunting Season: :  15th September – 31st March (we recommend 3rd January – 3rd of March as the best time to secure a wolf)

Historically the Wolf is the animal with the biggest distribution around the planet, ranging throughout the Northern Hemisphere and large parts of the Southern. Due to his extremely efficient hunting ability he was seen as a threat to livestock and humans alike, and since the Middle Ages has been consistently persecuted to bring his numbers down to manageable levels. In Some European countries and across many parts of the USA the wolf has been driven to extinction. In the 21st Century however, wolf numbers are back on the rise, and there are now some countries in Europe where he is able to be legally hunted with some success.
In Romania the population has increased from only 1500 in the 1970’s to in excess of 4000 today. The current amount of wolves in certain areas of the country is currently thought to be too high. Despite being a protected species on a national level there are certain locations in the country where controlled hunting is in fact necessary to maintain a healthy balance in the ecosystem. We have access to such areas in Romania, and although still a very tough hunt with luck playing its hand as much as skill, a wolf can be conducted with success out of Romania.
Marco Polo Argali
 Admired for his intelligence and skills in hunting, the wolf is also feared throughout due to his ferocity. The wolf is an incredibly hard and wary quarry to tackle. Living in packs that will hold a territory of up to 100km not only are they incredibly difficult to find, but are also notoriously hard to gain the upper edge on even if found. There are 3 main methods that we adopt to hunt wolves, and none of them being totally reliable: Success in Wolf hunting relies largely on luck.
Waiting on Bait.
This can be a rewarding method, but requires a lot of patience. Hunters will set up camp in a small hut, no more than 3m square, fitted with a window, a bench and a bed. The hut will be camouflaged with the natural surroundings and bait will be staked down 20-30m from the entrance of the window. The best time is during a full moon when enough light is still presented allowing the hunter to wait throughout the night into the early hours.

For best results the hunt organiser should try to locate the exact part of the forest that the wolves are resting. This can be done during the winter by tracking their prints in the snow, or in autumn when they give away their location with their howl.  It is also necessary to account for the wind direction; a wolf will not flush toward the scent of humans. Other issues to consider in the organisation of a wolf drive, is not to make too much noise. If the wolves are not in that particular patch and another drive is required we do not want to make them aware of our presence. Each drive will last for 2-3 hours as the beaters walk in areas up to 3km long.

On occasion a wolf can be secured by calling them in. Very experienced guides will be able to mimic the howl of the wolf and call them toward to hunter. Again luck plays it role in this method, in that the first task is to locate the wolf!
The best time of year for this is in the autumn when the wolves are beginning to form their packs, and during the breeding season. At both these times wolves are a lot more vocal and inquisitive and can be located and called with more success.
Despite the hard challenges of Wolf hunting anywhere in the world, Romania is a good country to secure a trophy. In 1997 it broke its own world record with a fur of 187 CIC points, and is only just off the world record for skull with 45.3 CIC points.  
Due to the hard nature of securing a Wolf trophy we would recommend combining it with other animals so that at least some trophies should be secured.
There is also an option to harvest Wild Boar, Roe deer, Carpathian Chamois, Fallow deer & Carpathian Stag.

For information on hunting Wolf in Europe, contact Real Big 5 on
+44 7977150104
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