Why Czech Republic
Good populations of roe deer, red deer, fallow deer, and wild boar, and exceptionally large mouflon
Scientific game management and careful stewardship have kept the game populations healthy and thriving—and the Czech Republic is the go-to destination for large mouflon in Europe
Experience the rich, historic hunting traditions of central Europe
With an abundance of castles and chateaux, many of them filled with magnificent hunting tapestries and stag trophies, the past is always close at hand in the Czech Republic
The city of Prague is a wonderful pre- or post-hunt destination
With its medieval Gothic architecture, vibrant urban center, and of course, Pilsner beer, Prague is well worth spending a few extra days after your hunt to explore
Czech Republic on map
About hunting in Czech Republic
Hunting has a long and rich tradition in the lands that are now part of the Czech Republic. At least as far back as the 11th century, nobles rode out in groups to hunt deer and wild boar, and special hunting castles were built to accommodate the hunters, and gamekeepers were employed and trained on most landholdings. To this day, the Czech Republic holds excellent populations of alpine chamois, red deer, fallow deer, roe deer, mouflon, and wild boars. The country is especially known for mouflon, which grow to impressive size here. Introduced from Corsica by Count Forgach in 1868, mouflon have thrived in the high hills of the Czech Republic ever since, and seven out of ten of the largest mouflon heads in the world have been taken have been taken in this region. The countryside features large forested areas and broad, sparsely populated agricultural lands, and there are numerous hunting lodges and hotels to cater to the traveling hunter. Hunt prices here remain relatively modest despite the high quality of the experience.
What you need to know
1. Planning your trip
2. Upon arrival
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
The Czech Republic is part of the Schengen agreement, so citizens of most EU countries, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States, do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days. You’ll want to plan ahead and work with your outfitter to supply details of any firearms and ammunition you are bringing so the temporary import permit can be prepared ahead of time.
Upon arrival in Prague, hunters must declare their guns and show the temporary import permit, which the outfitter should have arranged in advance. It should include the hunter’s name, passport number, and details of the gun(s), including caliber and serial number. The hunter will also be required to show a valid hunting license from his or her home country, as well as a gun permit or U.S. Customs 4457 form.
The Czech Republic still has large forested areas and sparsely populated rural farming areas, so wildlife is abundant. Hunting methods vary, depending on species and location, and you may use more than one method during any hunt so it may be necessary to have clothing appropriate for both walking and standing. Both spot-and-stalk and hunting from a stand are widely practiced. Driven hunts are common for species such as wild boar; if you will be taking part in a driven hunt, fast-handling rifles with low-power scopes are generally recommended. As with most European hunts, dark green or tan clothing is usually worn, and always be prepared for chilly temperatures, especially at higher elevations.
After the hunt
Upon request, the outfitter should be able to arrange most documents required for trophy export, and in many cases the cleaned and dried horns and skins can be taken home immediately by the hunter.
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