Many people think of the USA when they are thinking of going on a hunting adventure holiday, but did you know that Big-game huntingis very popular in Europe as well? From roe deer to wild duck, Europe has it all. Read on to learn more about hunting in Europe.
Finding the right equipment
Once you’ve decided which animal you want to hunt and which European destination is best for that specific species, you’ll need to make a list of equipment to take with you.
Along with clothing, footwear, backpack and camping equipment, you will need to consider the appropriate guns, good sharp knives and excellent binoculars. All these items vary in quality and purpose so it’s a good idea to do some research on equipment before going ahead and spending a lot of cash.
One of the most important items to consider is a good quality rangefinder, which is essentially the piece of equipment which you will need to calculate the distance between you and your prey.
Deer are the most popular hunting game in Europe and there are several different species which you may encounter. Roebuck deer usually build their habitat in farmland mixed with leafy surroundings, while Red deer live mostly in pine forests. Sika Dybowski deer are native to Czech and Slovakia and are often said to be the most difficult deer to hunt due to their wariness and cleverness.
Are you a beginner?
If you’re a beginner, it may be a good idea to start with an accredited introduction to stalking day course. This will answer many questions such as the best time of year to shoot deer and what training is available before being accompanied on your first hunt.
Next, you will need to apply for a firearms license. This process can take a long time, so ensure you start completing the forms in plenty of time before you want to take your adventure holiday. This is absolutely essential as it is illegal to own a gun without one.
Before you take the plunge and book a hunting holiday, why not try your hand at hunting on a smaller scale in your own country? Even a squirrel hunt will enable you to pick up tips and can be a lot of fun. You want to make sure that hunting is for you before buying expensive equipment. Start slow, buy the essentials, then build these up if you find that hunting is something you enjoy – although if you’re reading this article it seems that it will be.