Why hunting in Romania? It's very simple...
Romania is one of the few countries in Europe where the habitat and game are unaltered by human civilization. Wolves, bear and lynx inhabit primeval forests; deer and wild boar complete the primitive landscape. In short, Romania is a place where wild animals roam free like they have for thousands of years.
When it comes to wild fowl, Romania's Danube delta region at the Black Sea forms a bountiful paradise of the traditional migratory and game species. Geese, woodcocks, ducks, quail, and many other migratory birds are found there in vast numbers.
For a truly memorable traditional hunting experience, book a hunting party in Romania...the experience will make a true hunter's heart race.
The Evaluation And Ratification Of Hunting Trophies
The Hunting Museum Of Posada
The Hunting Methods - Ethical Issues
Hunt for the Best Hunting Rifle
Rifle Scopes - Terms & Definitions
Authentic Swiss Army Knives - Don't Be Scammed
How to Start a Duck Decoy Collection
Field Dressing - So You Want to Field Dress a Deer
How to Be a Good Duck Hunter
Positioned in the south-east of Central Europe, Romania has a temperate continental climate and a varied relief, which is laid out concentrically and gradually passes from the high altitude of the Carpathian arch, to that of the hills, plateaus, plains and meadows, to the area of the lower flow of the Danube River and the Black Sea. The surface area of Romania's hunting stock is approximately 22.5 million hectares, of which forests make up 6.3 million hectares. In this true natural paradise characterized by a remarkable bio-diversity, over 20 species of mammals and 50 species of birds that are of interest to the hunt, make up numerically stable populations, with healthy specimens which are completely wild. Romania is the place in which the wealth of fauna, long hunting tradition and the picturesqueness of nature make each hunting party a memorable event.
by Alexandru Satmari Romania hunter's paradise
Alongside conventional hunting trophies horns, fangs, skulls and furs, which are evaluated by applying rigorous formulas and which enter competitions in national and international hunting exhibitions, hunting tradition also presents unconventional trophies, with a symbolic value. In this category we find the painter's feather from the wing of the woodcock, pearls (the canines from the upper jaw of red deer), the beard (in fact, the mane) and the bezoar of the black goat, the Hubertus cross of the red deer, the gastroliths of the blackcock, the penile bone from the Canidae, Ursidae, Mustelidae and Felidae families. Evaluation of conventional trophies among which we also find the horns of stags is done by applying certain criteria that have been rigorously conceived and unanimously accepted as evaluation formulas made up by the C.I.C. (The International Council for the Hunt and Preservation of Game). These elements for the quantification of the characteristics of game trophies are used in official evaluations and international ratification, to establish definitive points. According to these medals (gold, silver and bronze) and plaques, hierarchy catalogues are made and records are ratified.
by Alexandru Satmari Romania hunter's paradise
"The tradition of hunting represents a solid component of the Romanian material and spiritual civilization, its original and diverse forms of manifestation relying on the richness of the fauna characteristic for the area between the Carpathians, the Danube and the Black Sea.
By their participation in numerous international exhibitions of hunting trophies, the Romanian hunters have never ceased to evince their preoccupation with the correct administration of the populations of wild beasts and the conservation of the bio-diversity. The impressive number of medals and the recognition, several times in the past sixty years, of the quality of world record for the most representative species of big game in Europe confirm the special richness of the Romanian fauna. Thus, the celebrated Hesshelmer trophy obtained in the Fagaras Mountains has been holding the absolute record for chamois horns from 1937. Also, this country resumed its world supremacy in brown bear skull trophy in 1977. The opening of the Posada Hunting Museum of the Carpathians, in 1996, throws a bridge to the Romanian's hunting traditions. Mention should be made here of the fact that the first National Hunting Museum was created in 1931, in the Carol I Gardens of Bucharest. At that time it was the second cultural establishment of the kind in Europe. Unfortunately, after more than ten years the museum as well as its priceless collection, was destroyed by a fire. The Hunting Museum of Posada displays, in a most adequate arrangement, variegated hunting exhibits, including impressive collections of trophies, works of arts, specific hunting tools characteristic for several stages of human development. True galleries of art, the halls of the museum catch the visitor's eyes both thanks to the considerable number of exhibits and the distinct personality of each piece, from the ebony and ivory forest of roe deer and stag horns, to the comprehensive panoply of wild boar fangs or the harmonious, rich pearly quality and colour contrast of roebuck horns. From the category of predators stand out of the furs of wolf, lynx, bob cat and, above all, bear, giving an inkling of the number of these populations of wild animals. The art of hunting finds thus a formidable expression in the Hunting Museum of Posada that puts forth numerous assets of this occupation in Romania against a backdrop of genuine aesthetic and cultural emotion. "
by Gabriel Cheroiu Excerpt from Posada Hunting Museum Flyer
Hunting is one of the oldest human activities and over the centuries it was practiced in various methods.
When its sole purpose was ensuring the food, the hunting methods didn't matter.
But over the time, hunting became rather a sport or a leisure activity, and since the population of wild animals decreased the hunting methods became more important, becoming a legal but also an ethical issue.
The progress of firearms and hunting gear that are integrating more and more technology is giving fewer chances to the game. Reaching the game habitat became easier and this allows the hunter to become quicker and facilely close to the beasts. All these factors are making the hunting to be governed by rules and behaviors that depend on ethics. There are a multitude of rules, but one of the most important is recovering wounded or shot game. In Romania, the most popular and successful hunting methods are: for the individual hunting - still hunt, stalking, call-hunt and for the group is the beat. All these hunting methods are giving a chance to the game while the hunter has his chances to shoot without missing. Using hunting dogs is another ethical component in practical hunting. Only using a well trained hunting dog the game can be recovered efficiently and in due time.
by Petru Didi Antonovici june 2008
With the deer hunting season in full swing, the most important accessory for you is the hunting rifle. Finding a good hunting rifle is easier said than done. Whatever be the kind of deer you hunt , it is important to have the right gun for your hunting needs.
What is the definition of a good hunting rifle you will ask ? A good hunting rifle is one which is specifically made for hunting and can withstand years of rough use while hunting. Toughness is one factor that is of prime importance than a few others. That is why knowing what to look for in a rifle is important so that you can make an informed decision.
There are different kind of guns available for the type of hunting you do. If you do squirrels and grouse, you will need a different gun than if you went on a trip for deer or fox hunting. That said the first and foremost factor you should consider while buying the rifle is its weight. Most rifles have weight between 6 to 9 pounds. However, the best is the one which you can carry comfortably over long distances while on a hunting trip. You do not want that your arms are shaking when you take the aim for a deer.
Accuracy and range are two other factors that you need to consider while purchasing a hunting rifle. The heavier the gun the more accurate it will be, however, think twice before buying that as it means you will be carrying a heavy weight before even you can take a shot. Range is more important when you are hunting for deer or bear or fox as you cannot get closer to them while hunting. In case of hunting for smaller animals you may not need that much range as you can get closer to them while taking the aim.
Some other factors are important but not as important as the above ones. One of those factors is your experience as some guns require special expertise in operating them. The second factor is the length between the cheek and the stock which can affect your aim.
Do your research before you buy the best deer hunting rifle you need and best of luck for hunting.
When selecting a rifle scope, it's a good idea to be familiar with the terms listed below. Combining this knowledge with your preferences will help you select a rifle scope that you'll be satisfied with for years to come.
The numbers on a scope represent the power, or magnification, and the objective lens size. The first set of numbers represent the power of the scope. Some scopes have a variable magnification range, though. For example, a scope that is noted as 3 - 9x has the ability to change from 3 power up to 9 power.
Fixed magnification scopes have their magnification fixed at one power.
The last number noted on a scope represents the size of the objective lens in millimeters. For example, 3 - 9 x 50 represents a scope with variable 3 - 9 magnification and a 50 millimeter lens.
Larger objective lenses gather more light, resulting in a clearer view and better resolution. They do not increase magnification.
The exit pupil should be as large as the human eye under the same conditions. The pupil changes with change in the amount of light, making it large in low light and small in bright light. To compute the exit pupil size, divide the objective lens size by the magnification of the scope.
Field of View:
Field of view in rifle scopes is expressed as the width of the viewing area as seen at 100 yards. Lower magnification scopes will have a larger field of view.
Uncoated lenses will allow over 50% of the light to be reflected. Coated lenses will allow better light transmission (i.e., less light being reflected, more being absorbed), resulting in better clarity. A single coating on a lens means the scope is fully coated. The scope is considered multi-coated if additional lenses are coated. If all lenses are coated with more than one layer, the lenses are considered fully multi-coated.
Parallax is the distortion seen when viewing an object at a distance at which the scope is not sighted in for.
The windage adjustment alters the left to right movement of the scope.
The elevation adjustment alters the up and down movement of the scope.
A good set of rings and mounts are needed to secure any rifle scope. Loose or poor fitting rings will cause the point of impact to vary.
Being familiar with these terms will result in a more satisfied purchase and you will have a quality scope.
by Keith Grable
Wenger, the company that produces Genuine Swiss Army Knives was founded in 1893. In 1897 Karl Elsner first created the Original Victorinox Swiss Army knife. Since then the Swiss Army Knife collection from each of these companies has grown to include knives for everyday use, camping, multi-tools, specialty knives, executive gifts and more. The reputation for reliability and quality has grown along with number of knives available.
As with most successful products, imitators and copycats have arisen, producing cheap imitations of both brands of Swiss Army Knives, taking money from unsuspecting consumers and damaging the reputation enjoyed by the Swiss Army Knife. The "Swiss Army Knife" is constantly being copied but the original quality has never been equaled. Some of the foreign imitations have even include the Swiss cross. The application of the Swiss Cross was done to confuse the public and give the impression that they were dealing with a genuine Swiss Army knife product.
Do not be tricked into buying a counterfeit or cheap imitation Swiss Army Knife.
How can you avoid being tricked? Genuine and Original Swiss Army Knives are quality products, using quality craftsmanship and quality materials. First, look at the price. If someone is offering to sell you a new Swiss Army Knife for $10 when everyone else is selling the same model knife for $50, be suspicious.
To identify an Original Victorinox Swiss Army Knife look for the trademark cross and shield. The shield has 5 corners and the top of the shield has a small depression in the middle of the top of the shield, similar to the depression seen on many police and fire badges. The outline of the shield is white, the center of the shield is red and the cross is white. Look for Victorinox stamped on the blade.
To identify a Genuine Wenger Swiss Army Knife look for the trademark. It is an emblem in the shape of a square with rounded corners. The outline is white, the center of the shield is red and the cross is white. Check the blade to make sure it says - Wenger Delemont Switzerland Stainless.
Keep in mind, imitation, counterfeit and "just like" are not the same as "genuine" and "original". Counterfeiters are cheats and they very well may put a fraudulent emblem or an emblem that is close to the authentic emblem on their knife. If the price is "cheap" be cautious. If you want to get an idea of fair prices for Genuine or Original Swiss Army Knives visit: www.SwissArmyKnifeMall.com They only carry authentic Swiss Army Knives.
Kirk McCormick has over 20 years experience in law enforcement and has worked with tactical teams. He has spent years hunting, fishing and camping in the Pacific Northwest. For additional information or to contact him please visit: http://www.SwissArmyKnifeMall.com
Ever wonder how to start a duck decoy collection but don't know where to begin? Look no further, this article will explain the principles behind the hobby of collecting duck decoys, and to start your collection today!
The History behind Duck Decoys:
Native Americans used cattails, reeds, and other water plants to mask floating decoys to lure ducks in for the kill. Ducks were an important game bird for the first Americans. Indians set up their home camps around lakes, ponds, and rivers so they will have a duck hunting area nearby.
A duck decoy was a necessary aid in attracting birds in close enough range for bow hunting, to spear, or net. Archaeologists have found dozens of ancient duck decoys in caves that date back thousands of years.
Where to Purchase Duck Decoys:
Online websites offer a great place to start a duck decoy collection. They offer leisurely shopping with a wide variety and easy shipping options.
Auction websites are another good idea of where to buy duck decoys. You will find vintage duck decoys that are considered antique folk art. Hand crafted wooden duck decoys would add value to your collection.
Be on the Lookout for:
Check local game laws before using duck decoys to make certain they are legal in your state. A key to a successful duck decoy collection is to select decoys that depict the live ducks in the area that you are hunting. Ducks have keen eyesight, making it important your decoys be life like. Male ducks usually have more colorful feathers than the females.
Low water conditions and changing weather patterns have been blamed for dismal duck hunting seasons. Die-hard hunters who would never stoop to electronic decoys in the past are trying tech toys. These battery operated duck decoys create real movement, inviting the duck on in to your sight. You control the duck decoy with a remote control.
Some decoys have been outlawed as unsportsmanlike so be warned before you take yours on the water. With their realistic wings flapping, your duck decoy may be in danger of being shot at!
Legal in most states is the Wing Magic Decoy. You plant the wing magic model on a pole where you want to draw the wild ducks. A string is attached to the wings, that when pulled creates a flapping and splashing motion. Ducks fall for this right and left.
When the shooting starts, ducks get cautious of flying near land. The Wing Magic Decoy gives them a false sense of security seeing other ducks, and BAM!
Best of luck on the start of your duck decoy collection. The last words of John James Audubon were, "You go down the side of Long Pond, Billy. I'll go this side and we'll get the ducks!"
Field dressing a deer is some kind of job. You've got to have a very strong constitution for it. It's all blood and guts, after all. But you've decided to be a deer hunter, so you've got to be able to do it and do it well. Sure don't want to waste your catch by spoiling the meat. Prepare yourself. This is one experience you'll never forget.
You'll need a handful of tools for the field dressing procedure. At the minimal, you should have the following:
- very sharp knife that's comfortable in your hand
- disposable latex or vinyl gloves
- small saw for cutting through bone
- short light rope around 10 feet in length
- very clean cloth (several is better)
- sealable bag for the heart and liver (if you'd like to save them)
Now you're ready. Okay. You've gone and caught a deer. It's time to get busy.
There are two very important rules to keep in mind at all times. One: Don't rush. You're working with a very sharp knife. Two: Don't take your eyes off of your work when your hands are moving. Cutting your hands will slow you way down for they're the ones doing the work. If you do get a cut, seal it well to protect yourself from the deer's blood. You don't know what it may be carrying.
First thing is to ready your work area. Move the deer to a visible location, especially visible to other hunters in the area. Place a bright orange cloth (or something as noticeable) high overhead on a tree branch. Lay your tools out by the carcass at a safe, reachable distance, preferably in the order you'll be using them. Remove heavy coats and wrist units. Tie back whatever may block your view, or fall into your work space.
Be in the right frame of mind. Don't go handling a very sharp knife if you're tired, upset or distracted. Even if you are just overly cold or have numbing fingers. Most important, don't use a dull knife. It'll overwork you, frustrate and upset you. This promotes accidental injuries or stray cuts that could spoil the meat. Safety must come first.
The straight cut. Place the carcass with its back on the ground, head facing up and higher than the rest of the body. With your gloves on, your first cut will be an incision just below the breastbone (sternum) with the knife's edge facing up. Insert your index and middle finger, facing up and through the cut. Form a "V" and push the hide upwards. Position your up-facing knife between your fingers. This will help prevent cutting of internal organs which would result in tainting the meat. Following the direction of the hair, continue your incision, with knife between fingers, all the way to the penis of a buck or to the udder of a doe.
First removal stage. Make a 2 inch deep incision around the rectum, cutting in a circular motion as you move around it. If fecal matter is present, tie off the rectum. Pull it into the body cavity so that it is now only attached to the intestines.
- For a buck, remove the testicles. Reach into the body cavity and remove the
penis at its base.
- For a doe, cut all the way around the udder and remove it.
Second removal stage. While it isn't necessary, it is recommended that you split the sternum and the pelvic bone in half with a saw. It will facilitate cooling of the carcass and make it so much easier to remove the internal organs. Locate the bladder as a pear-shaped sac in the lower abdomen. Pinch or tie it off and cut it free, taking special care not to leak any urine that may be present (use your cloth). Place the bladder a safe distance away from your work space. If necessary, use the extra clothes to clean away any leaks coming from the internal organs before and after they are removed. Keep an eye out for dirt or debris that might've entered the body cavity and remove it.
Roll the carcass to one side. Most of the internal organs will come loose at this point. Cut away all connective tissue still holding any organs and intestines in place. If necessary, roll the carcass to the opposite side and cut what tissue still clings. Roll it back over. Be sure that the body has drained of all fluids before proceeding.
Remove the diaphragm to have access to the chest cavity. This is a strong membranous muscle that separates the chest cavity, with heart and lungs, from the abdominal cavity. Reach up as far as you can to remove as much of the windpipe as you're able. Now remove the remaining organs, heart, lungs and liver. Use the sealable bag to save the heart and liver, if you like. And you're done.
Please, properly dispose of all organs that were removed, including any and all body parts. Use the rope to drag the deer out of the field. This is most popularly done by the feet and not the head.
There you have it. A fast and straight forward procedure for properly field dressing a deer. Be careful out there. Be safe. And good luck!
By Len Q. July 2008
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Quail hunting is not a pastime that normally attracts a lot of attention, although it has a popular following in many parts of America and Europe. Also known as one part of upland hunting, quail hunting involves the use of shotguns to bring down the bird.
Quails are normally medium sized birds from the same family as pheasants, and are prized by hunters. In a typical situation dogs are used, either to make the birds leave their heavy cover, or to retrieve birds that have been hit by pellets. Quail hunting will therefore involve an open space, alongside the heavy cover. It is the open area that hunters will stand waiting for the quails to try and make their escape.
There are a number of states that actually get a large financial boost from quail hunting, states like South Dakota, as well as many rural areas of the United Kingdom. All of this though generally goes unnoticed, and unpublicized.
The sport hit the headlines in 2006 when Dick Cheney, the U.S. Vice-President shot a Texas attorney when they were both out hunting quail. In February 2006, Cheney and Harry Whittington were at a ranch in Texas in order to take part in some hunting. A period of upland hunting has already taken place as the day made its way into the evening. The group of hunters was looking for a bird that had been downed already. As the search was being undertaken, another bird flew from cover, and Cheney took a shot. Whittington was hit by a couple of hundred pellets from the shot.
There are many rules that should be followed during organized quail hunting, not least of which that it is always the shooter's responsibility to ensure that it is safe to shoot. Other rules, like no alcohol during the shoot and the wearing of orange safety gear, are also normally strictly followed. The most important rule, however, is to make sure that it is safe before shooting. In the Cheney incident this obviously wasn't followed.
Quail hunting may not be to everyone's liking, but it is a popular hobby for many people. This popularity is especially widespread in America although there are strong hunting areas in the United Kingdom and other areas of Europe as well. Although in these latter two areas the anti-hunting lobby has had an impact in the number of people taking part in the hunt.
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A good duck hunter knows, or rather, understands the duck. Only then can he manipulate the duck to capture it. You see, ducks have excellent color vision, contrary to the popular idea that they are color blind. They can also survey a wide visual area at one glance. This is due to the wide set eyes on either side of the head that allows the duck to detect predators. The area best to blind to a duck will probably be the region just behind its head. It is not easy to hunt a duck, as its morphology is suited to supreme vision and its natural learning capacity to work against hunters and other predators. Hence understanding a duck and its features helps the hunter take better decisions in duck hunting.
Choosing the perfect hunting location is as important as knowing the duck. The perfect location ensures a good flock size and also a successful hunt. The perfect locations are those that offer food, water, and seclusion to the ducks. The area should be calm and relaxing, assuring the ducks of a safe place to rest. Finding such an area would be a real treat for any duck hunter.
Ducks love swimming, and potential bodies of water you may find them in are drainage ditches, reservoirs, ponds, marshes, creeks, flooded plains or regions of high waterfall etc. A good idea is to ask locals of the different areas frequented by ducks. It is advised to search for new and unique locations that ducks frequent. This location might not be the same as the last season, and may require a bit of intensive research on foot. Aerials images can also be relied upon for identifying water bodies. Adventurous hunters can use a GPS system to locate water bodies.
It is also necessary to understand the flight pattern timings, flock size, and feeding of the ducks. Flight patterns include the exact location of migration, and also other locations where a few ducks decide to inhabit for a few days. Weather also plays a major role on the success of a hunt. An intelligent hunter will always watch the flight of ducks a few days before hunting. From the flight, one can notice the direction of bird movement, indicating a possibility of water in a particular direction.
Different flocks have different time intervals, so when observing, time of arrival etc should also be considered. This allows proper planning of the duck hunt. Making a good duck call is also necessary to lure birds. A duck's call mimics the sounds that ducks produce in the wild. There are various devices and methods that can produce a duck call, all of them producing the similar results. Making duck calls with friends would create an illusion that there are multiple ducks in the area and be more inclined to approach if they feel safe. But, making too many duck calls not only makes the area seems chaotic, but also drives away the birds. Thus a number of factors have to be considered before going on a hunting expedition to get successful results.