Monday, 16 January 2023

Croatian Hunting Tourism Making Post-Pandemic Return, With Higher Costs

January the 16th, 2023 - Croatian hunting tourism, while controversial for a great many and with good reason, is making a post-pandemic return much like other forms of tourism have, but like just about everything else - the costs are higher than they were before.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Croatian hunting tourism is slowly recovering after the global coronavirus pandemic. Traditional guests for this form of tourism, primarily the Italians, have returned to the Istrian forests and other hunting grounds and are now coming to hunt snipe, a form of bird. They aren't yet arriving in particularly large numbers, but in this winter season, when tourism is scarce, every single euro earned is a good thing, reports HRT.

Valerio and Moreno know the terrain around Sisan in Istria well, and they have been coming here to hunt for more than 20 years now.

"I come here to do what I love doing the most - snipe hunting. There are snipe here, the hunting grounds are good, and it's also suitable for working with younger dogs,'' emphasised Valerio Piazol, a keen hunter from Italy.

In order to be allowed to hunt in this country, foreigners must pay a registration fee to the local hunting society, hire a local hunting companion, but first of all buy a pass from the Croatian Hunting Association. With the beginning of this hunting year, there are changes when it comes to costs, just as there is with everything else.

"The price of the annual hunting license has increased from 66 to 300 euros. That's an increase of 350%. I think it's excessive," said Moreno Vaciloto, another hunter from Italy. In addition to the increase in the price of hunting licenses, the arrival of the hunters themselves is also being affected by this unusually mild winter.

"For example, foreigners come here to hunt snipe. A winter like this has a very negative effect on the migration of birds, particularly snipe, because they aren't like swallows that migrate for six months and then come back to nest there. Snipe simply move along when there's no food," exolained Augusto Dobrani, a hunter in Sisan.

While the Croatian hunting tourism picture is indeed gradually recovering in the post-pandemic, inflation-dominated world, there is less game, and as such there are less hunters. Last year, there were about 1,200 foreign hunters hunting on the Istrian Peninsula and before the pandemic, there were very many more.

"The fact is that more than 1,800 hunting passes were issued annually through the Hunting Association of Istria County, out of a total of 7,8,9 thousand hunting passes that were issued on the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia," said Gracijano Prekalj, president of the Hunting Association of Istria County.

Aside from paying for their ability to hunt on Croatian territory, those hunters who come fill up accommodation facilities and visit local restaurants.

"They're good, they have money and they are good consumers. They eat a little game, but they like to eat good fish,'' stated Dusan Cernjul, an Istrian restaurant owner.

Income from Croatian hunting tourism is not negligible despite the current difficulties it is facing, and it is estimated that foreign hunters in Istria alone spend around 2 million euros annually.

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Zagreb Wild Boars Attack Dog, Hunters Agree to Meeting

June the 23rd, 2022 - It might not really be what one would really expect in a bustling capital city, but Zagreb wild boars which live in the surrounding hills have been getting closer and closer to the centre, and have now attacked a dog.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a reader of Index sent a disturbing video of a dog who had been sadly attacked by Zagreb wild boars and warned that the feral pigs were seen again between Mikulici and Bijenik. He stated that they also attacked a dachshund in some neglected cherry orchards. He also added that there are a lot of people walking dogs and letting them off their leads, which could lead to accidents happening. The disturbing video showed the extent of the injuries the dog suffered as a result of the violent attack.

Groups of Zagreb wild boars are getting braver when it comes to where they roam and are getting closer and closer to the city centre. ''A whole bunch of them walked across the road near the traffic lights. I'm afraid to leave the house because I don't know where I could come across a feral pig in the dark,'' said Djurdja Djuranec for Dnevnik Nova TV. That said, the problem isn't only fear, but also the fact that pigs destroy everything they come across, from flowers to fruit and vegetables, as well as the eggs of ground nesting birds.

Boar hunters are seeking an urgent meeting with Mayor Tomasevic

The number of calls to the Croatian Hunting Association has only increased. On a daily basis, people are calling them and reporting having seen wild boar wandering around. That's why the Alliance is asking for an urgent meeting with Zagreb Mayor Tomasevic to discuss the matter and how to handle it.

The president of the Croatian Hunting Association, Ivica Budor, says that they are asking for a meeting "so that we don't find ourselves in a situation where we have to explain why wild boars are walking along Medvednica, Mikulici and Maksimir today, and maybe tomorrow we'll be seeing them wandering around Zrinjevac". Who will be to blame then? asked Budor, who believes it's only a matter of time before these troublesome Zagreb wild boars reach the heart of the city centre. He believes there are wild boar litters in the city already.

City of Zagreb: We'll gladly receive hunters for a meeting

The City of Zagreb told Dnevnik Nova TV that they would fladly receive representatives of the Croatian Hunting Association for a meeting, adding that a game protection programme had been established and adopted in the urban part of Zagreb and was being successfully implemented.

Zagreb hunters think the exact opposite, that it isn't being implemented at all. Miljenko Kruc from the Hunting Association of the City of Zagreb said that these pigs seem adaptable and that no attack on humans has been recorded. That said, they ARE attacking pets and other animals. They're also carriers of the African swine fever virus to domestic pigs. But so far, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, no case of the disease has been recorded in Croatia.

The City of Zagreb has announced that these Zagreb wild boars that have been spotted in different parts of the city. They explained where they were spotted and what to do if you happen to come across them.

In the urban area of ​​the City of Zagreb, the wild boar is an occasional species of game that migrates daily to easily accessible food and water sources in urban areas, most often in summer-autumn, and in the dry season an additional reason may be access to water sources (Maksimir lakes, Jarun, the banks of the Sava river and various streams).

In this area, Zagreb wild boars, as well as other species of game, are treated in accordance with the Game Protection Programme for the City of Zagreb implemented by the Zagreb Zoo and the Hunting Association of the City of Zagreb.

In order to prevent damage from wildlife, the Wildlife Protection Programme prescribes the following measures: education and cooperation with landowners and users, the procurement of chemical, biological and biotechnical protective equipment and their free distribution to landowners and users at their request, the protection of crops and plantations with the expulsion of wildlife and using protective equipment and scarecrows, etc.

People have been advised that if they notice Zagreb wild boars or other game, they should not approach them and should move away. If they have dogs, they should be kept on their leashes so as to avoid confrontation with these notoriously poor-tempered creatures.

Any information from people who have had run ins with Zagreb wild boars, as well as additional information on handling wildlife and damage from wildlife in urban areas of the City of Zagreb can be given/obtained from the Zagreb Zoo at: 01 / 230-2198 or 091 / 6045-506, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Pozega-Slavonia Hunters Send Two Tons of Game to Earthquake Area

February 2, 2021 – In an admirably understated manner, Pozega-Slavonia hunters humbly pitched in to the relief efforts and sent two tons of game to those in the earthquake-affected area of Sisak-Moslavina

It's fair to say that in this day and age, hunters often get a bad rep. There are far more people in the world today who abstain from eating any meat – vegetarians and vegans – than those who go hunting. Changing times. For sure, it wasn't always this way.

In Croatia, hunting associations play a vital role in maintaining the beauty and accessibility of the country's rural landscape. Not that you much hear about this aspect of their undertakings. Perhaps they are typically just rather understated people?

You might easily come to that conclusion when considering the recent humanitarian action undertaken by Pozega-Slavonia hunters. Organised by the county hunting association and county officials, Pozega-Slavonia hunters from each of the region's district societies contributed in an effort to send the game taken by each – mostly deer and wild boar - to the earthquake-hit areas in Sisak-Moslavina County. They so far managed to send a whole two tons!


At the same time, Pozega-Slavonia hunters from the county association began collecting funds for the families of those tragically killed in the 29 December earthquake. They have so far collected some 50,000 kunas that will be directed to the intended recipients through the Croatian Hunting Association.

“This is a small help, but undertaken with an open heart,” said a representative from the County, who jointly organised the effort.

“We go to visit friends,” he said, in reference to the delivery of the Pozega-Slavonia hunters game, “and a Slavonian does not go empty-handed. We have loaded more than a ton of meat here (in this shipment), but there will be more because in co-operation with Croatian Forestry, Brod-Posavina County and the Radinje hunting ground, today we will take (in total) about three to four tons of game.”

“(Perhaps) the people of Moslavina will remember Slavonia next time they eat Slavonian čobanac (a local specialty stew, made from game) because she (Slavonia) is always thinking of her (Moslavina),” he concluded.


“Lovački savez Požeško – slavonske županije (Hunting alliance of Pozega Slavonia County) was the main organiser,” Mateja Tomasevic, Head of the County office told TCN. “Within it, there are 28 separate societies of Pozega-Slavonia hunters. They all participated in the humanitarian action.”

Among the 28 contributing societies were Hunting Associations 'Fazan' and 'Košuta' from Pakrac, 'Psunj' from Orljavac, 'Šljuka' from Brestovac, 'Jelen', 'Šijak', 'Sokolovac' and 'Sveti Hubert' from Požega, 'Dilj' from Buk, 'Vidra' from Sapna, Čaglin, 'Slavonac' from Kutjevo, 'Strijela' from Bektež, 'Papuk' from Biškupci, 'Sokol' from Bučje, 'Seljak' from Jakšić, 'Vepar' from Kaptol, 'Krndija' from Našice, 'Vranovac' from Vetovo, 'Šljuka' from Pleternica, 'Fazan' from Ruševo, 'Vražjak' from Sesvete, 'Sjeverni Dilj' from Seoce, 'Slavuj Gaj' from Poljana and 'Kuna' from Paka. Over 1300 residents of the county belong to one of the Pozega-Slavonia hunters associations.


AnyConv.com__BZENICA_LOVNO-STRELJASTVO_POZESKA-ZUPANIJA-1.jpgSome of the members of the Hunting Associations of Pozega-Slavonia County © Hrvatski Lovački Savez

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Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Deer Killed By Train, Stolen By Train Driver, Later Caught Drunk Driving

January 26, 2021 – Road kill we've heard of. But rail kill? One Slavonia deer killed by train was due to end up on the dining table of a train driver, who stopped his train to stuff the dead deer into his cab, before later being caught drunk driving with the decapitated animal in his trunk

Road kill we've heard of. But rail kill? One Slavonia deer killed by train was due to end up on the dining table of a train driver, who stopped his train to stuff the dead animal into his cab. Alas, the čobanac (a spicy, wild meat stew, popular in Slavonia) was not meant to be. He was caught drunk-driving the next day by police at a traffic stop in Vinkovci and arrested.

It's perhaps easy to understand the train driver not wanting to look such a gift horse, or deer, in the mouth. This is not the first deer killed by train or car within the wild rural landscape of Slavonia. With the unfortunate collision having offered the opportunity for fine dining, the train driver apparently had a one track mind.


However, with the benefit of hindsight, it was perhaps not the best i-deer to retrieve the sizeable body of the deer killed by train to save for a later feast. Less easy to forgive is that he was caught with the deer while driving his car under the influence of alcohol. Such foolhardiness is no way to go about covering your tracks.

Police halted the man around 5pm on January 12 at a regular traffic roe-d stop and breathalysed him, as they correctly suspected he had been drinking. The 56-year-old man, who had Vinkovci license plates was found to be under the influence of alcohol (1.22 g / kg). However, that was just the first of the finds on the stop.

Upon searching the car trunk, police discovered the decapitated corpse of a sizeable deer. It turned out the train driver had stopped his train the day before to retrieve the animal and placed it in the driver's cab for consumption at a later date. The animal was presumably being transported home – or to a local butcher – by car the next day. But, the traffic stop put an end to any notions of a free meal.

cobanac.jpgCobanac, a hearty, spicy stew made in Slavonia using deer and other wild meats. Alas, it was not meant to be © Youtube screenshot

The deer corpse was confiscated and handed over to the hunting society of Stari Mikanovac for safekeeping until a warrant for an autopsy was obtained in order to determine the cause of death. Pursuant to the order of the Vinkovci Municipal State Attorney's Office, the examination of the deer carcass was performed by the Vinkovci Veterinary Institute.

For the appropriation of the deer, the police filed a complaint at the Municipal State Attorney's Office in Vinkovci against the 56-year-old for the criminal offence of theft. For his inebriated driving, the man was issued a misdemeanour order, imposing a fine of HRK 5,000 and was banned from driving a "B" category vehicle for two months. Having been charged for both excess beer and excess deer, at the time of the police road stop you could say the game was well and truly up.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Exclusive: Not Your Typical Split Chick...Huntress Jacine Jadresko in Her Own Words

To say that Canadian-Croatian Jacine Jadresko lives life boldly is a bold understatement. Although she has never been a stranger to controversy, this week the 29 year-old has been making headlines all over Croatia being called the most controversial person on Facebook for her provocative hunting photos. Posted on her Facebook fan page, which is now being flooded by anti-hunters as well as supporters from all over the world, the story of her unconventional hobby has been spreading like wildfire in the national and even international media. Total Split has stayed silent on the subject…until now. Here is the exclusive raw interview with Jacine where the Huntress addresses the controversy, answers the questions both her supporters and critics want to know and puts the rumors to rest in her own language and her own words.


"I don't expect everyone to condone my way of life. I know there are many people against it and I'm ok with that. I can understand, I once was against it myself many years ago before I knew the facts. And now, the fact of the matter is that I am getting all kinds of threats of rape, brutality, torture, and murder against my 9 yr old little boy. If these people can voice their vile threats to my family so violently and freely, I deserve the chance to voice my opinion in an educated, calm, and informative manner. I have never hunted for fame or popularity. It's a hobby I do on weekends because I enjoy it. I only agreed to this article because the media has taken it upon themselves to throw me into the spotlight and I am entitled to correct their misrepresentation of myself."



1. You grew up on the west coast of Canada surrounded by nature and wildlife and you come from a family of hunters, which is a normal way of life there. When was your first hunt and what made you fall in love with the sport? 

My first real hunt where I went out to harvest my own animal was just over 3 years ago. The first weekend that I went out I was unsuccessful on my hunt. I was hunting for black bear and I saw over 26 bears in one day, but they were all quite young so I waited until I could find the right adult male to harvest. After that first weekend I was totally hooked, even though I hadn’t even shot anything. I just loved being out in the woods all day, learning to track animals, observe their behavior and learning the details of accomplishing a successful hunt. There is so much that goes into it; like staying down wind and keeping the sun at your back, differentiating animal tracks and even studying feces. Add in the fact that I was in the beautiful outdoors, breathing fresh air, and spending time in nature. I had never felt anything so magnetic before. The following weekend I went out again and I was successful in harvesting my very first animal, a Canadian black bear. From then on, I have taken every opportunity to get out into the woods and hunt.

2. Hunting is an expensive hobby and just in the last year alone you've been on hunts in Croatia, Bosnia, South Africa, Canada, and Spain along with a fishing trip in Mexico. The media claims you’ve killed hundreds of animals and that your hunt in South Africa alone cost 500,000 kuna or roughly $100,000 is this true and how do you afford it?  

For the record, I never said that I have killed hundreds of animals, but I have hunted 22 different species. It’s true, hunting is definitely not cheap, but I have always been very good with my money and I save diligently. I never go shopping or spend money on frivolous things like many ˝girly girls˝ do, so its actually quite easy for me to save my money. I have a good job and I work very hard to earn my salary. I have seen a lot of comments in the media lately attributing my hunts to my wealthy parents and that is entirely untrue. I myself have funded every hunt I have ever been on. My parents did help contribute to my lion, but only that one animal. The rest of my african hunt cost roughly a quarter of what the media is claiming and it was all at my own expense just like all my other hunts. That hunt in Africa was a big deal for me. I had been saving my money for years so I could buy land and build a house here in Croatia one day. When I went to Africa, I spent my entire savings account on that trip, right down to the last penny. I will never regret that either. I made amazing memories with my son that will last me a lifetime. That is something I cannot put a price on.

3. What is it like being a woman in a man's hunting world? Are hunters accepting and supportive of you? Do anti-hunters treat women differently than men?  

The male hunters that I have been privileged to meet and hunt with have all been incredibly supportive! They think it is great that women are getting into the sport of hunting and they accept it entirely. They treat me as an equal and give me no special treatment, which is exactly what I want. It can be tough for a woman to prove herself in a man’s world, especially if they are going easy on her, but I have definitely earned my place among them. As for the anti-hunters, yes, they 100% treat women differently than men. I know hundreds, even thousands of male hunters, and although they receive some backlash, it is nothing in comparison to what us women hunters receive. I think there are a few reasons for this. Firstly, people view women as the weaker sex and thus they feel more comfortable bullying them, especially in the cyber world where there are no repercussions.  Secondly, many people still do not fully accept women integrating into the male dominated world. They believe woman to be the nurturing and submissive sex, so when they see us breaking free of that role we become a target. It is ˝taboo˝ in a way, especially here in Europe. 


4. Many people are upset that you are posting pictures of your trophies and bragging on Facebook about them. They say you are shoving it down people's throats and therefore asking for or even deserve the hateful comments you are receiving. Others question why you have a fan page, so can you explain why you started the page in the first place and why you post pictures at all? 

First of all, I post pictures of my hunts on my private personal Facebook page because hunting is my passion and I am damn proud of all the photos I have documenting my hunts. If other people have a problem with seeing pictures of dead animals then they don’t need to go on my page or be friends with me on Facebook. I have a lot of like-minded friends and family and a huge amount of supporters that I want to share my photos with and I have every right to. I started a hunting fan page for these people and because I was receiving a massive amount of attention on my private page for my hunts. I appreciate all the supporters and I am very grateful for them, however on my private page I also share photos and statuses of my family and my friends and I do not think it is fair to expose them to all these people that are only interested in my hunting. Hence, I created a separate page where I can share all about my hunting and fishing outdoor adventures with like-minded people, without bringing them into the lives of the people around me. If you are not a fan of hunting then don’t go to a hunting fan page or be surprised by what you see there. 


5. Understandably, people are especially outraged by pictures of you with the lion you hunted in South Africa as it is considered an endangered animal and illegal to hunt. Can you put yourself in these people's shoes and understand why these pictures may be so upsetting to people? Also, do you feel any differently about killing exotic animals? 

Yes, I can. There was once a time when I myself did not understand the conservation role behind hunting and I too was upset by photos and stories of people hunting many species of animals, such as lions. So I really can relate and I am not angry at them for it. I only think that it is unfortunate that they are not educated a bit more like I now am. I take it upon myself to try and teach them and bring light to the subject. Many people are closed off and do not want to hear what I have to say and that is their own right. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. However, it is a FACT that lions are not endangered in Africa and obviously it is not illegal to hunt them there or I would not have been able to and in that case I definitely wouldn’t be posting pictures of it. I legally obtained a lion permit for that hunt and every other hunt where it’s been required. There is no difference to me if I hunt a deer, zebra, fox or a bear. Hunting is hunting. To me it isn’t about killing the biggest or most exotic animal. I don’t believe that just because an animal is considered more beautiful or exotic that it has more of a right to live than animals that we are more accustomed to seeing or even eating everyday. People say I am sick and twisted for hunting lions and other exotic animals. But I think it’s more twisted to value one animal over another and say it has more of a right to live just because of it’s beauty and the fact we like looking at it more.

6. What would you like anti-hunters and everyone who is so outraged with you to understand about hunting?

I know that many people refuse to believe it, but hunting really does contribute to animal conservation. Actually, it is the number 1 contributor in the world. No one else gives more money to animal conservation than hunters do. Many animal rights groups make a lot of noise and create a lot of fuss, but they don't ACTUALLY contribute real dollars to real efforts. Hunter dollars fund protected habitats, breeding programs and even anti-poaching efforts. In a continent like Africa, many farmers just shoot lions, leopards, elephants or any other animals coming around by the handful because they are a threat to the farm. But when hunters put a very large price tag on these animals, the farmers then let those animals be and find a way to co-exist because they can charge a large sum to a hunter to come and harvest just one. The excessive price tag also encourages farmers to move away from farming corn or other goods and to begin farming wild game. If a farmer can receive $500,000 for one rhino, why wouldn't he put a rhino on his land? But if he only has one rhino, then obviously after its killed its all over. So that farmer then puts a male and a female rhino on his land and begins breeding rhinos and suddenly the dying rhino population has increased by 5 or more rhinos. This is how animal conservation through hunting works. How many park fees at $20 per person would it take to equal the $500,000 spent hunting the land? Whats's going to be the environmental footprints of those 25,000 photographers vs 1 hunter? Making a game species valuable helps ensure it's conservation. I personally have no problem with people not understanding the joy of hunting but to deny its importance to conservation is condemning many species to extinction.

7. Many anti-hunters don't buy the conservation argument hunters sell or that it’s just for the meat, but instead about the thrill and bragging rights. They want to know, why do you really kill innocent animals? People often ask, why can’t you just buy meat at the store? 

Hunting is something that lives inside me. I cannot put words to it other than maybe comparing it to a magnetic force that pulls me in every day of my life. Hunting is one of the most basic and natural human instincts that we have. Without it, none of us would be around today. Every human on this earth has a hunter in their ancestry line. I think that for some of us, that instinct inherited from our ancestors is just stronger than in others. I admit, I do not hunt solely for the meat. As I stated earlier, I really enjoy being in nature, being a part of the outdoors, observing and learning about animals, and everything else that is a part of hunting. Hunting is not the blood-thirsty sport people think it is. I am not out there shooting every animal I see. On my last hunt I went on I did not shoot a single animal, even though I saw over 100 of them. I was not going to shoot just anything that came my way. On top of all that, so much time and preparation goes into a hunt, people really have no idea. It takes weeks, even months to plan some hunts. You need proper gear and tools to survive. I have spent entire nights out in the forest in below zero temperatures, this cannot be done without proper knowledge and gear. So to achieve a successful hunt after so much time and preparation has gone into it, it is a great feeling of accomplishment.  

Also, anti-hunters need to think it through more, think of it as a numbers game. An anti-hunter goes out to eat a steak dinner at a restaurant with their husband or wife and two cows died. They go to McDonald's for 1 double cheeseburger, 2 or more cows died. They make burritos at home, who knows how many cows are in that ground meat? Steak dinner at home for their family of 4, 4 more cows dead. That's an easy 9 (or more as I’m not sure about the ground meat) dead cows for one week of personal consumption in a small family of anti-hunters. Imagine if the whole family ordered McDonalds, or worse, if they ate fast food almost daily as many families do?! I, on the other hand, shot ONE bear and my son and I will live off that meat for a year. My dad and brother shot 2 elk and our entire family of 5 (plus 3 grandkids) lived off of them for 4 years! One small deer feeds us for the whole winter. My son and I had bear steaks and fries for lunch yesterday, bear stew the day before that, and bear stroganoff the day before that, which was only about 4 pounds of meat. I have an entire bear in the freezer. That’s A LOT of clean, lean, healthy meals for one family from one hunt. You do the math. It's very justifiable if you ask me. Everything that I hunt locally I eat and keep the skins and heads for trophies, but all the meat from my foreign hunts is donated. Plus, these animals have all lived full lives in their natural habitats roaming free in the wild and feeding off nature. The same certainly cannot be said for the animal meat you buy in the store, which comes from animals who spent their entire lives stuffed in cages, pumped with hormones and badly mistreated until they are slaughtered. When people buy meat at the store or order it in a restaurant they never think about the life that animal lived and the conditions it was forced to endure before being killed for consumption. You tell me which is more humane or cruel.    

8. Are you surprised at the media attention you’ve received lately and the subsequent backlash? Does the backlash influence or affect you at all? If somebody presented an intelligent argument against hunting instead of just blind hate and even death threats could that change your opinion about hunting?

No I am not surprised at all, in fact I knew it would come one day. That is part of the territory. I have seen it happen with many other female hunters online throughout the years. The backlash does not influence me. Like I said, it is not someone's fault if they are uneducated on the sport. I once was myself. As for changing my opinion, I am open to hear out anyones intelligent argument against hunting, but I am sure of myself that it would not change my opinion. Hunting is a part of who I am, it is in my bones. It is not an option or something I choose to do, it is something I must do. You can not take that out of a person.

9. You have hunted a lot of animals in just 3 years that many hunters who have been hunting their whole lives only dream about and you are not even 30 yet.  The media is calling you a professional hunter, so does that mean you get paid to hunt? What’s next for you?  

When I hear the term Professional Hunter, I think of PH which is what that stands for. A PH is more of a hunting guide. I don't want to guide. I want to hunt. It would be my dream job to get paid to hunt. There’s so much left that I want to hunt and I have a very long list of “dream hunts” that I have my heart set on. In two weeks I will go on a Roe deer hunt here in Croatia, then in July I’ll go back to Spain to hunt Barbary sheep. In October I’ll go to the US, first to Colorado to hunt elk and then Idaho for white tail deer and I'm working on booking a winter moose hunt in Russia. Next April I’ll go back to South Africa to hunt more antelope, leopard and hippopotamus and in between I’ll hunt local boar, red deer and chamois or wild goat and sheep in Croatia.

10. What advice do you have for other young female hunters that are just starting out and may be facing the same obstacles as you?

Do not let anyone’s negativity bring you down! People will fight you and be against you, but that is on them, not you. Stay true to yourself and who you are and do what makes you happy. You cant please everyone in this world so don't try. Im proud of you and you have just as many supporters on your side as you do against you. Don't forget that! Feel free to contact me any time for some advice or just to chat about hunting! In the end, hunting is a 100% legal sport, so people really need to just get over it!

Humans have been hunting for the past 1 million years and it has fundamentally shaped our evolution and made us who we are today. To many it's as instinctual as procreating. It's fundamentally engrained in our DNA. It is still manifesting itself in society even today in many obvious and sometimes subtle ways. For example, we are the only primate that can throw an object faster than 20 mph. With practice a person can throw close to 60 mph, which it is believed was a key skill that evolved for hunting and sent us on the road to modern humans. All those sports such as cricket, baseball, basketball, etc. that require throwing have a skill that evolved from our specialism as hunters. Another example is the 100 meter sprint. Why on earth is this sport the hardest to get tickets to at the Olympics? It's just some people running really fast. Why do we find that so interesting?! Could it be that the best hunters in a bygone era possessed speed and therefore were more successful hunters and ensured a food source for the social group? There's plenty more examples in elite sport, not to mention fundamental characteristics in our genetic make up. It makes sense that the best hunters were those that enjoyed it who therefore passed on their genes. Socially we have evolved into an advanced species with conscience, compassion, imagination, empathy and intelligence, but genetically we are still exactly the same as cavemen.

For anyone who disagrees or doesn’t believe my arguments for hunting, here are some hard facts about it instead…

** All together, hunters pay more than $1.6 billion a year for conservation programs. No other person, organization, or effort gives more!

** Without the financial resources provided by hunters to protect habitat and stop poachers there would be no infrastructure for wildlife management - National Geographic Sept. 2nd 2013

** Trophy hunters pay higher fees per client than conventional tourists and so revenues can be generated from lower volumes of people, resulting in potentially lower environmental impacts. Trophy hunting generates revenues for conservation in areas which may not be suitable for tourism, including some countries experiencing political instability.

** The southern white rhinoceros population grew from just 50 animals a century ago to over 11,000 wild individuals today, because hunts gave game ranchers a financial incentive to reintroduce the animal.

** Game farming employs three times more personnel than conventional farming (consider the ± 40% unemployment rate in South Africa). 

** There are a calculated 21 million head of game in South Africa of which 16 million are privately owned, i.e. three times more wildlife in private ownership than in government parks and reserves. 

Numbers according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and other public sources:

** $746 million — Annual amount of money spent by hunters in the United States on licenses and public land access fees alone. Sportsmen’s licensing revenues account for more than half of all funding for state natural resource agencies.

** $300 million — Additional moniescontributed to wildlife conservation every year by the more than 10,000 private hunting-advocate organizations like the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

** $4.2 billion — Amount of money sportsmen have contributed to conservation through 10% federal excise taxes on firearms, ammunition and gear since the 1937 Pittman-Robertson Act established the tax. Millions of acres of public-use land has been purchased, preserved and maintained with this money.

In case you’re wondering how much money animal rights groups devote to habitat preservation and the welfare of wild species, take a gander at PETA’s 2004 financials. Straight from its website, I discovered that PETA’s prodigious revenue of over $29 million bought:

** 2,700 media interviews

** 703 organized demonstrations

** Nearly 11,000 mentions in print

** Coverage on at least seven major TV networks

** 150,000 “vegetarian starter kits” disseminated to the public

** Enough “educational materials” for 235,000 teachers and 11,000,000 students

But not a single acre of land for wildlife preservation — not even for endangered species!

Hunting stats for African countries: 

Kenya: Banned hunting in 1977. Today 30-40% of the game animals remain.

South Africa: Started heavily promoting hunting in the 1970s in those days an estimated 557,000 head of game existed on private land, today over 18 million!

Namibia: Always deemed a hunting destination. Estimated 200% increase in game populations since the 1970’s.