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    European Hunting - Croatia

    Just got back from Croatia, well not really, I got back yesterday, what I meant was, that I have just come round from a very exhausting trip that was pretty darn good.
    The weather was not too good but the company, the terrain, the organisation , food and acommodation was terrific.
    We didn't shoot many Boar but I think those that did will soon be posting pictures, what it probably won't show is their faces when we approached them at the end of the drive and asked the usual question "how did you get on"
    Their faces lit up and then so did ours because it was great to see that the ones that did connect were 'newbies' and there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a 'newbie' with his first pig.
    One lucky bu***r not only shot his first pig but went one better and shot two, one of them quite a good one too, on one drive !!!
    Thank you again John, I'm sure others will have more to say, complete with pictures.
    As you have probably guessed I was not in the hot spot but enjoyed the trip immensly and I am sure this will not be my first and last with JR so thanks again to John Robson of European Hunting.
    Oh I might as well mention too, that even without the hunting side of the trip, the company could not have been a better selected group had anybody tried.
    I have not mentioned any names purposely because I probably couldn't remember them all and it would not be fair to leave anybody off - so thanks to you all for making this an enjoyable trip and I hope I meet you all again some time in the future.

    PS, Ref the last paragraph, that's only if you feel the same way about me
    Last edited by EMcC; 06-11-2013 at 15:36.

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    I had a great time. Had a fleeting shot at a boar but never got one. Great bunch of blokes and had a great laugh. Drank a load of beer and the grub was great. We did grill sausages on sticks but there was a lack of crisps and apples for lunch .

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    Hi Eddy, pleased you had a good time. Was the weather unusualy warm? and do you think it affected the hunting,when I was in Estonia it was 5% warmer than it should have been and I think it made the finding of game more difficult.

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    Thanks eddie, pleased we got on with a better footing then the net let us. LOL thanks for the comments. The trip would not have been so well run without my fabulous wife sues input in a massive way. And the teabags she packed in my bag. LOL.
    Like you say a great bunch of lads I hope we can hunt again. Tusker, I think the 20c temps did make moving the game harder and the beaters and dogs did suffer in the heat.

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    Hi Mark, John ,
    Yes the temperature was a bit of a problem not only that the pigs were lethargic but when they did get up it was not always forward so it made it hard work for the dogs as well.
    The only good thing about the temperature was that the rain was warm !!!!
    As for your teabags John, I always bring a box of Yorkshire Tea bags too but you beat me to putting it on the table so I still have mine packed ready for next week !!
    John, now that we have spoken you know why I asked all the questions ;-) and you can certainly say again, Sue sure did do her homework to come up with such a good trip.

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    Well done folks! it must be a heck of a lot of effort to organise a successful foreign trip like that, I'm glad that it all worked out well for you.

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    All sounds like a very positive trip. Well done!

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    a big thankyou to everyone on the trip for your company, a very well balanced group as has been said . and a very big thankyou to sue not only for those tea bags that saved so many of us in the mornings but for all the work done behind the scienes.The first day the weather was lovely no wet gear needed the first 2 drives were in the mountain area. the sound of the beaters and there dogs was fantastic and the sound of gunfire increased the heartbeat even more but no pigs this time.the second drive was the same and we then broke for some more great food prepared by the croation boys with some very potent moonshine yi-ha.the last drive for the day brought us back down to the low land we were placed very close to the edge of the cover so i waited once more for sound of the beaters hollers and howling dogs. the rain came down heavy for time but i didnt
    move a muscle, i then heard a noise which i was not familiar with but i new it was a pig but it passed to the gun on my right without me seeing it but i did hear the bang . i will let gelert talk you through that one. ten minuites later i heard the same pitter patter but this time it was coming straight towards me , the pitter patter stop and their it was a big black pig. the first shot out of my sako 308 just pissed it off, the second one put it down but up it got making another 10 foot before the third dropped it again, this time it was not going anywhere but a forth came straight after just to make sure. what a rush .
    Last edited by toad; 06-11-2013 at 23:22.

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    Suitably refreshed and back at work, sadly.
    Like Eddy mentioned, I would just like to say a big thank you Sue for all the hard work she put in over the last few months, in organizing and arranging the trip.
    The paperwork must have been a nightmare to organize, along with everything else in-between and to try and accommodate everyone’s needs and queries and making sure everyone was accounted for, at times I can only imagine was testing.

    I know everyone enjoyed themselves, despite the outcome, but it was an excellent collective group of like minded individuals.
    The food and accommodation was spot on, with overindulging being the order over the three days.
    The welcome from our hosts,and the locals,along with all the food at lunch by the camp fire was superb.

    Like Toad described, the last drive of the day and I herd a very purposeful pitter-patter, before the beater started driving and dogs howling, then before me I saw a boar.
    He kept moving, just behind some trees then stopped briefly, so I let Mr Mannering do the business and it was game over,1 shot 1 kill,1 pig, job done.

    A very memorable trip, in truly great company, I hope to join John again and hopefully will be an ongoing annual trip for me.
    John, looked after us all extremely well, and I would't have a problem recommending the trip to anyone.
    Putting a name to so many faces was great,Eddy was made up for our first boar,which was very decent of him,as were all those other members.
    I of course,would love to be in your company on a trip like this again.

    Thanks again

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    not that i am counting arwel , but is that 2-0 to us welsh boys

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