Well we all 5 of us set off last Monday morning for the Czech republic and our 4 day Mouflon hunt. The usual procedures through Heathrow dispensed with and in 90 minutes we were in Prague where I had arranged for 2 cars to meet the group and transport us to the hunt area 3 hours drive away.
A nice evening meal awaited us and the celebrations started with our drinking the bar dry of beer and making a start on the two crates we had purchased from the local off licence. There were some sore heads the next morning, but the weather was glorious and the surrounding mountains and forests breath taking with the full glory of autumn colours meeting us as we drove into the hunt area.
We were hunting an area of miles of state owned forest that had been leased, and had a cull target of 300 animals to come off the area. These were Mouflon, Red deer, Roe deer and Wild Boar.
The forests are on very steep hills which Mouflon take full advantage of and as the rut was also in progress we looked forward to an exciting 3 day hunt. Rifles sorted and with a guide each and a vehicle each we all set off to our allotted areas to hunt Mouflon. We all covered a large area each and on my first outing saw a good number of ewes within the forest and also a large group in the far off distance that had two very large rams attending. However it was a good mile and a half away and was on some fields adjoining the forest which was not our ground, therefore the hunt continued.
Returning to the local BB we discovered that Ricky had taken a nice ram that scored into the high Bronze mark and it was an excellent start.
Over the next two days we all saw Mouflon, Red Deer and Roe deer, and also sign of Wild Boar. Pheasant Sniper took his ram on day 2, after seeing a huge ram, but eventually taking a very nice mature ram with a single shot. This followed on day 3 with myself, Scrumbag and Ross taking a nice ram each. We had a bit of a wait to find Scrummys but it all turned out well in the end for everyone, and Scrummy's Mouflon was an outstanding beast which makes silver medal.
The smile say's it all. Many congratulations Mike a stunning animal.
However we all had a bet that the last person to take a Mouflon would have to eat one of the testicles of their ram.............raw!! and like the gentlemen that he is Mike did the deed in style.
We all had a great time, and saw plenty of quality Mouflon, all fair chase NO FENCES and in beautiful countryside and with perfect hosts.
My Mouflon ram, reaching high Bronze medal.
I will be conducting further trips next season (early November) on a similar basis and already have one booking. I will be taking 4 clients each time and for anyone interested in booking in advance please PM me or email me through my website www.ukoutfitters.co.uk
I am sure there will be further postings regarding the trip, Terry has some interesting photos and a piece of short film I am sure he cannot wait to share!!
Thank you again to Mike, Ricky, Ross and Terry for sharing the hunt with me, look forward to seeing you all again.