TO CATCH A MOMENT

by Bozhidara Georgieva

Bulgaria is a top European destination for hunting tourism

Few things can be such an intense and rich experience as hunting. Deep among pristine mountains and forests, by crystal rivers or among endless fields, it makes us face nature and its tough laws and brings us back to long gone times when hunting was an integral and life-saving part of humanity's existence.

With its mountains, thick forests and diversity of ecosystems, Bulgaria is an excellent place for hunting. Here live hare and fox, quail and pheasant, red and fallow deer, mouflon, boar, wolf and many more.

For the ancient Thracians, boar hunting was the king's sacred privilege and medieval noblemen entertained themselves by hunting big and small game. Ottoman sultans would visit the Bulgarian lands on long hunting expeditions.

The modern idea for hunting organisations that take responsibility for preserving the species diversity appeared in Bulgaria as early as 1898, which makes the local organised hunting and fishing movement one of the oldest in Europe. King Boris III himself, an ardent nature lover, was a passionate hunter. The tradition continued after 1944 as well. In the 1970s and the 1980s the government created new hunting facilities and imported some new species in order to turn Bulgaria into a hunting tourism destination.

Today, the organised hunting and fishing movement in Bulgaria is among the most popular organisations in the country, and its members and hunting preserves carefully work for maintaining species diversity. Thanks to their efforts and tireless work, Bulgaria today is a top destination for hunting tourism in Europe, with abundant trophy animals and a diversity of places where to meet them.

Deep in the picturesque slopes of the Rhodope near Chepelare there is a place where you will find tranquility, clean nature and contact with valuable and interesting local and imported species. Boar and red deer, fallow deer and mouflon, bezoar ibex and Barbary sheep, and Bulgaria's only population of Himalayan tahr inhabit the territory of Zabardo Hunting Preserve (information, inquiries and reservations: Engineer Svetloslav Krastev, phone: +359 88 855 1413, www.huntzabardo.bg). In Zabardo you will find as well comfortable accommodation, options for recreational fishing and photo safari, delicious local food made of products from the region. In the preserve's environs are sites of interest such as the Wondrous Bridges nature phenomenon, Pamporovo and the mineral springs of Narechenski Bani, and Plovdiv is only 60 km away.

When the hunter is equipped with the best hunting weapon, optics and clothes, the experience is on a completely new level. In the three weapon and ammunition shops and the website of Aleksis Optics (www.aleksis-optics.com) you will find everything you need for an unforgettable and good hunting. Established in 1995 in Veliko Tarnovo, the company specialises in the sale of the best of optics industry – binoculars, night vision devices, thermal imaging devices and weapon accessories. Aleksis Optics also offers a rich selection of assault, hunting and cold weapons; ammunition; clothing, shoes and accessories. The company will help you take good care of your weapon with options to purchase spare parts, a repair shop, weapon inspection, optical and thermal devices mounting, ballistic profiling.

Equipped with the best on the market and inspired by ideas for places where to use it, you are ready for a close up of Bulgaria and its wild nature. The encounter will definitely leave lasting and pleasant memories. 

  • COMMENTING RULES

    Commenting on www.vagabond.bg

    Vagabond Media Ltd requires you to submit a valid email to comment on www.vagabond.bg to secure that you are not a bot or a spammer. Learn more on how the company manages your personal information on our Privacy Policy. By filling the comment form you declare that you will not use www.vagabond.bg for the purpose of violating the laws of the Republic of Bulgaria. When commenting on www.vagabond.bg please observe some simple rules. You must avoid sexually explicit language and racist, vulgar, religiously intolerant or obscene comments aiming to insult Vagabond Media Ltd, other companies, countries, nationalities, confessions or authors of postings and/or other comments. Do not post spam. Write in English. Unsolicited commercial messages, obscene postings and personal attacks will be removed without notice. The comments will be moderated and may take some time to appear on www.vagabond.bg.

Add new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.

Discover More

JOIN TopMobility, THE FIRST SHARED E-BIKE SERVICE IN VARNA
The e-bikes will be located at many spots throughout Varna, easing access to anyone eager to use the service.Download TopMobility's app to use up to 5 minutes free every day.

CELEBRATE LOVE IN BULGARIA: TOP ROMANTIC SPOTS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
And since visiting romantic spots in Europe like Rome or Paris can be costly around the 14th of February, you can have a look at Bulgaria.

ON A HUNT IN BULGARIA
Hunting provokes the most profound instincts embedded in our human nature. Today, people hunt not to survive, but for sport, to test their skills and to maintain populations of game and wildfowl in numbers that do not affect people's life and work.
ON A LUXURY HOLIDAY IN BULGARIA
Modern luxury is all about subtle comfort, elegant aesthetics and the feeling that all of our needs have been met and catered for even before we have realised their existence.

THE GIFTS OF THE NEW YEAR
When the year is still young, we have many reasons to give presents – from the name days in January that are celebrated by thousands of Bulgarians to St Valentine's Day. But do we really need a special occasion to make a gift? Of course not.
THE LAND OF HEALTH
Mineral waters are among Bulgaria's greatest natural resources. In the country have been registered 225 hot and cold springs with diverse chemical content beneficial for the treatment of cardiovascular, lung, joint, gastro-intestinal and other diseases.

TSAR SIMEON II AND TSARINA MARGARITA OPEN BEY HOUSE HOTEL IN BULGARIA
Bey House Hotel, Restaurant, Garden & Turkish Bath announced that His Majesty Tsar Simeon II of the Bulgarians and Her Majesty Tsarina Margarita, arrived at the Bey

5-STAR BULGARIA
Higher quality: one of the effects of the pandemic, which is now ending, was the change in our attitudes when choosing where to spend our vacation.
FACE TO FACE WITH NATURE
Bulgaria is one of the European countries where hunting and hunting and photo safari tourism are a true pleasure. The country's diverse geography offers a variety of landscapes and habitats where numerous animals roam.
LET'S GO ON A LUXURY HOLIDAY!
When we crave to let ourselves in exclusive pleasures. When we seek a place of quiet seclusion among nature. When we want to indulge in exquisite spa experiences and amazing cuisine... we do not book airline tickets for some exotic destination anymore.
THE CALL OF THE WILD
Let's go back to nature! This is the motto of the modern urbanite in 2021, when the time for planning the summer vacation arrives.
ETERNAL PLOVDIV
When talking about a city that epitomises Bulgaria and stays in the heart with its scapes, atmosphere, history, and people, Plovdiv always wins hands down.