Romania has the largest bear population in Europe.
Romania's bear population exceeds 4,500 animals.
It is the largest carnivorous in the Carpathians,
known on good reason as the "King of the Carpathian woodland".
The bear areal stretches along the Carpathian arch, in hilly and
mountain areas, but it can be found at altitudes starting with 500
- 600 meters up to 1200 meters.
Romania holds the world record for that species
both for fur and the skull, with registered 687,79 CIC
points for skin and 69,47 CIC points for the skull. Romania
also holds the next 10 trophies in the world for skin, with
a total 362 gold medals. Most frequent trophies in Romania
are those of 350 - 400 CIC points.
The weight of an adult, sturdy bear exceeds often
300 - 350 kg. It may also reach 450 kg.
Hunting is practiced as: drive hunt, beat hunt
Beat hunt is organized in the autumn, when
the animals gather around the abundant feeding places; beaters and
dogs are used. To enhance hunting chances, we recommend groups
of 3 up to 8 persons. 2 to 4 drives may be organized daily depending
on the degree of ground accessibility and on participants' physical
For those who may like it, a joint bear hunt may
be organized, that is by adding a wild bear hunt. The bate and stalking
hunts are especially organized in the spring season, but also in
the autumn, as it is a special hunting aiming at collecting valuable
trophies. The hunt is practiced in feeding places, specially arranged,
from observation posts near such places.
The optimum hunting period is: in the autumn: October
01 - November 15, and for the spring season from March 15
to May 15, depending on the weather conditions.
Recommended caliber is of minimum 7 mm, up to
high calibers of 9 and over 9 mm.