Croatia: Quail Over Pointers

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If, as the dog days of summer roll around each year, you contemplate the sorry state of the British summer and rusty shooting skills in the face of the Glorious 12th and beyond, kill two birds with one stone: add a quick trip to Croatia in pursuit of migratory quail over pointers and setters to the diary.

Walking up behind the dogs, the line of guns meanders across a patchwork of small plots that resemble feudal England or an enormous allotment.

Take the migratory nature of quail, add the vagaries of guns’ fitness, wakefulness and accuracy, and the bag becomes a moveable feast.

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Disproving the adage that only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun, teams hunt for four or five hours from dawn, and then again for two or three hours in the evening. This reduces the risk of painful sunburns and heat exhaustion for canine and human alike.
For the cost of a gun on a 200 bird partridge day each, teams of two to four can spend two days shooting and three nights full board in Croatia.
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When shooting over pointers, the calibre of dog and the relationship between dog and man goes from passing fancy to business critical in a heartbeat.

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SEASON

1st August – 1st October

KIT & CLOTHING

Blaze is advisable and a blaze hat will be supplied by Outside Days.

The temperatures at this time of year can exceed 30C during the day and can drop to 4c at night. Lightweight summer shooting clothes for daytime, including sun hats and sun block cream, are de rigeur. However, we do not recommend shooting in shorts due to regular heavy dew on the vegetation and prickly undergrowth. It is rare there is ever rain at this time of year, however a fleece or similar for mornings and evenings is desirable.

Light comfortable, waterproof boots are recommended for the fields as it can be very wet in the mornings.

Gun

Shotgun (semi-auto are allowed) normally 12- 20 bore
Bring your own gun or rent on site

Cartridges

Cartridges are supplied in country

GROUP SIZE

Two to six guns

AIRPORT OF ARRIVAL

Split

VISAS & LICENCES

Travelling within the EU needs no visa
Travel from outside the EU may require a visa issued at the airport, where a fee may be charged.

Hunting licences arranged by Outside Days.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

None

INSURANCE

We ask all our clients to ensure they hold third party liability insurance.

For foreign trips we recommend that individuals take out holiday insurance.

TIPS

It is standard practice to tip the dogmen at the end of the day or trip. Of course tipping and the amount tipped are at your discretion, but we recommend between 20 and 40 euros per gun per day.

CURRENCY

Croatian Kuna

Most places will accept euros since Croatia joined the EU

TIME ZONE

GMT +1

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