Hunting and fishing tourism

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Hunting in the Caras-Severin county

In our county, there is a large variety of species that we can hunt. Concerning hunting, the two most representative species for Caras-Severin are the wild boar and the ordinary stag.

The wild boar: Having a great adaptability, the wild boar can reach the mountain areas in summer, but then, in autumn, he withdraws in the forests, looking especially for those forests which abound in fruits. Wild boar hunting is representative for our county.
The period suitable for hunting is between 1st August and 15th February. The most common methods of hunting are the chase and the still- hunting. When the soil is covered with snow the most common method of hunting is fumbling.Significant trophees were obtained in all fields of hunting of our county.The most important of all the trophees in Romania was confirmed with 144,00 points and the first ten trophees obtained 137,00 points.

The ordinary stag: Cervus elaphus. As a result of the protection methods that had been takeen, the stag population reached its former number in the mountain areas and it spread and it has the actual place mainly in the Carpathian area and the isolated places in the hil land plain forests. The period suitable for male hunting is from 1st. September till 15th. December and for females and calves the appropriate period of hunting is between 1st September and 15th February.

The fallow deer: Dama dama. In the west side of the county, more precisely in Iersig area of hunting, we are very proud to have a significant number of spoon bills.The most appropriate time for male hunting is between 1st. September and 15th. December, while for female hunting and calves in the selection activities, between 1st. September and 15th. February.

The grouse: Tetrao urogalus. The biggest of the tetraonids live in the large forests of spruce fir, resinous trees and dedidous trees in the Carpathians mountains, at altitudes of over 1200 metres. The period suitable for hunting is between 1st. Aprilie and 15th. May, when the song and the dance of the grouse during the mating period takes place.
Only males can be hunted, the females being protected from hunting. In our county, this species may be hunted from Poiana Marului, up to the maximum altitude of the forest.

The brants and the fen ducks: Anseriformes. The pools, the lakes and the rivers are their natural biotope, where, depending on the species, can be crowds of them, up to ten thousand specimen.
The period appropriate for hunting is between 15th August and 28th February.

The pheasant: Phasianus colehicus. In our region, it can be seen in great numbers at altitudes from 0 to 300 metres. The pheasant may be hunted in all the fields of hunting which involve the plains and the hills of our county.
The period suitable for hunting is between 1st October and 15th March.

The wolf: Lupus canis. The forests in the Carpathian area which are very difficult to reach i sone of the few places where the population of wolves from Europe can shelter. Here i tis a large population which tends to increase, both numerica and territorial.
The methodes of hunting are the still- hunting and the chase. The wolf may appear accidentally both during the still-hunting organized for the bear, but the hunter, who wants to exclusively hunt wolves, must be patient, he must know the area very well and he must take advantage of it.

The brown bear: Ursus arctos. The brown bear lives in the hilly and mountain area. We can meet the bear especially in the mountainous area around Teregova, Caransebes, and Otelu Rosu.
If the still-hunting is typical for spring-time hunting, the chase is typical for hunting in autumn, when a great number of bears move in those regions where they can fiind much food and shelter.
Females with cubs are completely protected.

The woodcock: Scolopax rusticola. It is a migratory bird that prefers the young forests with damp or wet soil, the river meadows or the shrubbery with most soil where the woodcock can easily find food.
The proper period for hunting is between 1st September and 30th April. Regarding the methods of hunting we can mention the night still-hunting, „jumping” and the chase.

Other mammales and birds that people show great interest in hunting: The skunk (Putorius sp.), the marten (Martes sp.), the marmot (Marmota m.), the weasel ( Mustela n.), the otter ( Lutra l.), the moufflon ( Ovis musimon P.), the hare ( Lepus europaeus), the raccoon dog ( Nyctereutes procionoides G.), the fox (Vulpes Vulpes L.), the wildcat ( Felis silvestris L.), the wolf ( Canis Lupus L.), the lynx ( Lynx Lynx L.), the lark, the turtle doves, the pigeons, the starlings, the thrushes, and the ring doves.

Fishing in the Caras-Severin county

As far as fishing is concerned, the Caras-Severin county has a variety of mountain fishing funds, rich in trout, carp, pike, catfish and others.

Trout: the yellow trout (salmo trutta-fario) with the harvesting period between the 1st of May – the 14th of September, the indigenous trout (salmo trutta-fario), with the harvesting period between the 1st of May – the 14th of September, the bow trout (salmo gairdneri) and the brook trout (salvenilus) with the same harvesting period, grayling (thymalus). All these trout species are to be found in the mountain waters.

Catfish: (silurus glanis), referred to by people as “smolt”, is spread mainly in the plain rivers and lakes, as well as in the Danube river and the Danube Delta. It is the largest fish in our country. The fishing period starts from June and lasts until November.

Carp: (cyprinus Carpio). In our country it is mainly encountered in the plain waters, in accumulation lakes, in the Danube, in the Danube Delta, in certain slow flowing rivers and is one of the most desired trophies by the sports fishermen. Currently, there are several kinds of carp (Romanian, Salonta, Novac…). Its breeding takes place in April-May, when fishing is prohibited.

Pike: (Esox Lucius) is the perfectly endowed by nature predator, located at the top of the food chain in sweet water ecosystems. Its breeding period takes place after the melting of the glaciers, that is in February-March. Widely spread in the Danube Delta, in the plain waters, accumulation lakes, the pike can reach over 1 meter in length and 25 kilos in weight, and there have been cases when specimens much larger were found (however, not ratified). The minimum size of the caught specimens is of 50 centimeters.

Zander: (Stizostedion lucioperca), spread in the stagnant plain waters and in the Danube river, from which they go upstream of lower course of large rivers, goes down up to the Delta also entering easily salted coastline lakes. The minimum length legally admitted for fishing is of 40 centimeters.

Hunting cabins in the Caras-Severin county

We regard the hunting cabins in our county as pretty well equipped. Here is where the rustic perfectly blends with the serviceable. Most of them host foreign hunters coming here for various hunting games, and their demands, through not few, are fully met.

No. Forestry Dept. Cabin No. of rooms No. of beds
1 Otelu Rosu Poiana Marului 5 8
2 Baile Herculane Cabana Schit 5 10
3 Baile Herculane Camping 7 Izvoare 4 8
4 Berzasca Perla Clisurii 10 17
5 Sasca Montana Vila I Valea bei 6 12
6 Sasca Montana Vila II Valea bei 4 8
7 Oravita Racasdia 4 8
8 Anina Buhui 6 13
9 Anina Carneala 5 10
10 Nera Semenic 5 8
11 Bocsa Montana Smida 8 16
12 Bocsa Romana Garnita 5 10

Services rendered to hunters, with the view to the organization and performance of hunting activitiesa)

a) Full board:

No. No. of people in the room Category of confort and the afferent tariff
- EURO / day / person -
    I. II. III.
1 1 (one) 80 75 70
2 2 (two) 75 65 60
3 3 (three) or more 70 65 60

Categories of comfort:
I. = room with bathroom or shower and toilet;
II. = room with bathroom or shower and common toilet;
III = room without bathroom or shower and common toilet;
The above listed prices will be divided only in the situation when it is not possible or necessary to provide full board (accommodation + breakfast + lunch + dinner)
The division of the full board for the meal services is done as follows:

Breakfast EUR 10
Lunch EUR 20
Dinner EUR 15
Total price for meals / day EUR 45

The difference up to the level of full board tariff is the accommodation fee, due to each category of comfort.

b) Interpreter (translator):
For a 1-3 people group - EUR 22 / day.
For each person exceeding the group of 3 - EUR 3/day/person

c) c) Transport (outside the hunting ground):
4X4’s or cars EUR 0,50 / km
4X4’s or cars EUR 10,00 /hour
4X4’s or cars EUR 75,00 / day
Vans EUR 0,60 / km
Vans EUR 10 / hour
Vans EUR 115 / day

d) Rentals of hunting carriages:
Tariff per hour EUR 10
Tariff per day EUR 70

e) Rentals of firing weapons:
Hunting shotguns with rail rod barrels EUR 25 / day / piece
Hunting shotguns with rifled barrels EUR 30 / day / piece

f) Photographing and filming:
For hunters, photographing and filming is allowed free of charge within the hunting area where they are authorized to carry out this activity.
For the other categories of citizens, other than certified hunters, photographing and filming of flora and fauna and their habitats, for a commercial purpose, is done only with the land administrator’s approval and the following fees are charged:

Photographing EUR 100 / day / operator
Filming EUR 200 / day / operator

For the operators’ guides, photographing and filming fees are 50% down.
For other services, the above listed tariffs are applied.
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