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Croatia – the country of hunting
«Croatia – the country of hunting» is the motto under which this year's biggest European fair of fishing and hunting , «Jagd & Hund 2010», was recently held in Dortmund, gathering 680 exhibitors from 36 countries.

It is a specialised fair promoting hunting, fishing, dogs and nature.

There are over 1,060 hunting grounds in Croatia, spreading over 5,500 square kilometres, some of them with a superb offering. They have been taken care of for the past 85 years by the Croatian hunting Association (HLS), numbering 55,00 members and 10,000 other hunters today.

10,000 foreign hunters visit Croatian hunting grounds every year. In order to increase these numbers even more, the HLS is renovating high quality hunting facilities.

Croatia is extremely rich in preserved and various nature. It is a signatory of all international conventions on nature preservation. 18 percent of the national territory as well as many animal and plant species are under protection. On 2.7 million hectares of forests, 4,500 plant species and subspecies can be found, 260 indigenous tree species and more than 100 plant habitats. Around 48 percent of the continental territory of Croatia is covered by forests, belonging to some of the most well-preserved and healthiest forests in Europe.

What natural beauties, the warm sea and Mediterranean climate mean for Adriatic tourism, hunting, fishing and rural tourism mean to continental tourism in Croatia.

One can get the best glimpse into the Croatian hunting culture and part of its natural heritage concerning the animal world of Croatian regions in the hunting Museum in Zagreb. Its role today is to educate visitors about an urgent sense for the need to preserve and protect nature, to further the natural richness and to raise awareness about the need to preserve the flora and fauna and nature as a whole. Since game trophies cannot be taken across borders, the Hunting Museum harbours all those bought off by Croatia.

These trophies make a special impression on visitors, which stays with them for a very long time. On two storeys, on over a thousand square metres, the permanent exhibition is displayed, according to thematic collections. Visitors can see more than 400 game trophies, an osteological collection with over 200 fossils, a collection with over a thousand birds' eggs, around 350 stuffed mammals and birds, 52 hunting weapons, almost 200 pieces of hunting equipment and ammunition and a collection of over 400 hunting badges and medals.

The ambiance display of habitats of the animal and plant world of Croatian regions and the simulation of a natural environment is achieved with the presentation of a part of the exhibits in lit sets in ten great dioramas, with the sound of birds and nature playing. The impression of the hunting atmosphere is further enhanced by superbly crafted sets of shooting stads, feeders and other hunting equipment. These exhibits are also an irreplaceable teaching aid in the education of those attending hunting vocational schools and colleges.

Of particular interest in the museum are several fossils of moos and deer, a rich collection of atypical, abnormal and other game trophies as well as the osteological collection of bones.

The museum also shows the historical development of hunting weapons from the times that gunpowder came into use, the development of hunting archery, hunting equipment, damaged and exploded hunting weapons, etc.

The entire museum plays the sound of birds and nature, so visitors truly feel as if they are in nature.

The museum's collections are a testimony to the hundreds of years of the Croatian hunting tradition.

It would truly be a shame to come to Zagreb and not to visit the Hunting Museum and not to get away from the hectic everyday life of the city, not to feel the call of the green expanses with the rich fauna of enviably well-preserved hunting grounds.

Croatian Hunting Association
www.hks.com.hr
 
 

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