Lynx – Mountain
The Carpathian Lynx (Lynx lynx) is the largest lynx species, ranging in length from 80 to 130 cm and standing 60–75 cm at the shoulders. The tail measures 11 to 24.5 cm in length. Males usually weigh from 18 to 30 kg and females weigh 8 to 21 kg. It has powerful, relatively long legs, with large webbed and furred paws that act like snowshoes. It also possesses a short tail with an all-black tip, black tufts of hair on its ears, and a long grey-and-white ruff. Over 2000 lynx live in Romania, including most of the Carpathian population.
During the summer, the Carpathian Lynx has a relatively short, reddish or brown coat, which tends to be more brightly coloured in animals living at the southern end of its range. In winter, however, this is replaced by a much thicker coat of silky fur that varies from silver-grey to greyish brown. The underparts of the animal, including the neck and chin, are white all time of the year. The fur is almost always marked with black spots, although the number and pattern of these are highly variable. Some animals also possess dark brown stripes on the forehead and back. Although spots tend to be more numerous in animals from southern populations, Carpathian Lynx with heavily spotted fur may exist close to others with plain fur.
Carpathian lynx make a range of vocalizations, but are generally silent outside of the breeding season. They have been observed to mew, hiss, growl, and purr, and, like domestic cats, will “chatter” at prey that is just out of reach. Mating calls are much louder, consisting of deep growls in the male, and loud “meow”-like sounds in the female. Carpathian lynx are secretive, and because the sounds they make are very quiet and seldom heard, their presence in an area may go unnoticed for years. Remnants of prey or tracks on snow are usually observed long before the animal is seen. Adult lynx requires 1.1 to 2 kilograms of meat per day, and may take several days to fully consume some of their larger prey. Their main hunting methods are stalking, sneaking and jumping on prey, although they are also ambush predators when conditions are suitable. In winter certain snow conditions make this harder and the animal may be forced to switch to larger prey. Carpathian lynx hunt using both vision and hearing, and often climb onto high rocks or fallen trees to scan the surrounding area. A very powerful predator, these lynxes have successfully killed adult deer weighing to at least 150 kg.
The mating season for Carpathian lynx lasts from January to April. The female typically comes into oestrus only once during this period, lasting from four to seven days, but if the first litter is lost, a second period of oestrus is common. Pregnant females construct dens in secluded locations, often protected by overhanging branches or tree roots. The den may be lined with feathers, deer hair, and dry grass to provide bedding for the young. Gestation lasts from 67 to 74 days, and results in the birth of one to four kittens. At birth, Carpathian lynx kittens weigh 240 to 430 grams and are blind and helpless. They initially have plain, greyish-brown fur, attaining the full adult colouration around eleven weeks of age. The eyes open after ten to twelve days. The kittens begin to take solid food at six to seven weeks, when they begin to leave the den, but are not fully weaned for five or six months. The den is abandoned two to three months after the kittens are born, but the young typically remain with their mother until they are around ten months of age (the start of the next breeding season). Carpathian lynx reach sexual maturity at two or three years.
Limited hunting is permitted but the population is stable. If you intend to go lynx hunting in Carpathian Mountains of Romania, you should start tracking lynx movements immediately after the first snowfall. This way the hunters can find out the number of lynxes in the area and the structure of the population. In lynx hunting one professional hunter acts as a beater chasing the animal towards the shooters, or a dog can be used. A snow suit allows a shooter to better blend in with the wintry landscape. The lynx has excellent hearing. The shooters must remain as quiet as possible as they lie in wait. The lynx picks up gun loading sounds, the creaking of snow underfoot or the crackle of a walkie-talkie from far away. Lynx, also known as “The Shadow of the Forest”, is the most elusive creature in the Carpathian Mountains tree fields. This is Carpathian’s toughest cat to get, and that is the reason there are very few outfitters that hunt them. Hunting for lynx is almost totally whether dependent. However, the reward is totally awesome when you finally are successful as the Carpathian Lynx is Romanian’s beautiful cat and probably the most awesome cat on the planet! The most important trophies from Romania are a fur of 173,37 CIC points and a skull of 28,05 CIC points.
Period of Hunting
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Package off the hunting Lynx is 1100 euro + Trophy Price
The price includes:
- 4 days guided hunting 1:1
- 5 days accommodation with full board Romanian Hunting License
- Assistance throughout the hunting
- Planning a hunting ground (holes, huts, tents and camouflage towers, decoys, callers and others)
- Return transfers between the airport and the hunting district
- All transport in the hunting district
The price does not include:
- Trophy Fees
- Shipment of trophies home
- Recording in full hd video and pictures of the hunts (extra costs)
- Drinks, gratuities and everything else not mentioned under “the price includes”
Trophy Price – Lynx : 1000 euro
The following list of items is what AHSFT (Association of Hunters and Sports Fishermen Tomis) considers to be a necessity to enjoy a lynx hunt in Romania to the fullest, and we suggest not leaving home without them.
Medication / Toiletries:
- First aid kit, personal medication
- Painkillers / aspirin
- Dextrose (eg dextroamphetamine Energen) / multivitamin-mineral
- Wound Creme (eg Bepanthen) wound disinfectant ointment (eg Betaisadona) for minor injuries
- Toiletries / paper handkerchiefs / Hakle Feucht
- Caliber(30-06; 8×57; 9,3×62; 300wm; 8x68S) / ammunition(norma orix, vulkan) blaser cdp, cdc) rws uni classic, brenneke tog, sako hammerhead / lockable gun case / riflescope 8×56; 2x12x50; 2,5x15x56; 3x12x56
- Tripod , bipod
- Hunting knife max. 14 cm blade length
- Spotting scope / binoculars professional
- Flashlight and headlamp
- Travel Alarm Clock
- Charging for Batteries
- Sunglasses for shining days
- Breathable, lightweight clothing (best Sympatex / Goretex), Silent clothing, wind proof
- Lightweight Loden jacket / windbreaker
- 2 light but tight pants
- Camo color
- Light sweater
- Spare clothes (underwear)
- Belts / Braces
- Handkerchiefs / towels
- Very good, well broken in heavy shoes (no sneakers) with silent sole
- Socks / Tights / Spats
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