The Special purpose state hunting grounds in the Kočevje region (LPN in the Kočevje region) is located in the northwestern part of the Dinaric Alps and covers 68,537 hectares.
The most important game species in the LPN in the Kočevje region are red deer, wild boar and roe deer. The LPN in the Kočevje region is permanently settled by all three species of large carnivores, the brown bear, wolf and lynx. It was exactly in this area that in 1973 lynx was again successfully settled in Slovenia.
The LPN in the Kočevje region includes two large fenced game reserves, each sized 1,000 ha. The main type of game in the two reserves is the wild boar.
In accordance with the decision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food for the hunting of certain protected species we may also offer hunting of brown bear in the hunting ground.
Description of the hunting grounds
LPN in the Kočevje region extends in the northwestern part of the Dinaric Alps, in the forest, forested and agricultural landscape.
The greater part of the hunting area consists of the Rog and Gotenica Massif. Most of the area is also included in Natura 2000. Part of the LPN territory was a closed area in the past, which together with dense forestation of the territory and favorable feeding conditions allowed for a diverse and stable environment for the most important game species and carnivores.
In the west, the LPN in the Kočevje region is limited by the Ribnica Karst field, in the east by the river Krka and the region of Bela Krajina, and in the south by the canyon of the river Kolpa.
The hunting ground is divided into 16 districts, in which the work is done by professional district hunters.
The hunting ground also includes two large fenced game reserves, each sized 1,000 ha.
Description of the game
In the LPN in the Kočevje region the most important game is red deer, roe deer and wild boar.
The main type of game in both fenced game reserves is wild boar, in addition, there are also red deer, fallow deer and mouflon.
In the areas of the LPN in the Kočevje region all three species of large carnivores are constantly present, namely the brown bear, wolf and lynx. It was in the very area of Kočevski Rog in 1973 that lynx was reintroduced in Slovenia. It was one of the most successful repopulations of lynx in Europe, as the lynx from Slovenia populated the entire area of the Dinaric Alps.
Trophy hunting tourism
In the hunting ground traditional forms of hunting are performed, especially hunting of red deer, wild boar and roe deer. The most common ways of hunting in nature are stalking and stand hunting from high seats, as well as hunting red deer stags during the rutting season. In late autumn and winter, we organize and carry out group hunting in the wild and in both game reserves, especially of wild boar and red deer. The hunting ground is diverse, tidy and accessible, allowing hunting to all those who opt for it.
In accordance with the decision of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food for the hunting of certain protected species we may also offer the hunting of brown bear in the hunting ground.
In both fenced game reserves, which are among the largest in this part of Europe, hunting guests can also experience the feeling of genuine, traditional hunting. The main game species in game reserves is wild boar, while also red deer, fallow deer and mouflon are present.
In addition to the culling, hunting also offers direct, genuine contact with unspoiled nature in which the most attractive large carnivores reside, such as brown bear, lynx and wolf.
We also offer hunting guests organized observation of game and large predators in the company of a district hunter.
In addition to the sustainable management of game, wildlife and their environment, the LPN in the Kočevje region also participates in the implementation of various projects, monitoring and scientific research.
Special attention is given to viable populations of endangered and protected species and their habitat. Among the endangered animal species present in the hunting ground, one can find the following: white-tailed eagle, golden eagle, capercaillie and others. The protected animal species in the hunting area are mainly large carnivores, the brown bear, lynx and wolf.
Accommodation and catering services
Hunting guests can be accommodated in the LPN in the Kočevje region, either in hunting houses where the professional district hunters live, or in hunting lodges. Accommodation within the hunting area enables a genuine contact with the untouched nature in which the red deer live, as well as game and other wildlife observation.
The trophy game species hunted are the result of good management in the hunting area as well as the result of several days of hunting guest’s contact with nature and his/her movement in the hunting ground.
A hunting guest receives the trophy once the hunting ends, after the trophy is prepared and assessed under current CIC grading system. Depending on the customer’s wishes, we provide him/her with an adequate conservator for the preparation of a taxidermy specimen of the hunted animal.
In the event that the hunting guest does not originate from the EU countries, LPN will cooperate and assist in providing the export documentation required for the export of trophies.
The price list of the special purpose state hunting grounds managed by Slovenia Forest Service states that hunting in the LPNs is organized professionally and in compliance with all relevant legislation. In addition to financial value the price list also includes instructions that determine internal rules of hunting in the LPNs managed by Slovenia Forest Service.
In addition to hunting, the hunting guests in the LPN in the Kočevje region can also attend other activities. Most often they explore the Kočevje region by hiking, biking, fishing, visiting tourist farms with rich gastronomic offer of traditional meals, bathing in natural swimming pools and the Dolenjske Toplice Thermal Spa.