John 20 Jun 2015
Having shot Western Europe, I wanted to give Eastern Europe a try. I booked a hunt through Ben Meike of Shooting in Slovakia and certainly was happy with the results. We were met at the airport in Vienna, bringing in our own shotguns was a breeze, and we took a wonderful ride through hill and dale to Chateau Bela, a completely restored, magnificent structure, and our home for the next three days. The rooms were the best I have found in Europe and that is saying something. The staff could not have been more accommodating, and the shooting was fantastic, especially for the American shooter, unaccustomed to the 'high' bird shooting of Western Europe. Here the birds were 20 to 40 yards high or higher, and while challenging to some extent, an average shooter could hit all he wanted, and/or wanted to pay for. There were some excellent drives with challenging birds and some easier drives to make sure the inexperience got their chances as well. Great lunches in the farm house on the grounds. Overall, a top notch quality outing.