It is essential to know about hunting on Sapientza.

The Sapientza Island is 300 kilometres away from Athens. You may hunt for a Sapientza mouflon or Kri Kri ibex during the four-day (Monday-Thursday) expedition in November, if the weather conditions do not allow the boat to reach the island. You may still hunt on Friday if the weather conditions prevent the boat from reaching the island. Weekend hunting is not permitted. It is advisable to book return tickets that are flexible. If an animal is shot and escapes, the hunter will continue hunting until he draws blood, at which point the hunt will be terminated and the animal will be sought. If the animal is wounded and escapes without being seen by the hunter, it will be considered dead. The search for the wounded animal will continue, and the hunter will receive it if it is found. Hunt during the booked hunting days is good until trophy is taken or wounded, or two reasonable chances have been missed or passed over.  Every morning at 8:00 a.m., we join the forestry official and the preserve hunting representative at Methoni quay to take the only official hunting boat out. As the sun rises, bathing the island in its warm rays, we arrive. It is 8:30-8:50 a.m. when we arrive. The captain drops us off at one of the four small docks, depending on how high the waves are and what we want to do.

The Kri Kri goat originated on Crete, but over time crossbred with the local wild goats, producing all Kri Kris living in mainland Greece as hybrids with distinctive color and large, twisted horns. Ibexes on Sapientza Island, in contrast, are a purebred population descended from Cretan Ibexes with modest, straight horns that were introduced more than 40 years ago.
After 14:00, the island is a pure Kri Kri and mouflon preserve. No one may remain there overnight. We are unable to visit the island between 8:30 and 14:00 three or four days each week if the weather is nice and the waves aren’t too big, because hunting is then permitted. We might be able to conquer any peak we saw an animal at the island’s highest point, which is 200 metres high. It would take us an hour to get there, if we weren’t in a rush.
Months before the hunting season begins, preparation for Kri Kri hunting begins. You must apply to the state department in charge of islands and Kri Kri hunting for hunting licenses in order to purchase the number of tags we require in order to allow hunters access to the island.
The hunting program for a particular year determines the quantity of these permits, which are limited in quantity. Before the hunting program is created and authorised by the Greek government and the Ministry of forests and agriculture, it is inspected for compliance with rules, terms, and conditions months in advance. These conditions are typically minor or infrequent year after year. You may find the previous year’s translated documents on our website.

Before applying for a hunting license, you must pay the associated fees. If you are not awarded a hunting license for the current season, you can sign up for a waiting list for the subsequent season and learn more about hunting laws. Hunting is only allowed in this area if you have permission from the government, as it is a protected zone and special access is permitted by law. Hunting is permitted in teams, as stipulated by the government’s strategy. Every team has a set hunting zone and weapon list. Before approaching Greek officials, you must get the necessary documents to hunt in the country. Shotguns are the only weapons permitted for hunting. If you do not get a trophy or wound an animal or miss two reasonable opportunities, you will lose your license. This hunt will remain in effect until a trophy is taken, an animal is wounded, or two reasonable chances are missed or passed over.

All fees for general hunting  licenses for Greece and the local special permit  and all expenses prior to hunting are covered by the price, which includes transportation from Athens to Methoni and back, translation and legalization of all paperwork required for shooting 1 (one) Kri Kri or/and 1 (one) mouflon, leather processing and elaboration, and hunting equipment – shotgun. Hunting guide.  Hunting is individual but in a group with hunting guide, all the time hunters are being accompanied by forestry officials.
Not included are the taxes that could be changed from the government  :
State harvest fee /It is to be defined by the ecologist on duty depending on the antler length and varies between 350 and 800 EUR per adult animal. It is payable directly to the local forestry office by bank, but only in case of harvested game. (This fee is to be approved by the Minister of forests and agriculture each year).
Carriage fee per person by boat to the island /50 EUR per person, if the group exceeds 6 people or 300 EUR shared by the hunters, if less than 6 people. It is payable every day.  VAT 24% – The tax is payable on the whole hunting amount. /All of the above-mentioned prices are excluding VAT/

All hunters must comply with the rules published in the official hunting program. You can see the official translation of the document here hunting regulations.Because of the limited number of hunting licenses being issued for hunting in Sapientza Island, booking the particular dates is limited to the numbers published into the official hunting program for the current year. Booking a particular hunting date requires 50% prepayment. The remaining amount is payable until the hunting start.  Hunters’ number in a group and groups’ number is defined in the official hunting program approved by the Minister of forests and agriculture. In order to get an up-to-date information about the free hunting dates, you can contact us at our company email: info@krikrihunt.eu

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