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The game enterprise in Bulgaria is presented by 22,500 red deer, 4,900 fallow deer, 78,000 row deer, 2,100 chamois, 2,500 mouflons, over 37,500 boars, over 8,000 bears, 2,2000 capercallies, hares, partidges, pheasnts.

One of the best red deer populations in the world is in Bulgaria. Among its trophies our country has 4 world records of red deer (including the present one with 273.60 CIC points) and of boars with 158.20 CIC points. Most of the capital trophies evaluated at over over 250 CIC points are Bulgarian.

The newly bred populations of red deer and mountions develop very well, too. Bulgaria ranks second in the world by quality of good throphies. International hunting tourism is a priority of the game and fish enterprise in Bulgaria since it provides good income for their development. It's make tourists become real admirers of the unique Bulgarian nature.

Over 2000-2500 foreign hunters a year go shooting in Bulgaria, a large part of them being traditional visitors in the country. The natural conditions, the strict observance of the Game Law and the Rules for its application, as well the scince-based game hunting in Bulgaria give hopes that the country will preserve its position of a leader in this field.

Having a game shooting license in Bulgaria provides a possibility of gaining trophies of brown bear, chamois, ibex and capercaillie. Their prices confirm to the international requirements and are reasonable for hunters who value high trophy collections and hunting tourism.

Hunting of wolves, jackals and foxes, pheasants, partidges, pigeons and will ducks is full of emotion. The specialised modern equipment of the forestry enterprise, consisting of over 110 huts and hunter's houses, provides more than 1100 beds and all necessary conditions.

Foreign hunters are welcomed at a Bulgarian airport or at a certain border inspection point by an agent of the touring agency, that has signed the contract, or by a representative of the Game Breeding Station, where hunting is going to take place. The transfer from the airport to the Station is carried out in accordance with the provisions of the contract for the organized hunting tourism by the touring agency of by the Game Breeding Station if requested. An interpreter, provided by the touring agency or the Game Breeding Station, is at disposal to accompany hunters.

The Director of the Station or a delegated person issues hunting certificates for foreign hunters (in a format approved by NFB) or permits for hunting.



Fishing

Fishes in Bulgaria:

1. Sweet/fresh water (Siluroides) (Alburnus alburnus), grey mullet, chub (Mugil cephalos), carp (Cyprinos carpio), sheat-fish (Silarus glanus), (Perca fluviatilis), pike (Esox lucius), pike-perch (Stizostedion lucioperca), (Salmo trutta fario), (Salmo gairdneri irideus), (Salvelinus fontinalis). Most of these fishes are over 2kg and can be prepared and eaten or returned in water depends on wish. There are lots of small kind fishes for fun and food. Harpooning in sweet water is forbidden in Bulgaria. Forbidden time for fishing concerning spawning, month May for all sweet water fishes, only for (Salmo) in mountains Oct. to Dec. For anglers Black Sea (salt water) is allowed the whole year.

2. Black Sea / salt water fishes - (Mesogobis), (Mugil cephalus), (Liza aurata), blue fish (Pomatomus saltrix), tunny (Palamis sarda), turbot (Psetta maxima maeotica), (Trachurus mediterraneus ponticus) and small dog-sharks (Squalidae). Harpooning allowed the whole year. There are no dangerous fishes in Black Sea. Also the only kind of shark, the dog-shark is small (15 kg. Max.) and never attacks people. The only way to see and catch such a shark is to go with a boot 4-5 km from the shore and to fish them in deep water.

Rivers in Bulgaria

The rivers (map of bulgarian rivers) rise mainly in the highest mountains, and flow into the Black Sea (via the Danube) and into the Aegean Sea. Bulgaria has 526 rivers longer than 2.3 km. The only navigable river is the Danube, which flows along the northern Bulgarian border.

There are good opportunities for adventure tourism: wild water rafting and canoeing, diving, delta- and para-gliding in the valleys of the Vatcha, Iskar, Chepelarska, Struma, and Mesta rivers.

The Longest Rivers in Bulgaria

Name Length (Km)
Balkana
Iskar 368,0
Toundga 349,5
Maritsa 321,6
Osum 341,0
Struma 290,0
Yantra 285,5
Kamchiya 244,5
Arda 241,3
Louda Kamchiya 200,9
Roussenski Lom 196,9
Natural lakes are about 330 in number; the largest are the Black Sea lakes (Alepou, Arkoutino, Pomorie, Beloslav, Bourgas, Varna, Shabla lakes); the most numerous (more than 260) are the high glacial lakes in the Rila and Pirin mountains. There are a lot of artificial lakes and reservoirs in Bulgaria.

Dams have been built as a part of waterpower systems Iskar, Arda, Batak Water Power System, Belmeken-Sestrimo, Dospat-Vucha, and a great number of smaller dams

List of rivers in Bulgaria (it includes all the rivers which flow even one meter in Bulgaria).
Note: in Bulgarian, reka means river.
Archar
Arda - Length: 241,3km
Balkana
Batova reka
Bistritsa
Byala reka (Bulgarian: White river)
Danube
Deleynska reka
Dospat
Dzhulyunitsa
Erma
Fakiyska reka
Iskar (or Iskur) - Length: 368km
Cherni Iskar
Palakariya
Kamchiya - Length: 244,5km
Golyama Kamchiya (Bulgarian: Big Kamchiya)
Luda Kamchiya (Crazy Kamchiya) - Length: 200,9km
Krumovitsa
Lebnitsa
Lom
Beli Lom (Bulgarian: White Lom)
Cherni Lom (Bulgarian: Black Lom)
Roussenski Lom - Length: 169,9km
Luda Yana (Bulgarian: Crazy Yana)
Maritsa - Length: 321,6km
Matevir
Mechka (Bulgarian: Bear)
Mesta
Bela Mesta (Bulgarian: White Mesta)
Cherna Mesta (Bulgarian: Black Mesta)
Ogosta
Osam (or Osum) - Length: 241km
Provadiyska reka (Bulgarian: River of Provadia)
Pyasachnik (Bulgarian: Sandstone)
Ropotamo
Rusokastrenska reka (Bulgarian: River of Rusokastro)
Sazliyka
Shirokolashka reka (Bulgarian: River of Shiroka Laka)
Stara reka (Bulgarian: Old river)
Struma - Length: 290km
Rilska reka
Strumeshnitsa
Stryama
Suha reka (Bulgarian: Dry river)
Topolnitsa (in Bulgarian, Topola means poplar)
Tsibriditsa
Tundzha (or Toundja) - Lenght: 349,5km
Vit
Beli Vit (Bulgarian: White Vit)
Cherni Vit (Bulgarian: Black Vit)
Voynishka reka (Bulgarian: Soldiers river)
Vacha
Varbitsa
Veleka
Yantra - Length: 285,5km
Rositsa
Zlatna Panega (Bulgarian: Golden Panega)

Lakes in Bulgaria

Bulgaria has a relatively low number and small area of natural wetlands. Nevertheless, due to its key biogeographical position on the Balkan peninsula, in Europe and the Western Palearctic, it is characterized with an especially rich biodiversity. A significant part of it is concentrated in wetlands.

This invaluable natural resource - the water, is concentrated in the big rivers and artificial lakes. The biggest artificial lakes in Bulgaria are "Iskar", "Ogosta", "Devin". The Bulgarian natural lakes are an irresistible tourist attraction. There are many spas in Bulgaria.
The best known natural lakes are the Seven Rila Lakes (Rila Mountain). Others natural lakes:

Lake Ledenika - highest altitude 2,715 m (Rila)
Lake Okoto (The Eye) the deepest one - 39 m (Rila)
Lake Popovo, 480 m long, 336 m large (Pirin)

List of Artificial Lakes (reservoirs) in Bulgaria:
Alexander stamboliiski
Asenovec
Aheloj
Batak
Beglika
Beli Lom
Belmeken
Borovica
Vacha
Georgi Trajkov
Golyam Beglik
Gorni Dabnik
Domlyan
Dospat
Dyakovo
Enica
Jrebchevo
Ivajlovgrad
Iskar
Jovkovci
Kalin
Kamchia
Karagojol
Kokalyane
Koprinka
Krichim
Kula
Kardjali
Malko Sharkovo
Ognyanovo
Ogosta
Pancharevo
Poroj
Pchelina
Pyasachnik
Rabisha
Rozov Kladenec
Sopot
Srechenska bara
Studen kladenec
Studena
Saedinenie
Ticha
Topolnica
Toshkov chark
Trakiec
Hristo Smirnenski(Yantra)
Chaira
Shiroka polyana
Yasna polyana
Yastrebino



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