“With so many hunts out there in the world, you can’t know them all, but Bob Kern does. I have hunted and fished on 6 continents over the past 20 years through the Hunting Consortium and have enjoyed every trip. He has never sent me to a bad one. I can’t say the same for the trips that I have arranged myself. I run a large company, with little time for the details that Bob’s experienced staff handles smoothly and completely. I go about my busy schedule until it’s time to get on the airplane and then do so confident that the upcoming adventure is planned with military precision and a thorough knowledge of the game and hunting area. The more experienced I become at worldwide hunting, the more certain I am to book every hunt through the Hunting Consortium.” -Paul Dickson
"Bob Kern and the staff at The Hunting Consortium are great! I have collected ALL of the argali sheep of the world with Bob’s expert help. He and his staff have explored extensively in Asia to help me find the very best areas for the sheep I wanted. This has resulted in several World Records. Their organization is the best I have ever seen!". -Hubert Thummler
"I have used Bob Kern and his company, The Hunting Consortium, since 2013. During this time he has booked and organized for me many hunts for me in Europe and Asia. In Europe I’ve hunted with the Hunting Consortium in Romania, Macedonia, Croatia, and France. They’ve taken me to Asia where I’ve hunted in Tajikistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and even Pakistan. Every hunting trip was magnificently planned and executed! Security was always excellent and never questionable. Hunting success was extremely high along with exceptional trophy quality. I also award excellent grades for quality of vehicles, horses, equipment, camps and lodging, food, travel itineraries and visas with personal meet and greet on arrival at every destination. All of the guides were English speaking guides, and....did I mention SAFETY? In my opinion, it is worth a few bucks more to be confident that all aspects of my hunt has been methodically thought out and that I am in such good hands while traveling abroad. As I reflect back on the number of hunting trips I booked elsewhere in order to finally harvest a particular specie, (2,3,4, and even 5 times for some animals), I wish I had booked with the Hunting Consortium from the very beginning. I can without any hesitation highly recommend Bob Kern and the Hunting Consortium!". -Richard B. Nilsen
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ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES
Great Britain has had an enormous influence on our hunting heritage. The British Empire reached its zenith in the 1920s, covering almost a quarter of the earth – the largest empire in history. From Africa, Asia, to the western hemisphere, and the South Pacific, Britain spread her influence through language, legal systems, and culture, including the tradition of sport hunting and the love of the outdoor, country life. Today that hunting culture is still alive and well, especially in the highlands of Scotland and Wales.
Most hunting nowadays is done on private estates, where game is managed by professional gamekeepers and where guides follow age old traditions of scientific game management. The game is owned by the landowners and the harvest quotas are set according to the principles of sound management, including good population ratios of sex and age, as well as trophy quality. Most of the common European deer species are found in the U.K., including red deer, fallow deer, roe deer and numerous exotic deer species have been introduced, a byproduct of Britain’s worldwide colonial endeavors during the last two centuries. These include Japanese Sika deer, Manchurian Sika deer, Pere David deer, Chinese water deer, Reeve’s muntjac (all from China), and hog deer from India.
Bird shooting has also retained its popularity, especially the driven shoots for pheasant in England and Wales and for grouse in the Scottish moors. Birds too are intensively managed and estates which can deliver daily bags of up to 1,000 birds get high prices for their driven days, held on specific dates, year after year.
While England is not among the most famous hunting countries of Europe, it certainly is one of the most enjoyable to visit. It’s quaint charm and cultural heritage are unique in the world. Hunting in England is primarily confined to private estates. Excellent red stags may be found from Devon to the Midlands, as well as superior roe deer in the South Downs. Fallow deer are widely available as are rare, introduced species such as Pere’ David’s deer, Chinese water deer, Manchurian Sika deer and Reeve’s muntjac, all imported from China. From India have come hog deer and sambar, as well as chital (Axis deer) and from Japan the Japanese Sika deer.
The Hunting Consortium offers a variety of hunting opportunities on a number of the finest estates in England. All big game species, both native and introduced, are encompassed in our hunt portfolio. Prices vary from estate to estate and are usually based on the quality of the trophy.
Our staff routinely arranges British Firearm Certificates (temporary import permit) or rifle hire, if preferred, and pick-up and delivery from either Heathrow or Gatwick airports, as well as all accommodations and corollary sightseeing programs. Accommodation are had in simple bed and breakfast country inns, or in a variety of hotels in virtually every service class, including private castles. We will gladly match hunting programs and accommodations to the wishes and tastes of the individual client.
Scotland is one of the most popular hunting destinations in Europe. Regional love of the outdoor sports, spectacular scenery, and richness of tradition combine to make a most rewarding and unique experience for any traveling hunter. Traditional hunting (stalking, as it is known locally) is available for red deer, roe deer, fallow deer, Japanese Sika deer, and feral goats. Two types of red stag stalking are offered – traditional “highland” stalking, which involves hunting “hill” stags, which reach modest trophy size, and “trophy” stag stalking, which is limited to a few premium highland hunting estates and some lowland estates. The Scottish feral goat is also available on some estates.
Scotland also offers some of the finest wingshooting in the world. Driven grouse and pheasant shoots can be arranged for groups of at least 6 guns, as can mixed bag shoots of pheasant, partridge, ducks, black grouse, etc. Some walked-up shooting over pointers is also available.
Anglers will know that Scotland is home to some of the finest Atlantic salmon fishing in the world. We offer time on selected river leases and expert advice on this noble pursuit.
Hunting Consortium currently offer hunting on 32 estates in Scotland, all of which have somewhat different amenities, services, and prices. Therefore, we prefer to quote stalking and shooting programs in Scotland on an individual basis. Each itinerary and quotation is designed to meet the needs of each individual client or group.
Accommodations in Scotland also vary in the extreme. Everything can be had from simple bed and breakfast country inns, a variety of hotels in virtually every service class, up to and including private castles. We will gladly match accommodations to the wishes and tastes of the individual client.
United Kingdom Species List:
- European Red Deer
- Scottish Red Deer
- European Fallow Deer
- European Roe Deer
- Chinese Water Deer
- Hog Deer
- Japanese Sika Deer
- Manchurian Sika Deer
- Reeve’s (Chinese) Muntjac
- Pere’ David Deer
- Soay Sheep
- Scottish Feral Goat
- Driven Pheasant
- Driven Grouse
- Walked-up Grouse
- Mixed Shooting (Hare, Rabbit, Duck, Pheasant, etc.)