"From the minute we arrived I sensed we were in for a good day. The setting amongst the snow with the fires, horn blowers and the charming shooting hut was wonderful. The day got better and better and the birds presented were of a consistent high quality all day. My friends and I have shot pheasants all over the UK and we all remarked that it was one of the best days shooting we have ever had. The ceremonies and the two horn players helped make it and we all have fantastic memories." Andrew Downton (UK)
"Many thanks for your efforts on our behalf, everything went like clockwork without the feeling of being on an organized trip". Dan Lazenby (UK)
"A belated email to thank you for organising a thoroughly enjoyable shooting party. The people that looked after us at the castle were delightful and attentive." Charles Peck (UK)
"This is the real Eastern European shooting experience. Impeccable organisation and great fun, many thanks." Edward Aspinall (UK)
"It was a very interesting group with five couples from England and three couples from America. I can say without exception that each couple enjoyed the entire experience. Your staff that met us at the Corinthia Hotel and gave us a tour on the way to Karoli Castle were very pleasant and full of knowledge. The Karoli Castle was a fun place to stay with lots of history and beautiful surroundings. The ladies were there to tour and shop and have fun together and they all very much accomplished that. The men were there to shoot birds, and shoot we did.
The first shoot close to the Castle was first class. I very much liked the seven drives and the rotation that allowed everyone to have great shooting. The birds were strong and high and well displayed. I have shot all over the world and on some of the best shoots in England and Wales and your birds were as good and any of them. The second day on the Estate Karikas was even better. On the next to the last drive, I was on the left end and I had some of the very best tall birds that I have every seen. It was a real challenge and lots of fun. The professional way that the hunt was conducted with hunting horns, beautiful displays to honor the birds and formal presentations added to the experience.
Thank you again very much for all your efforts to make this a very pleasant experience. We all hope to return another year." Bob Claytor (USA)
"My wife, Eileen, and I have taken a few trips for Shooting in Europe over the last 30 years - Scotland, Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Some Countries as many as thrice. We have always injoyed the shooting and the ambience.
I must say that Ben's organization has now presented us with an overall wonderful shooting and living experience equal or better than any past one in our experience. The attention to detail and care of his clients is , to me, exemplary and we both look forward to being a part of his presentations in the future". Fenton P. Cordell (USA)
"This trip was equal to shooting in England is every way. High birds and plenty of them! Far better weather! Lovely lodging at Chateau Bela! Service was at the highest level, both in the field and at the residence. I look forward to our return again next year." Charles Israel (USA)
"Ben, Peter and Lenka, what a fabulous hunt and vacation we had in Slovakia! Hank and I were thrilled with the Chateau Bela accommodation - very grand and so wonderful to come back to after a day of shooting. The bird hunting was spectacular! We loved the formal opening and closing ceremonies with the bugles, gamekeeper, and director of the estate. Fantastic birds, beautiful pheasants, great venues for the shooting - different every day! Well worth the trip over from the States! Elisabeth and Hank Sames (USA)
"This was our first trip to Slovakia. Janis and I fond the country beautiful, the people very pleasant and friendly and the pagentry of the pheasant hunt with bugles and speeches quite moving and memorable.
The hunt, which was our primary focus of bring here, ended up to be outstanding with high birds and plenty of them.
The accommodation at Chateau Bela was wonderful and representative of the hospitality received of everyone. Thank you for such a memorable trip, we look forward to returning next year." Bruce Taher and Janis Houston (USA)