MAJA ČANJEVAC FROM CROATIA
FACE is sharing the stories of women hunters to learn more about their motivations, challenges and views. We thank the women hunters who have already shared their experiences with us through our questionnaire. Here’s a snapshot of Maja Čanjevac from Croatia.
Maja Čanjevac Vlak, from Šolta Island in Croatia, started fishing with her parents when she was 35. One year later, she passed the hunting exam and since then, she hasn’t stopped: She hunts every week during the hunting season (from 15th October to 15th January). Wild boar, woodcock, quail, pigeon, duck and goose are some of the species she hunts.
In 2006, Maja participated in the first women hunting meeting in Croatia and in 2007 she became the president of the first Croatian women hunters’ club “Dama dama”. For the last 3 years, this association, which aims to promote hunting ethics and wildlife conservation, has organised the “International Conference of Women Hunters” in Bečej, Serbia.
During the first weekend of December 2016, Maja travelled to Bulgaria to attend an international event for women hunters organised by the Bulgarian’s ladies hunting club “Aurora”. “This is not our first meeting; the gathering has taken place annually in different European countries. Maja stated that: “This meeting was an incredible experience for me because I travelled 2000 km to meet other colleagues from Bulgaria, Hungary or Serbia. We were pleasantly surprised by the warm and friendly welcome we had”.