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Russia is a very popular destination for hunters because of its unique nature and freedom. You can see both locals and tourists from all over the world hunting in Russia.
If you’ve been to Russia, then you know why this is the case. It’s filled with amazing hunting spots that are virtually untouched by civilization. These hunting spots will surely challenge even the most experienced hunters.
Here in this post I’ll tell you more information about hunting in Russia. I’ll also give some useful tips for those that are actually going to Russia to hunt.
A Long History of Hunting in Russia
Hunting has been practiced in Russia since the 15th century, maybe even earlier than that. The term “hunting” was first used during that time. Before that, they used the term “catchings” to describe the activity of hunting. Indigenous people did it for food. Soon enough, people did it for sport as foreign ambassadors were invited to “lovushka” or hunting grounds in order to hunt.
Different hunting traditions and cultures were established since then. Tsars and Grand Princes established a few traditions as influenced by the European royal courts. Speaking of royal, imperial hunts were also done.
During the Communists time, different hunting clubs were also established. These clubs were sponsored by the state. These clubs were given their own hunting grounds where they hunted in accordance to both local and federal regulations.
Why to Hunt in Russia?
The country is known as “The Last Frontier” of hunting. Surely, it’s a place that you have to visit if you’re a hunter.
Forests are aplenty in the country. These forests are scattered across thousands of miles and are very abundant. These forests have lakes, rivers and waterfalls and are surrounded by picturesque mountains – there are a lot of beautiful nature places in Russia.
This means that it presents a complete hunting experience. These forests are abundant in wildlife that you can hunt and they’ll present you with a challenging experience.
Big Game Hunters are Welcome
If you consider yourself as a big game hunter, then you have to look for the flight to Russia #rightnow. This is because it’s popular for its big game hunting of bears and wolves.
If you’re a bear hunter, you should visit the peninsula of Kamchatka. It’s where you can find a lot of brown bears that can be hunted. These brown bears include the Siberian, Eurasian, Ussuri, Syrian and more. You can also check out the coastal regions.
Bear hunting in the region has a long list of fans. These include Ivan IV Vasilyevich – the Grand Prince of Moscow. He has been at bear hunts since he was 13 years old.
Soon enough, polar bears can be hunted as well as there’s an existing proposal to allow them to be hunted. It can be remembered that hunting polar bears was banned in 1956 as their number dwindled.
How about wolves? They’re considered to be the most widespread among all the big game animals in Russia. This is why hunting them for food and sport is encouraged. This is especially true during the first two months of the year when it’s considered to be the best months to hunt them.
They’ve been hunted for a very long time now. Landowners hunted them using dogs using a strategy wherein a beater with as many as six dogs with him would flush the wolves out into an open area where they’re expected to break. The other hunters, often on horseback, would catch the wolves. The wolves would then be killed using a knife.
Guns have also been used. However, before the Emancipation reform in 1861, only authorized firearm owners were allowed to use guns to hunt them. This is why only soldiers, policemen and wealthy landowners were able to use firearms. However, the wolves quickly became menaces as they attacked livestock and even humans. This is why government hunters were appointed.
Other Hunted Animals
In addition to bears and wolves, smaller animals are also hunted. Hares and foxes are very popular targets together with birds. You can also hunt moose. Walruses were also hunted in the past until the beginning of the 19th century.
Where to Hunt in Russia?
There are countless of places where you can hunt in the country. These can be classified into the following regions:
The Caucasus Mountain is a rugged destination that will challenge even the most experienced hunter. This mountain will present you with an authentic experience as you’d have to stay in a camp in order to hunt. You can hunt the following here:
- Red deer
- Wild boar
- Mid-eastern brown bear
- European bison
2) Central Russia
This is better for beginners as you’ll be hunting on government reserves and private hunting grounds. You can hunt the following here:
- European brown bear
- European moose
- Wild boar
- Red deer
- Manchurian Sika Deer
- European bison
3) Russian Far East, Altai, Kamchatka
The Russian Far East is one of the best places to hunt in Russia. There is more than enough of vast, remote, virtually unsettled land and plenty of wild animals, including three types of brown bears, three subspecies of moose and six varieties of snow sheep, not to mention caribou, wolf, wolverine, walrus and a small game.
Joining an Arranged Hunt in Russia
This is the best way to try hunting in Russia especially if you’re a tourist. An arranged hunt is basically a hunting tour wherein you’ll be provided with everything that you need for a fun and successful hunt.
Why should you join a tour? It’s because you can easily be overwhelmed. A good hunting tour company should employ well-trained and experienced staff and guides that can help you enjoy the experience safely. In addition, you’d get the right tools for the job like a good rifle and ammunition so you don’t have to invest on them just yet.
These guides also know these hunting grounds like the back of their hand. They know where to find the animals in abundance. This is important because how good will the experience be if no animal is in sight? Best of all, they know how to go in and out of these places safely and quickly.
Being trained and experienced hunters themselves, you can also ask them all the questions that you have in mind. In addition to it being a fulfilling experience, it can also be an informational one.
Go Hunting in Russia Today
Contact a group that handles hunting tours in Russia today. Soon enough, you’ll have your very own picture with your game of choice.
If you are planning a hunting trip to Russia and still have some questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the Facebook Comments form below. I’ll be more than welcome to do research and answer any questions you may have.
I wish you a very nice day and see you soon!