Quite a few hunters in the West assume that if Russia in the days of Czars was an aristocratic society, and the USSR – a totalitarian state, then the average person never had a chance to own a firearm and to hunt. Nothing could be further from the truth. Today, about 2% of the Russians have hunting permits and own guns – which is less than in the US or Scandinavia, but more than in Germany – and in the past the proportion was definitely much higher.
For the tribes who practiced slash-and-burn agriculture in the unbroken woods of Eastern Europe, and identified themselves as the Rus’, hunting was the second most important activity. Continue reading