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The Beaver Safari.

Each issue of the Russian Hunting Magazine features two stories in condensed translation into English. This is one of these stories from June 2017 issue.

Text and photo by Katarina Stern, Latvia.

What’s that? The enemy of the people, the alarm clock? No, that’s my friends, calling to tell they’re late. A thick fog caught them midway to me. So there’s enough time to pack up – a thermos with coffee, some sandwiches, a rope, two knives, gloves and spare socks go into a big black plastic tub, and the tub goes to the trunk. I’m ready.

I’m ready for my first beaver hunt with dogs. Continue reading

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How to Survive High-Volume Dove Shooting in Argentina.

This is a story I wrote for BookYourHunt, an online platform that connects outfitters and hunters worldwide. If you’re interested in travelling to hunt, this is your place to go – over 2,500 hunting opportunities with about 350 outfitters from 43 countries, convenient search engine and personalized service, and a guarantee that you can’t find a better deal anywhere else. 

Argentina is the wingshooter’s paradise. For a devoted bird hunter, “Cordoba” is not “a town in Spain”, but “doves galore”; other Argentinean provinces, such as Santiago del Estero and Salta, are also famous for dove shooting opportunities, and pigeons as well, and in the province of Entre Rios you can vary your hunting experience with perdiz (partridge) and ducks. The limits on pigeon, perdiz and ducks are generous, and on doves there’s no limit at all – in Argentina, they are pests that do immeasurable damage to agriculture. Hunting is the most efficient of legal crop protection methods, and hunters are often farmers’ only hope, so there’s no moral remorse and no reason to restrain yourself…

… except the amount of shooting you’re going to do. Continue reading

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Gun Control News: Russia to ban guns during Soccer World Cup 2018

On May 9, President Putin signed an executive decree that deals with security during the incoming Soccer World Cup (2018) and Confederations Cup (2017). The decree has provisions for registry of visitors, limiting air and ground traffic, mass assemblies of citizens not relating to the sport – and civilian weapons.

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Article 12 of the decree bans all legal actions with privately owned weapons Continue reading

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Без рубрики, Hunting in Russia

Another story from Russian Hunting Magazine – May 2017

Year of the White-Fronted Goose

by Mikhail Sidorov.

condensed translation into English by Aleksei Morozov

year of the white fronted goose

According to the Chinese calendar, 2016 was the year of the Red Monkey, but for me it was the year of the White-Fronted Goose. Continue reading

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Без рубрики, Russian Hunting Shotguns

Russian Gun Model Identification II: MTs Over/Unders.

Of all shotguns made in Russia, for hunting or clay sports, the easiest ones to answer the “What model is that?” question are the Tula TsKIB over/unders. On most markets they were sold as Vostok, but on some as Baikal (and, of course, there will always be gun dealers for whom every Russian gun is a Baikal). The model name is right on the barrel flats; you don’t even have to remove the barrels to see it – just break the gun open, look at the left side next to the upper edge of the fore-end, and there you have it! There will be the Cyrillic letters МЦ (which some transcribe as MTs, and others as MC, and some even as MU) and the number that follows them is the model number. Here, for instance, you have a MTs 6.

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MTs-6 from Raznoexport catalogue, showing where to look for model number.

The number that follows the model number after a dash is the submodel code. Knowing it, you may be able to tell Continue reading

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The Drama of Perhaps the Finest Baikal Ever

I already mentioned “The Montreal Gun”, created by Leonard Vassev for the 1967 World Expo, in the post about Izhevsk’s best engraver. Thousands of people from all over the world admired this unique specimen of gunmaking art; many were able to appreciate the amount of talent and toil that went into it, but none of them knew what drama lurked behind those graceful lines – or that the gun was in fact No2 of an unvoluntarily matched pair.

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Leonard Vassev’s “Montreal Gun”, right side, “Lenin Afield”. Photo by Mikhail Krechmar.

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