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Hunting Photo Flashmob

The new flashmob on Facebook that encourages hunters to post their hunting photos may actually fuel up anti-hunting sentiment.

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You log on your Facebook account, click on the red number that flashes up against the little Earth image, and read “So-and-so tagged you in the post”. You know So-and-so to be a fellow hunter, so you click on the post, and see a hunting picture and a request for you to post one, too – to “flood Facebook with hunting pictures instead of junk“. You pick up one of yours, and past it on, tagging another hunting buddy… nothing wrong with it, right? Continue reading

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Some tiger videos.

“Young an inexerienced” is how Konstantin Snezhko captioned this video, showing a 2-3 y.o. Amur tiger that has just been driven off by mother tigress to make an independent start. This is perhaps the most dangerous time in a tiger’s life – natural curiosity combined with lack of experience can easily get one into trouble, and the need to cover vast distances in search of appropriate territory only makes things worse.

This search will sometimes take tigers to places totally unsuitable for them – like a big city. The big city in question is Vladivostok, a major port on the Russian Pacific coast, and capital of the Primorye Region that houses Russia’s tiger population. The city authorities used to deny the tigers’ existence within city limits – until October of 2016, when one was captured by a dashboard camera.

It took a few days to locate and immobilize the animal, but – surprize, surprize – it wasn’t the end of it. Just a week later another tiger was caught in Vladivostok! Both tigers were placed in a special tiger shelter and relocated into the wilderness after being vetted and equipped with tracking collars. They apparently thrived on a diet of grabage and stray dogs (dogs being a delicasy for Amur tigers), found ample shelter in parks and abandoned industrial and construction areas, so they were probably not the first and certainly not the last tigers to visit Vladivostok.

How numerous and healthy is Russia’s tiger population is an open question. Environmentalist bodies such as WWF, especially when on a donation drive, claim that Russian tigers are dangerously low in numbers and balance on the edge of extinction. The alternative opinion is that Primorye’s tiger population, estimated at about 600 animals, is healthy and sustainable. The number of tiger encounters seems to support the latter – but it  doesn’t mean, of course, that tigers shouldn’t be rigorously guarded. Like on this video, where a protective tigress meets anti-poaching squad.

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Hunting in Russia

Wild Pigs, Government Offices and Old Presumptions.

Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself within a forest dark, and unlike Dante, I’m not speaking metaphorically. Dusk was setting as I was riding the snowmobile behind the gamekeeper to the stationary blind where I was to wait for wild boar – my first big-game hunt in the whole 40 years of my life. Why did a born hunter like me take so long to even try it? That’s a long story – and it’s less about me and more about the how hunting in Russia is (and in the USSR was) organized. Continue reading

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Conservation

Conservation conflict: ending the conflict. by Rob Yorke, The Field, April 23 2016.

All right, so what if this blog is at present mostly about Russian hunting whatever, that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in larger conversational issues – if only at the “hit the bloody repost button” level. So here goes:

Rob Yorke. Conversation Conflict: Ending the Conflict

Why am I reposting (all right, linking and commenting on) it?

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“Harvest and Use of Polar Bears in Chukotka”

If you have a real serious interest in polar bears, you must have this book – because this is about the only recent and reliable source of information in the English language on the Russian population of the species. For hunters and conservationalists, biologists and sociologists alike, the book provides tons of data. Its main question is “what do local people think of polar bears and what they do to them”, but it has answers for a whole lot more, from “Does introduction of a species in the endangered lists do anything to its survival?” to “Is global warming real?”.

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Anatoly is my Livejournal friend, and perhaps the greatest living Russian authority on Polar bears. This book is the result of decades of field trips, biological and sociological studies.For a free download of the book in English click here.

Anatoly is also a fantastic photographer. See for yourself:

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and visit his Livejournal page for more.

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Hunting in Russia

In September 2015 Issue of Russian Hunting Magazine.

Each issue of Russian Hunting Magazine contains condensed English translations of selected articles. In September 2015, those include Aleksei Waisman’s story of the Saiga, the only European species of antelope, brought to near extinction by poaching for its antlers (used in traditional Chinese medicine). On a more positive note, Dmitry Karmanov tells a few anecdotes from his bird hunting trip to the South of Russia, hunting grey partridge and pheasant over his Brittany, Muse.
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