Без рубрики, Hunting in Russia

A Bit of History.

Czar Falconry

Czar Alexey Mikhailovich (1629-1676; r. 1645-1676) was perhaps the most sporting of Russian monarchs; the first Russian dedicated hunting book ever – “Урядник сокольничья пути” (The Master of the Way of Falconry) – is said to be composed by him personally, or at least at his direct and competent supervision.

Czar falcon and gun

Hawking and coursing, naturally, comprised the lion’s share of Czar Alexey’s sport, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t room for firearms. Guns were used to dispatch the cripples that escaped to water, and when waterfowl would not rise from their safe position in the middle of the lake, the Czar’s hunters would fire their guns at the birds, to make them fly.

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Без рубрики, Hunting in Russia

A Bit of History.

The first record of hunting birds with firearms in Russia dates back to 1602. Prince Johann, brother of Christian, King of Denmark, travelled to Moscow to be engaged to Xenia, daughter of Boris Godunov, then Czar of Russia. On his way, Prince Johann shot “little ducks” with a samopal (a “self-firing” gun, i.e., a wheel lock or a flint lock), and “returned to town late and was very pleased”, writes Nikolai Kutepov in his “Great Princes and Czars Hunting on the Rus’, IX-XVI Centuries”  (1896).

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