Bears on Okhotsk sea coast, Russia
Без рубрики, News

2019: Bad Year for Human-Bear Conflicts in Russia

Conflicts between humans and the brown bear are on the rise across the predator’s range, in both North America and Eurasia. In Russia in the year of 2019, however, they’re taking an especially nasty turn. The year isn’t over yet, and the official stats have not been released, but we’re talking about dozens – probably over a hundred – bear-related deaths.

The worst thing is, while attacks on hunters, fishermen, berry and mushroom gatherers and other outdoors people are kinda the name of the game, as many as two people in Russia have been killed by bears in 2019 right in the middle of settlements! Continue reading

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A scenery from a hunting trip on Kamchatka
BookYourHunt, Conservation, Hunting in Russia

International Hunters in Russia: Meditation over an anonymous survey.

It all started from a seemingly innocent question: How do international hunters see hunting in Russia? To answer this, I did what I often do: create an anonymous questionnaire and post the link on Facebook. In addition, I asked our friends at BookYourHunt.com to send the link to their clients who’d booked a hunt in Russia with them. The results were surprising in many ways, starting with the numbers: I’m certain the posts reached at least 50,000 Facebook users, members of hunting-related groups, but the survey yielded only 5 responses. The same number was obtained through BookYourHunt.com. This doesn’t make the sample too representative, but the results are still thought-provoking. Continue reading

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Medved-3 self-loading hunting rifles
Без рубрики, Russian Hunting Rifles

Medved-3: A Soviet Hunting Carbine

Medved’ (“bear”) is a series of Russian semiautomatic hunting carbines. Unlike some later rifles, Medved is not a sporterized military action. The first generation – there were four all in all – was designed in the early 1960s and were chambered for the 9.3x54R round. They were volume produced to supply professional hunters with something more efficient than Mosin, Mauser, and other bolt-action rifles left over from WWII.  All Medved series carbines were developed and made by IzhMash. Continue reading

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MTs-11 presented to Nikita Khrushchev in 1959
Без рубрики, Russian Hunting Shotguns

Two Interesting TsKIB Guns on Upcoming Auctions

Two interesting TsKIB guns are featured by international auction houses this year. One is  a good sample of Russia’s best gunmaking at a reasonable price. The other is a collector’s piece with a hell of provenance and a price tag to match.  Some gun porn below. Continue reading

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Russian Hunting Magazine English Digest 2018 cover
Без рубрики, Hunting in Russia

Russian Hunting Magazine English Digest Vol.3 (2018)

Sent the English digest of the Russian Hunting Magazine for 2018 this week. With every issue we choose two best stories, and run condensed English translations of them. When the year’s over, we get them together and publish in a separate issue. Of course, the stories lose a lot when cut from 1,500-2,000 words, but overall they give a pretty good impression of the hunting and hunting gun world in Russia. Here are a few snapshots of the third annual issue, for 2018. Continue reading

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A polar bear on an ice field. By Anatoly Kochnev
Conservation, Без рубрики

Polar Bear Emergency State at Novaya Zemlya

Many news sources worldwide reported on the state of emergency declared on the Russian archipelago Novaya Zemlya. The reason for the emergency is that there are over 50 polar bears ‘terrorizing’ the township of Belushya Guba. The animals stay near residential buildings in spite of all attempts to scare them away. The local residents are afraid to leave their homes, and some bears even began to penetrate the buildings. Rosprirodnadzor (controlling body for environment protection) did not authorize killing problem bears. Instead, they formed a commission which was to fly to the islands Tuesday and make a decision on the spot.

The information presented in English-language news sources is accurate (although slightly incomplete), and there wouldn’t be any need in my comments on the issue, if it weren’t for the reaction of the hunting community. “Time to thin the herd”. “Weren’t the polar bears supposed to die because of global warning?”, “bad government won’t let good people kill bad bears”, and comments on these lines seem to fill the hunting pages in social media. And, I have to respectfully suggest that these commenters might be jumping to conclusion without first properly informing themselves of all aspects of the issue. Continue reading

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Без рубрики, Hunting in Russia

A Hunting Poster from the USSR

Yes, there were times when hunting was not only not discouraged, but actively promoted at the state level. Scroll down for English translation.

охотничий плакат СССРOf course, there’s a fine print. This poster from the late 1920s, is part of Stalin’s campaign agaitst private enterpeneuship (or what little of it was allowed in the USSR by New Economic Policy). Its main purpose is to encourage hunters to take their furs to state purchasing units rather than private traders. However, this ideological load doesn’t make the facts stated in the poster less real. In fact, everything except the  take against private traders is perfectly true today.

Hunting poster USSR

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