Hunting in Russia

An Ode for Walked-up Hunts

by V. Chernykh.

Originally published in Russian Hunting Magazine, June 2017.

Condensed translation into English by me.

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Many European nations, like Poland, take hunting education very seriously, and you won’t get your hunting license until you pass an examination that proves you have enough knowledge and can apply it to practice. In this country, hunters are left to themselves in this respect. There’s no shortage of information nowadays about the theory of various hunts – but what’s the best way to start getting practical knowledge?

I began hunting with a group of friends who followed the classic Russian routine – Continue reading

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Wonderful Wildlife

Singing in the snow: capercailzie.

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A photograph by Valeriy Maleev, perhaps the best contemporary Russian wildlife photographer. It is a very rare shot, because capercailzie don’t usually do their spring mating song when the weather is that bad.

Valeriy started out as a hunter, a trophy hunter even, before he put down the guns and took the camera, and it might have nothing to do with the images he takes – his blog deserves a visit from anyone who enjoys pictures of wildlife – but there’s one thing that I can’t get out of my mind: all hunters turned photographers claim that you can no longer kill the species you take pictures of. There’s something very significant in this that I can’t put my finger on.

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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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Hunting in Russia

Another story from Russian Hunting Magazine – May 2017.

On the Threshold of Capercailzie Lek.

Text and photo by Alexander Prokhorov.

condensed translation into English by Aleksei Morozov

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Photo by Daniil Karpichenko, from Russian Hunting Magazine 2013 contest.

The night before another capercailzie lek hunt I seldom get to sleep. Continue reading

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Hunting in Russia

Russia’s Most Legendary Hunters: Dersu Uzala.

A lot of people from my “Legendary Russian Hunters” list will be from the Far East, for a good reason – the best way to become a legend is to hunt dangerous game, and in no other part of Russia are there so many tigers, leopards, and bears. But my next hero, a native of this land, never hunted big cats – for the indigenous peoples of the area it was a taboo.

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Vladimir Arsenyev and Dersu Uzala (right). Photograph from Arsenyev’s book.

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Без рубрики, Hunting in Russia

Russia’s Most Legendary Hunters: The Jankovski Dynasty.

Facebook keeps suggesting me an old Outdoor Life story about world’s most legendary hunters. Understandably, most people on the list come from either the U.S. or Britain and its former colonies. Yet, Russia has a number of hunters who deserve the status of a legend, and I’ll try to tell you about some of them. Today’s story is about the Jankovskis of the Pacific Far East, the land where the taiga meets the tropics.

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Valeri Jankovski with pet lynx and favorite pointer. Korea, 1930s. Photo from http://www.russianemigrant.ru

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