Cover of Russian Hunting Magazine August 2019
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Russian Hunting Magazine, August 2019

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My Memory of Spring: TOZ-66. By Ilya Gurin

The farther away in the past are the best moments of your life, the stronger the memories. I can still remember my first hunt, not in details now but as an emotion. It was a youth hunt with Sverdlovsk hunting club, tutored by Irina Ermakova, a great huntress and mentor. Her worn TOZ-BM hammer side-by-side was the first gun I ever handled. I can still remember its weight, the sounds of hammers brought to full cock, and the awesome impressions of a 15 year old kid first time out in the woods, waiting for woodcock to start its mating flight.

TOZ-66 Russian hunting shotgun

Many years, hunts and guns later, I felt the urge to get and hunt with a hammer double again.

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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
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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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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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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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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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