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.


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

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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

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