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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In Russian Hunting Magazine – May 2016.

Every issue of the Russian Hunting Magazine contains two selected articles translated into English. This month’s selection is Andrey Belyaev’s story of the spring duck season in Western Siberia, and another very interesting tale from Alexander Egorov on the value of hunting trips that go all wrong.  Click to enlarge and enjoy.

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Russian Hunting Magazine – January 2016.

The January 2016 issue of Russian Hunting Magazine was dedicated to the problem of hunting and rare species. The issue included my article on hunting in the USA’s natural reserves, which was one of the cover stories. As few outside the hunting world are aware of, strictly limited (and very expensive) trophy hunting is a viable way to finance conservation of rare species; Markhor in Pakistan is a prime, but far from the only, example. In Russia, trophy hunting made a big difference for Kamchatka brown bears, greatly increasing their numbers (Andrey Sitsko explained this paradox in May 2015 issue). But there’s still a lot to be done about the Russian trophy species, as testified by Mikhail Krechmar’s report, presented at the SCI convention this weekend.

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In October 2015 Issue of Russian Hunting Magazine.

Each issue of Russian Hunting Magazine contains condensed English translations of selected articles. This month Mikhail Kretchmar takes on the “Chukotka subspecies” of mountain sheep. The sheep hunters who boast of this trophy might not like it when they learn that a) the research that supported identification of this subspecies has been refuted; b) what is supposed to be “Chukotka sheep” is listed as endangered; c) the rams that outfitters sell as “Chukotka ram” actually belong to another subspecies that is not considered endangered. In the other story Maksim Levitin describes a new region for trophy hunting in Kazakhstan, which can offer a slam of 5 trophies – bear, ibex, moose, maral and roe deer – in one hunt. A great new opportunity for trophy hunting – be the first who collected “The Grand Slam of Kazakhstan” in one go!

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