Hunting in Russia
Russia is the largest country in the world. Spanning 11 different time zones, Russia encompasses a great variety of habitats. With sub-arctic tundra and coastal floodplains in the north, boreal forests further southward, rugged mountains, vast grasslands and mixed deciduous and evergreen forests, Russia provides a wide array of suitable habitat that supports many different huntable species of animals.
The Far East
Russia’s far eastern regions are home to the greatest numbers of big game species. Provinces such as Kamchatka, Cuotka, Magadan and Khabarovsk are home to three species of brown bears, two species of moose and 4 species of snow sheep. Much of the travel in these remote areas can be difficult, but the hunting can be very rewarding for those that choose to make the effort to hunt these areas.
Siberia spans more than 2,000 mils from the Sea of Okhotsk in the east to the Ural Mountains in the west. Siberia is lightly populated. A wide variety of huntable species inhabit Siberia. Siberia has the largest roe deer in the world. Russian grizzlies (Siberian brown bear) caribou, huge moose, wolves and good populations of snow sheep are but a few of the species awaiting the adventurous sportsman in Siberia.
Western (European) Russia
Much of the hunting in western Russia is done on huge government estates. Several of the now independent former soviet states such as Bulgaria and Romania. A similar range of species is available in western Russia that includes wild boar, Eurasian Brown Bear, European Moose, Reindeer, Wapiti, wolf, and European red deer. Spring hunts for Capercaillie and Black Grouse are also available during the spring in areas between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Caucasian Russia (Caucasus Mountains)
The Caucasus Mountains provide in-shape hunters with some of the most rugged mountain hunting in the world. Hunting in these mountains can provide the hunting experience of a lifetime along with the breathtaking scenery that this region is famous for. Species that this area offers include three varieties of Tur, red stags, boar, Caucasian chamois, brown bear, and European bison.
Russian Hunting History
Each social class once had the right to use the hunting grounds in Russia. Russian imperial hunts evolved from the hunting customs of the royal courts of Europe and were adopted by the early Tsars. During the soviet rule, hunting clubs that were sponsored by the state were formed within boundaries that were mostly associated with factories.
When the Soviet Union broke up, private individuals were allowed to lease these former club hunting grounds. Many wealthy land owners acquired control of these hunting grounds through this leasing process and adequately funded the maintenance of these hunting grounds. This allowed the quality and quantity of game to improve significantly. Presently, many outfitters conduct hunts for foreigners and prices have come down significantly due to the increased competition among these outfitters.
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