Where to hunt Kamchatka Snow Sheep
Kamchatka snow sheep is a variety of Asian snow sheep (their Latin name literally means “one that lives in the snows”) who inhabit inhabit the mountain ranges of the North-East of Russia. Kamchatka snow sheep are found on the Kamchatka peninsula, a unique place where the influence of the Pacific ocean and volcanic activity create inimitable landscapes and ecosystems. Kamchatka has long been famous as a second-to-none destination for moose and brown bear hunting, as well as salmon fishing and nature viewing, and offers a fantastic mountain hunting experience as well.
The price of a Kamchatka snow sheep hunt typically varies from $13,000 to $15,000, depending on factors such as location, the number of hunters in camp, and whether the territory can be accessible by ground transport or a helicopter flight is necessary. For the best value, choose a combo with an additional brown bear trophy
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When to hunt Kamchatka Snow Sheep?
The snow sheep season in Kamchatka is open from August 1 to October 15. Most outfitters recommend to schedule the hunt early in the season, in the last weeks of August to the first weeks of September. If you want to combine sheep hunting with bear hunting, take into account that the bear season starts August 20.
The method of choice for Kamchatka snow sheep is spot-and-stalk, where you can focus on a specific old animal, that is long past reproduction age, and enjoy the slow and emotion-filled approach until the mighty ram is in your sights. In the early fall that the hunting season falls on, the rams stay away from the females and kids, and are found alone or in small bachelor pools. If the guide knows the terrain and the animals well, the hunter may also ambush the rams at their paths, in the course of their regular daily movements, or gently “pushed” by the guide. For a combination sheep and bear hunt, rifles for cartridges of the .300 Magnum class are perhaps the best choice, as long as the hunter shoots a heavy, stout bullet for better penetration on the giant bruin.
Why hunt Kamchatka Snow Sheep?
To anyone who has been to Kamchatka the question is rhetorical. The unique landscapes of the region are reason enough to visit the peninsula. While the price may seem steep, it is relatively low as compared for hunts after Kamchatka snow sheep’s American relatives, Stone and Dall sheep, although they inhabit the same environment and offer identical hunting experience. An opportunity to harvest one of the giant Kamchatka brown bears adds the attraction. The thick, tightly curled horns of the snow sheep will make a lasting memory of the adventure.
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