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194 hunts
$350 starting from
46 animals
6,975km to the nearest trip

Why Russia

Hunting in Russia: Variety and abundance of game

Variety and abundance of game

Russia’s forests, rivers, and towering mountains teem with an incredible diversity of fish and wildlife

Hunting in Russia: Affordability

Affordability

Because of recent economic changes and today’s currency exchange rates, hunts in Russia are a great value for the international hunter

Hunting in Russia: Rich historical legacy and ancient hunting traditions

Rich historical legacy and ancient hunting traditions

Russia’s hunting traditions go back to ancient times, and it forms an important theme in the literature of great Russian writers. Russian hunters are proud of the cultural legacy of the hunt, which persists to this day

About hunting in Russia

Russia, the largest country in the world in terms of land area, spans eleven time zones and two continents, covering the major part of Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It contains the largest freshwater lake in the world, the Baikal, and Europe's tallest peak, Mount Elbrus. A variety of climate zones and topography, ranging from broad plains and low hills west of the Urals to vast areas of coniferous forest and tundra in Siberia to the upland and mountain habitat along the southern border regions, means hunters have a tremendous variety of game and hunting experiences to choose from. Hunting in Russia is as varied as the terrain, ranging from lodge-based deer and upland bird hunts, to bear hunts using snowmobiles, to rugged hike-in snow sheep hunts in the high mountains. Russia has five varieties of snow sheep: Kamchatka, Koryak, Okhotsk, Kolyma, and Yakutia; five varieties of brown bears: East Siberian, Amur, Siberian, European, and Caucasian; and three varieties of moose: Kamchatka, Yakutia, and European. The country also offers excellent hunting for Siberian roebuck, maral stag, wolf, lynx, capercaillie, blackcock, and woodcock. Inexpensive hunts for species as diverse as capercaillie and bears abound, and prices are still comparatively low even for combined hunts in Kamchatka and the Far East for snow sheep and moose.

What you need to know

  • 1. Planning your trip
  • 2. Upon arrival
  • 3. Hunting
  • 4. After the hunt

Planning your trip

Visas

A visa is required to visit Russia for holders of US and EU passports. Because the documentation requirements are extensive (they may include a letter of invitation from your outfitter and confirmation of hotel reservations, as well as personal information), allow plenty of time—at least a month—before your trip to take care of this process. See http://www.russianembassy.org/page/consular-issues for more information.

Importing Firearms

Foreign hunters can bring hunting rifles into the country for the duration of a planned hunt, as specified in their outfitter’s invitation. The procedure for receiving an import permit generally takes at least a month, so it’s important to send the necessary documents to your outfitter well in advance.

It’s extremely important that the model and serial number of the rifle, as well as the amount of ammo you bring (no more than 100 rounds allowed), match exactly the information you provided on the permit. Note that archery equipment and silencers are not allowed for hunting in Russia. You must carry your firearms permit on your person while you are in Russia.

Upon arrival

Plan in advance

For most Russian hunting trips, you will make your initial arrival in Moscow. If you are not transferring immediately to a domestic flight, make arrangements in advance for your outfitter or a representative to meet you at the airport and take you to a hotel. Be sure to exchange some currency in the airport or at a Moscow bank so you are carrying cash in rubles, as many rural areas do not accept credit cards. Because most hunts require traveling long distances from Moscow, it’s important to arrange your travel itinerary well in advance of your hunt. Your outfitter can help you with this process; be sure to discuss it with him in detail well before your arrival.

Hunting

Safety and strict adherence to hunting regulations are paramount when hunting in Russia. Be sure that you are clear on all the regulations in your hunting area and know exactly what you are and are not allowed to shoot.

After the hunt

Taxidermy

While certain trophies may be exported in the hunter’s luggage if the necessary paperwork has been completed in advance, most big-game animals such as moose, maral, stag, bears, and wolves must be treated and dried by a taxidermist and a health certificate must be issued before they can be exported. Be sure to bring some business cards with the address of your chosen taxidermist or trophy expeditor and affix one to the skull and one to the skin of your animal to ensure they are shipped to the right place.

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Kamchatka bear Fall hunt / Nemtik area

Kamchatka bear Fall hunt / Nemtik area Russia

The bears move to the rivers depending n the dates of the influx of spawning salmon, crop capacity of berries and cedar nuts. On the spawning creeks hunting takes place mostly during the dark from blinds. The older, smarter and larger the bear, the later he will come to the spawning grounds. We recommend having night-vision optics and sighting in your rifle at 100 yards. It is also recommended you bring warms clothes, a wind breaker, and good rain gear. Hip boots are necessary for both fall and spring hunting. If the crop of the cedar nuts is good the bears prefer this hearty food stock. At this time your hunting will be conducted in the morning and evening, by watching you will find a trophy moving along the trails in the cedar brush. By day our bears sleep deep in the cedars. This is exciting bear hunting, but it is a good idea not to follow your trophy into the brush! If the bears are In the berry-fields, you will see a number of animals simultaneously and can choose your trophy.

Trip duration: 9 days

Trip available on: 25 August 2019 15 November 2019

$9,000 for 1 hunter
Red stag hunt in the rut

Red stag hunt in the rut Russia

Red stag hunting in the rut is considered to be one of the most exciting hunts. Hottest time goes from mid September to mid October when one is able to enjoy amazing battles of mature males and get the outstanding trophy. Hunting is arranged in Safari park, 1000 hectares fenced area, located not far from the hunting lodge and is considered to be a perfect place for driven and individual stalking hunts.

Trip duration: 4 days

Trip available on: 1 July 2018 31 January 2019

$1,413 for 1 hunter
5 Hunters x 5 Days Autumn Bird Hunt

5 Hunters x 5 Days Autumn Bird Hunt Russia

This is an all-inclusive offer for 5 hunters x 5 days. Bird species: Sterna, Skua, Seagulls, Barnacle goose, Geese (Brent Goose, Bean Goose, Greylag Goose, Greater White-fronted Goose), Ducks (Mallard, Teal, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Goldeneye, Velvet Scoter, Common Scoter, Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Long-tailed duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Goosander, Smew, Common Eider, Northern Pintail), Loon, Razorbill, Guillemot, Sandpiper, Snipe, Curlew, Willow Grouse, Hazel Grouse, Euroasian Jay, Siberian Jay. 2 capercaillie and 3 blackcock per hunter are included in the price, other birds are unlimited.

Trip duration: 5 days

Trip available on: 1 September 2018 30 November 2018

$12,864 for 5 hunters
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