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Being a hunting department manager for many years, I still surprise myself each time when the unforeseen events happen during the hunt. Before sending you to conquer mountains or savannah, we do our best to provide full info about the weather, insects, possible diseases and medications in the specific region, local hunting methods, transfer duration, customs procedures, flight options and many more details. However still quite often something occurs during the hunt, and one needs to be ready to react. That is why however large is the geography of our hunters’ travels, we aim to share or test all trips in order to experience all options first hand. The Stalkers have been on hunts in every part of the world: from Australia to Alaska, from Vladivostok to Tehran, from Kilimajaro to Everest. We are there together with you in the tents, in the sleeping bags under the starry sky, in the sheepcotes and winter cabins, in the luxury lodges and modest chalets. We are there stalking with you on the snowmobiles and on the horseback, by foot and crawling in the mud. We broaden our skill set to avoid as many pitfalls as possible, and to raise the number of pleasant surprises. We love it when you are safe, enjoy your food, feel warm and comfortable.

Let’s say, you opt for Asia. It means you need a sanitizer, medications to treat stomach upset, a lot of small cash and a load of patience. If you go for a mountain hunt in Asia, get dressed even warmer than you first planned. Do not hesitate to express yourself in pantomime when communicating with the local guides and better behave in maximum friendly manner. Take your personal fork and spoon or multitool and a personal flask.

If you are heading to Africa, especially closer to the equator, better take a personal camelback with you. Most of the times you will spend a whole day in the fields, and there will be only one water flask for the whole group and no plastic cups available. Set your mind ready to spend more days in a remote hunting lodge between Cameroon and Congo due to politic mayhem in one of the banana republics. The charter might be delayed and you might have to spend 12-18 hours on a car transfer, shaking on a bumpy road covered allover with the omnipresent red dust. Bring along a lot of repellents and be patient with your PH, even if his actions seem weird to you. He is local and he earns a living with hunting, that meaning he sometimes has more skin in the game than even you do.

In America the hunter has to be ready to take care of himself: carry the bags and the gun, follow the guide quickly, eat the inedible sublimates and 99-cent cardboard bread, not to mention the chocolate bars consisting of plain sugar, and… SMILE.

In Europe, to our thinking, no one is ever in a hurry. In the morning the guides will slowly and thoroughly fill in the papers. Safety arrangements first! More time will be spend in the evening – traditional trophy layout in a certain order, a branch in the mouth for a decent photo, letter of law goes ahead of the process. Don’t hurry, everything will be finished on time…

Russia... Well, in this country a hunter might encounter all of the above and even more due to local lack of organization. The best way to cope would be not to line up any expectations and just enjoy the process. Do not scold any country’s system – all of those do work for the specific destination. Listen and watch. And pursue the goal – it will bring you through. As the ancients used to say, per Aspera ad Astra.

This year we would like to offer a new destination for those of you seeking for a great quality Eastern Tur and welcome you in the mountains of Dagestan. The very name of Dagestan or Eastern Tur prompts that that is the land of Tur. But what about the choice between coming to Dagestan or to the other destinations?

Let’s see: The hunt in Dagestan was closed for quite long time. This allowed the local population to grow in size and for some record rams to appear. We also need to keep in mind that the hunting region lies just across the mountain ridge to the infamous Shcheki in Azerbaijan. Which once was very productive in trophy Turs. Now, the hunt in Azerbaijan provides for a large press towards the species, which makes many animals to migrate in search for the quiet areas to dwell. Since the Turs do not need visas and passports, they travel freely across the borders, thus enriching the Dagestan population each year.

Starting with the last season, the hunting grounds were allocated, and now we would like to offer hunting in the great private section, which has shown fantastic results last year. Do not worry about security and service – these are maintained at a great level.

The arrival point is Mahachkala, which is within a 2.5-hour flight from Moscow. We will meet you in Moscow and starting from there our representative will accompany you during the whole hunt, helping you with the customs and ensuring you are safe and have a remarkable hunting experience. The season last from August to the end of November. Contact us for more details at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dear Hunters! Please note that Chamois hunting is closed in Russian Caucasus. The ban is for 5 years from now on.

We hope these measures will help to somehow strengthen the population, though still believe that it the ban is not the main remedy. Russia still lacks extensive awareness building. Nothing will help until the locals understand that the nature is their main treasure and resource and quit poaching. Anyhow, we regret to say that Caucasian Chamois hunting is not available at the moment.

The ban doesn't affect Caucasian Tur hunting.

What is one thing that the modern-day men and women lack, especially those living in the harsh tempo of a large urban center? It is TIME.

There are too many concerns on our plate: career/work/business, costs, family, personal growth, sports and hobbies and many more. We’ve got to somehow squeeze all of it in the short amount of time we possess – be that a life, a year, one morning, an hour – slipping away and never coming back – the irreplaceable assets we really ought to save. That is why time saving technics loom large today. Look around and you will see numerous rapid- and quick- offers. Almost any industry has those: overnight delivery, rapid tests, fast food, crash courses, banking, manicure at the airport…. The list could go forever, and all of these are in demand. Well, we keep up with the times and offer you the quick hunting packages. That doesn’t mean, or course, that you’ll need to run around the field and set your weapon on repeat fire. That is what we call the weekend hunt.

Have some work to do in Europe, Asia or Russia? Take a day off in the end of the week and enjoy your favorite amusement. We will take care about all procedures and save your time. In Europe you can easily bag large game on a weekend: deer, ibex, wild boar, fallow deer, roe deer. We can also organize bird hunting in Scotland, Sweden, Iceland: goose, duck, pigeon. Asia can offer some fowl hunting, for example duck hunts in Azerbaijan. Arab Emirates become a fancy weekend destination providing for the sand gazelle hunt. Wild boar hunting is available in Tajikistan and Turkey. Russia has lots of nice hunting destinations both near Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, allowing to enlarge your trophy room collection while doing business in that part of the world. Just ask – there are hunting camps waiting for you almost at any corner of the map.

Besides, it always sounds great to find a couple of days for manly adventures while spending vacation with your family and friends. Be that a beach recreation in Spain, Emirates, Greece, Sardinia, Turkey, or gourmet trip to France, Italy, Spain, Armenia, or sightseeing in the historical places – there always are some hunting opportunities.

If you like to get maximum result within the shortest time, or if you want to celebrate after a prolific week – just let us know. We will help you to choose a perfect quick hunting package, take care of all procedures, tags and licenses and other documents, will organize meet & greet services and fine-tune the whole schedule making sure not even a minute is wasted. We are always right there, running next to you in this everyday marathon for the best prize this world can offer.

     

With the permission of our friend Mr. Thor Kirchner we publish his story. We thought this kind of text is very important to share and to think about, as each day we encounter much of aggressive approach from those calling themselves the animal lovers.

The threats to wildlife here in Africa are much different to the ones you have in developed countries. My main objective here is to protect and increase wildlife in a country where wildlife is under huge pressure. I rarely shoot animals personally. I don’t feel the need to go and kill animals for myself. When I shoot it will be because there could be a dangerous situation coming up or there is a dangerous situation in progress. I will shoot if I need to get meat for myself or someone else. And I will shoot if there is a problem animal as a crop raider or a man-eater. The two biggest threats to wildlife here are population growth and legislation made by western countries based on political pressure and emotional feelings rather than scientific evidence. So not only do I have to deal with the problems within the country but have to fight people who are thousands of kilometers away and have no clue about the situation on the ground. People that have done studies in a place where everything is different to here and think they have the solutions for something they don’t know about. So I do not agree that international organizations should be dictating to local people how to do things if they won’t understand the drivers of the depleting wildlife and forests in Africa. But I do think that in a perfect world that the state in each country should be controlling what is going on in its own country. The problem in our countries here is the corruption going on in the governments and that very few in government and local communities actually care about wildlife. Government only cares about money and don’t see the long-term value in nature and wildlife. Local poor communities only see wildlife as a nuisance and threat to there own existence, because animals raid the little incomes they have from their fields or kill their livestock or in worst case kill humans. Because of an exponential human population growth poverty is increasing with it. And because of bad agricultural practices, deforestation is growing at a devastating rate. With the habitat loss animals are succumbing to starvation, retaliatory killing by the people that live with the animals or just desperate starving people that need food.

Now to be successful in in conserving wildlife and forests or other natural habitat all of these problems need to be addressed. And it is an uphill task, which often makes me want to quit. But it seems I continue trying.

Zambia has a third of its landmass set aside for wildlife protection either as National Park where photographic safaris is the revenue source or hunting area where hunting is the revenue source. Out of this total area one third is National parks and two thirds are hunting areas. If you take away the trophy hunting, what do you think will happen? Wildlife will deplete within a few years in TWO THIRDS of the areas that were previously holding wildlife. Some people will then say, just turn the hunting areas into National parks. Well the fact is that there are not even enough people and funding to fully protect all the existing national parks in the country. So how are they going to succeed in three times bigger areas?

Hunting creates employment, funding for community projects and meat from hunted animals is given to the starving people. This gives the animals’ value to the people and an incentive not to kill them. Much the same way the photographic tourism brings in revenue through employment and funding for community projects less the protein part. One trophy hunter will pay what a hundred photographic clients will pay and have far less environmental impact on the area he/she is visiting.

What I do. I with some investors have taken a piece of land that was not a hunting area or National Park but potentially ideal wildlife habitat, that still had not been deforested, and turned it into a prime wildlife area. This was community land that was bound to be deforested because it didn’t have any protection and is in close proximity to the villages. It still had a bit of wildlife existing and it bordered a hunting area where wildlife would cross over and re-inhabit the area if it was protected. Through private funding and after a few years funding from trophy hunters we have turned a depleted area into a wildlife haven. The only current option we have to get funding is through trophy hunting. Therefore, I could not care less if a trophy hunter gets a kick and can boost his ego by hanging a trophy on his wall to showoff as long as the animal has been killed in an ethic way.

What I need is funds to protect the wildlife and the trophy hunters are the only ones prepared to drop that kinda cash. Anybody who says I’m wrong is welcome to come pay the bills so that we stop the trophy hunting. But no one ever seems to be keen on doing that! Until someone has a viable alternative to hunting in my area I shall continue to do so whether you find it right or wrong. Note our area is not fenced and wildlife moves freely. We kill less than two percent of the wildlife population in our area. We are so successful at what we do that the bit of poaching that goes on in our area does not affect the population growth anymore.

In this past season, I did a hunt in a GMA for another operator in Zambia. This was the first season for this company to operate. The GMA had not been hunted since 2012. It had been dormant for 5 years. I had heard stories about the beauty of this area and the abundance of wildlife it boasted in the past. But it saddened me to see what had happened in the past 5 years. The poaching in the area had been significant and it was easy to see how it had affected the area. Not only poaching, but several illegal logging sites were found and illegal fishermen had diminished the fish population in the rivers with small nets and poison.

The hunt I did there was for leopard. We quickly got some leopards on bait. After seeing that one of the males had a snare around its neck we decided to hunt this one. It was clearly suffering and struggled to breathe. The photos show how bad the leopard must have had it. The snare had cut through skin and flesh and only an inch of skin between head and shoulders was still intact. So when you start bitching about how bad hunting is, I want you to think of this leopard that you were not there to help with your Facebook post sharing when it really needed your help. When you consider signing a petition to stop hunting I want you to think about how this leopard felt when you were not there to help it with your online petition. When you feel hate for people that hunt I want you to remember that this happened to this leopard because hunting was stopped. It is your fault that this leopard’s life was miserable for its last 3 months or so! If you succeed in closing the hunting in these areas, then this is the fate for the rest of the animals. All of them will die a slow and painful death like this leopard was bound to do. And it will be your fault!

Hunting is not the ideal solution for all areas. There are places where non-consumptive tourism is better and other areas are more suited for other kinds of conservation. But at the moment the majority of the remaining wildlife habitat in Africa is under protection from some form of hunting. And hunting is the best you can get out of these areas as things are in this day and age. Until something big changes you have to live with hunting in these areas or no wildlife whatsoever. What do you choose?

All of the western world countries are slowly trying to strangle these areas with legislation that make it harder and less profitable to do trophy hunting in Africa. Even if it has nothing to do with them at all. And by doing so the viability of these hunting areas is diminishing. It is a bit ironic that majority of these countries allow hunting on their own species. And in most cases, at some stage have themselves once eradicated their own wildlife species.