European Brown Bear hunt in Kirov. Jens Foldager.

I was in Kirov from the 15th of August to the 22nd of August in the area of around 120 kilometers east from Kirov.

We huntedstarting from the afternoon and up to total darkness, at the different oat ields. We have seen a lot of brown bear trails.

There were also wolves in the area - I heard them, but long distance.

I shoot my Brown Bear on the 18th of August, around 1 hour before sunset. We have parked the car and were supposed to stalk around 2 kilometers to an oatfield. When we passed a hill, I saw a Brown Bear at around 800 meters, and then we stalked slowly in a young forest. After around 1 hour we were at around 100 meter distance from the bear - and could see it. The bear was sitting on its butt and eating oat; I could only see the head, so we had to wait for some time - minutes - before the bear lifted the head and I could shoot at the breast. Suddenly the bear disappeared to the woods. We waited a while and agreed to drive back and get the dogs. We came backaround one hour later. It started to get dark. We let the dogs run, and in some minutes the dogs got the trail of the bear –they entered the woods and were standing and barking. The bear was dead, so we pickedit up and took it out. It was not the biggest bear in word, but it was absolutely the most exiting hunt I have tried. My guide was Andrei; and he is young, but a very clever guy.

Anna Chepiga from Stalker was together with us, and everything was successful and well organized - I can only say that I was 100 % satisfied. All people were nice and in good mood - for me it was a trip I´ll never forget.

I can say some few words in Russian, not perfect, but understand the most of it, because I have worked and travelled a lot in Russia.Annawas my interpreter, and she did her job superb, and she is always positive and happy. She is number oneclass. We lived in a small village; and the house was absolute OK - nice room and clean - there was a toilet and a bath and ok food - all up to Russian standard.

It is not 5 stars hotel, but for me OK. But the people will give you the best hospitality you ever have seen - look forward for it and you´ll see - I wish you a good trip and my best regards.

Jens Foldager