Bear hunting in Russia

 

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Introduction

Russia is the world’s biggest country with an area exceeding 17 million sq. km (6.5 million sq. miles). It occupies the east of Europe and the north of Asia, neighbouring 16 countries and having world’s longest land border about 60,000 km (over 37,000 miles). A quarter of world’s forests are concentrated in Russia, which is more than in any other country; their wide tracts stretch continuously from the western borders till the Pacific Ocean. Russia’s coasts are bathed by the waters of 12 seas; the country has dozens of thousands of rivers and about 2 million lakes, among which are the Caspian Sea, the biggest lake in the world, and Baikal, world’s deepest fresh-water lake.

We are glad to offer you hunting for 4 different bear species in Russia. A Bear is actually a national personification for Russia, used in cartoons and articles and dramatic plays at least since the 17th century. Brown bear is one of the most widespread, well-known and popular animals in Russia. Whether you choose to hunt for European, Amur, Siberian or giant Kamchatka Bear we’ll provide the best hunting grounds and top level service.

Hunting season


Amur Bear: May-September
European Bear: August-November (the season may vary in different regions)
Siberian Bear: April-May, August-September
Kamchatka Bear: April-May, August-October

Trophy

Amur Bear

Amur Bear

Locals call it the dog bear, because of the aspect of its teeth. Also called Ussuri Brown Bear, Black Grizzly or Horse Bear. Smaller and darker than Kamchatka Brown Bear, with a differently shaped skull and much larger teeth. The coat is often almost black in color. The skull is longer and narrower, with especially long nasal bones and it is flatter in profile, being less elevated over the nose. The ears are noticeably hairy.

European Bear

European Bear

Head and body length 5-8 feet (1.5-2.4 m). Tail length 2-6 inches (5.1-15.2 cm). Shoulder height 35-43 inches (89-109 cm). Weight 220-660 pounds (100-300 kg). Females are about two-thirds as large as males. A good-sized, powerfully built bear with a distinct shoulder hump, a large head supported by a short, muscular neck, and a concave facial profile. Overall color can vary with individual bears from light grayish-yellow to very dark brown. Juveniles may have a conspicuous pale collar. The coat is long or not, depending on region and season. Active mainly at twilight and at night. Largely herbivorous, eating all kinds of plant material. Also eats ants, insect larvae, honey, rodents, fish and carrion. Sometimes takes larger animals such as moose, reindeer and domestic livestock. Dens up in autumn. Senses of smell and hearing are excellent, eyesight not as good. A fast runner, able to gallop for miles, and surprisingly agile. An excellent swimmer. Adults are unable to climb trees because of the shape of their claws and their body weight.

Kamchatka Bear

Kamchatka Bear

Head and body length 6-8 feet (183-244 cm), tail length 6-1/2 to 8-1/2 inches (16.5 to 21.6 cm), shoulder height 50-53 inches (12.7 to 13.5 cm). As with Alaska Brown Bear, Kamchatka Brown Bear grows large because of its abundant and protein-rich diet of spawning salmon and other anadromous fish in the coastal rivers, and from the comparatively mild climate that permits a shorter period of hibernation. It is a very large, dark bear with a large, massive skull. The forehead is broad and rather steeply elevated over the relatively short nose. The coat is long, dense and soft. Its color varies from pale yellow to blackish-brown and dull black, but dark individuals predominate. The legs are usually the same color as the body. The claws are dark brown, sometimes with light yellowish streaks at the tips, and are up to four inches (100 mm) in length.

Siberian Bear

Siberian Bear

Siberian Brown Bear is intermediate in size between Eurasian and Kamchatka Brown Bears. It is larger than Eurasian Brown Bear, with more massive bones and a somewhat larger and heavier skull, but smaller than Kamchatka Brown Bear, with a considerably smaller and lighter skull. The fur is long, soft and dense. The color is usually dark brown with noticeably darker legs, but will vary from light pale brown to dark brown, and some individuals will show yellowish, cinnamon or black tones. The claws are brown to blackish-brown, strongly curved, and up to 3-1/3 inches (85 mm) in length.

Hunting territory

Amur Bear

Amur Bear

Khabarovsk region

Located at the Far East of Russia. The territory is mostly covered with mountain ranges (with the highest peak of 9623 feet or 2933 m). It is bounded by Okhotsk and Japan Seas. There are a lot of rivers and lakes in the region. The forests make up to 1/2 of the territory. The climate is moderately monsoonal with cold winter and warm humid summer.

European Bear

European Bear

Vologda region

Located at the north-west of European part of Russia. The distance between Vologda and Moscow is 443 km (276 miles). It is a lowland plain with a lot of lakes, rivers and bogs. The region has many low ridges and hills. The climate is moderately continental with long moderately cold winter and short warm summer. Forests cover up to 75% of the territory. Over the half of them are softwood forests.

Kirov region

Located at the central-western European part of Russia. The distance between Moscow and Kirov is 896 km (557 miles). The climate is moderately continental. Occasional extreme frosts in winter and low temperatures in summer may occur due to closeness to the Arctic Ocean. The territory is covered with low hills. There are a lot of rivers and lakes. The forests cover over the half of the area.

Kamchatka Bear

Kamchatka Bear

Kamchatka

Kamchatka is located at the north-east of Russia. It is bounded by the Bering Sea of the Pacific Ocean from the east and by the Okhotsk Sea from the west. The nature of the region is very varied: snow-covered mountains with glaciers, sugar loaf mountains by the sea, softwood forests and leafy forests, large forest tundra and tundra areas and deep-frozen soil to the north. There are thousands of rivers and lakes. Kamchatka is the region of volcanic action and has about 300 different volcanoes, 29 of which are active. Consequently there are a lot of geysers and hot springs etc. The climate is harsh. Kamchatka has long showy winter and short cool summer. Fall is considered to be the best time to visit Kamchatka, it lasts from August to October. It is a short period mostly without winds and rains. The average temperatures are 46-50 F (8–10 °С).

Siberian Bear

Siberian Bear

Kemerovo region

Located at the Southern part of Western Siberia. The distance between Kemerovo and Moscow is 1852 miles (2980 km). The nature is very diverse due to great altitude difference. The highest peak is 7146 feet (2178 m), the lowest point is 256 feet (78 m). The region has both mountain and plain areas. The climate is continental with cold, long winter and short cool summer. There are many rivers in the region.

Abakan region (Khakasia republic)

Located in South Siberia. The territory has both mountain ranges (with the highest point of 9613 feet or 2930 m) and plains. Republic is rich in lakes and rivers including Yenisei river. The climate is continental with cold winter and hot summer. Forests cover up to 46% of republic’s territory.

Hunting

Amur Bear

Amur Bear

Hunter and guides go along the coast on a motorboat (3-6 miles) and glass the hillsides. When the trophy is spotted they make a landing and proceed stalking on foot. Also it is possible to go around the area on a special vehicle. The average distance for shooting is 50-150 meters/yards.

European Bear

European Bear

Hunting is organized at the oats fields. The bears tend to feed at the fields in the end of August-September. The hunter uses special blinds and high seats to wait for the trophy male. The hunt starts before daylight. One needs to remember not to shoot if not sure as sometimes it is hard to evaluate the size of the bear.

Kamchatka Bear

Kamchatka Bear

Spring hunt: You can see the bear clearly and from a great distance against white snow. Early in the morning the hunter and the guide start to explore the hunting area using the snowmobile. The hunter usually takes a seat in a simple sled and the guide drives the snowmobile. They search for the tracks and after spotting the trophy size male approach it by foot.
Fall hunt:
Fall hunt is more complicated but also more interesting. Hunters travel around the hunting area using the special vehicles and look for the bears feeding at the riversides or where berries and nuts grow. Hunting is by spot-and-stalk once the bear is noticed.

Siberian Bear

Siberian Bear

Kemerovo region

The hunt is organized at the baits or by searching the bear at the southern sides of the hills. The bears tend to spend much time in the sun after emerging from the dens. Hunting is spot-and-stalk. Sometimes boats can be used for transportation around the area.

Route

First you need to arrive to the capital of Russia – Moscow. There are daily flights to Moscow from all major European capitals, United States, Australia and other Asian travel centers.  After finishing all custom formalities you will head for your hunting destination, accompanied by our representative.

  • Amur Bear: Domestic flight to Khabarovsk (about 8 hours). Car transfer to the hunting camp.
  • European Bear: Train to Vologda or Kirov (9-13 hours), car transfer to the hunting area.
  • Kamchatka Bear: South: Domestic flight to Petropavlovsk (9-10 hours). Then you will be transferred to the hunting area by a cross-country vehicle (distance up to 124 miles or 200 km). North: Domestic flight to Petropavlovsk (9-10 hours). Then a short flight to Palana or bus transfer to Esso (8-9 hours). After that a helicopter transfer to the hunting camp is required. Plan to spend 15 days in Russia.
  • Siberian Bear: Kemerovo region: Domestic flight to Novokuznetsk (about 3.5 hours), then car transfer to Mezhdurechensk (2 hours). After that a 4 hour boat transfer to the hunting camp is required. Khakasia: Domestic flight to Abakan (4 hours 30 minutes), car transfer to Shushenskoe (1 hour). Then a car or boat transfer to the hunting area will follow (4-6 hours).

Accommodation

  • Amur Bear: Hunting house or tented camp
  • European Bear: Different hunting houses are available
  • Kamchatka Bear: Comfortable hunting house
  • Siberian Bear: Simple wooden houses or tented camps

 

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