Moose hunting in Russia

 

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Introduction

Vast area of Russia covering thousands of square kilometers, significant differences in climate conditions, abundant flora and fauna, variety of nationalities and cultures make Russia a real treasury of wonders impressing imagination of many travellers from all over the world.
320 mammal species and about 730 bird species inhabit Russia. Hunting is allowed for about 60 mammal species and 70 bird species. One of the most impressive Russian game animals is a Moose. You have an opportunity to bag one of three Moose species inhabiting our country.
A visa is required to visit Russia. It can be obtained at the nearest Embassy or Consulate.

Hunting season


European Moose: September (rut), October-December (driven hunt)
Chukotka (Kamchatka) Moose: September-December
Yakutia Moose: September-November

Trophy

European Moose

European Moose

European moose differs in several ways from the Siberian and North American forms (which resemble each other). Its coat is a lighter color, with less contrast and little seasonal change. Its nose is shorter and less humped, with the bare spot at the tip differently shaped. Shoulder height 60-75 inches (152-191 cm). Weight about 1,100 pounds (500 kg). The neck is so short and the legs so long that a moose cannot easily reach the ground to feed, nor can it drink without wading into the water. Ears are large and tail is very short. Hair is coarse and brittle. There is a mane on the shoulders and a growth of skin and hair (the “bell”) hanging from its throat. General color is a uniform brown, with little seasonal change. Hindquarters, upper parts of legs, lower flanks, and belly are darker. Lower legs and back of legs tend to be whitish, and the muzzle is pale. Antlers grow out from the sides of the head and are essentially of two different types: flattened or palmate, with points growing from the forward, outer and top edges of the palms; and cervine, with branched points only. Poor vision, with stationary objects seemingly not recognized. Sense of smell and hearing excellent. Active by day, with peaks at twilight. Excellent swimmer. Able to cross swamps where other animals would mire. Normal gait is a quiet, careful walk, but can run at good speed for considerable distance. Has great endurance. Silent except during rut, when the sexes call to each other with grunts and moans.

Chukotka (Kamchatka) Moose

Chukotka (Kamchatka) Moose

The largest moose in Asia, with extraordinarily large antlers. Very similar to the giant moose of Alaska. The chromosome number is 70, the same as in other east Asian moose and North American moose. This is the top trophy for any hunter. The antlers spread up to 60-68 inches (150-175 cm) and weigh up to 55-88 pounds (25-40 kg).

Yakutia Moose

Yakutia Moose

A good-sized moose that is roughly the size of those in British Columbia, Canada. Males stand 88-94 inches (225-240 cm) at the shoulder and weigh 1,250-1,365 pounds (570-620 kg), sometimes more. General coloration is darker than in European moose. The upper body and neck are grayish-brown, with throat and underparts blackish. The back and lower parts of the legs are usually light brown, but sometimes blackish. There is a distinct seasonal color change. Colors are more intense in August. The dewlap or “bell” is larger than in European moose, the muzzle is longer and greatly swollen, and the bare spot at its tip is pear-shaped or T-shaped. The antlers are often large and massive, with good palms and many short tines, and may weigh considerably more than 44 pounds (20 kg); however, in some areas antlers of the cervine type may also be found, with branched points only.

Hunting territory

Kamchatka

Kamchatka

Trophy: Chukotka (Kamchatka) Moose

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 springsetc. 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).

Yakutia

Yakutia

Trophy: Yakutia Moose

The Yakutia Republic is located at the north of the Eastern Siberia. Over 1/3 of its territory is situated within the Polar Circle. Mountains make up over 2/3 of the area. It is bounded by the Laptev and East Siberian Seas. There are large rivers and over 700 lakes in the region. The climate is extremely continental. Winter is long and harsh, summer is short and warm. The forests cover about 4/5 of the territory.

Yaroslavl region

Yaroslavl region

Trophy: European Moose

Yaroslav is located not far from Moscow, the distance is about 165 miles (266 km). The terrain is plain with low hills (up to 958 feet or 292 m). Volga is the main river of the region. Also there are 83 lakes in the area. The climate is moderately continental. The average temperature in January is 14 F (-10 C), in July 64 F (18 C). The forests cover up to 1/2 of the region’s territory.

Hunting

European Moose

European Moose

Hunting during the rut: The moose is active mostly early in the morning and late in the evening, often also all through the night. Imitating the moose’s roar, the guide provokes the trophy male to come out the open spot.
Driven hunts: The guides prepare for the hunt in advance and search for the trophy animals. After selecting the area they assign the hunter with a shooting spot and start the drive.

Chukotka (Kamchatka) Moose

Chukotka (Kamchatka) Moose

Northern Kamchatka: the hunter and a guide move along the river in a boat searching for the moose. As soon as the animal is noticed the hunt is spot-and-stalk.
Central Kamchatka: Hunting in Fall: Horses are used for transportation around the hunting area, which allows the hunter to cover great distance in search of the giant moose. After noticing the animal the hunter approaches it by foot.
Winter hunt: Snowmobiles are used for transportation around the area. After finding the track the hunter and the guide use skis to approach the moose.

Yakutia Moose

Yakutia Moose

Hunting during the rut: An hour before sunrise the hunter needs to be at the “lek”. Spots with broken bush, fresh tracks and leks are found in advance by the guides. Males start to roar in the dark. Imitating the moose’s roar, the guide provokes the trophy male to come out the open spot. The shooting distance is 15-100 yards/meters. Spot-and-stalk hunt is also possible.

Route

First you will need to arrive to the capital of Russia–Moscow. After finishing all custom formalities you will be transferred to the hunting region.

  • European Moose: A car transfer is required from Moscow to the hunting region (230 miles or 370 km).
  • Chukotka (Kamchatka) Moose: Northern Kamchatka: Domestic flight to Petropavlovsk (9-10 hours), then a short flight to Tilichiki. After that a helicopter transfer to the hunting camp is required.
    Central Kamchatka: Domestic flight to Petropavlovsk (9-10 hours), then a helicopter transfer to the hunting camp is required. Plan to spend 14 days in Russia, with 7-9 day hunt.
  • Yakutia Moose: Domestic flight from Moscow to Yakutsk (about 7 hours), then a short flight to Zyryanka. After that a helicopter transfer to the base camp is required.

Accommodation

  • European Moose: Various hunting houses are available.
  • Chukotka (Kamchatka) Moose: Hunting houses or tented camps.
  • Yakutia Moose: Hunting house or tented camp.

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