Tur hunting in Russia

 

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Introduction

Russia is a country with beautiful landscape, historic architecture, and great resources. It is a country with the long and unique history. You will explore a new part of the world and meet great people here. Besides, being the largest country in the world, inhabited by 320 mammal species and 730 bird species, Russia is one of the greatest hunting nations. We would like to welcome you to the Caucasus region of Russia. The Caucasus Mountains Range marks one of the points where Europe and Asia meet, it stretches about 1,127 kilometers (700 miles) between Black and Caspian seas. Nearly equal in size and height to Alps, the Caucasus Mountains Range includes several peaks that rise more than 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) above sea level. The beautiful double-peaked Elbrus is the pride of the Caucasus Mountains. The local people call Elbrus “Ash-Gamakho”, which means “Happiness-Bringing Mountain”. This gentle-sloped volcano in the center of the Caucasus Mountains marks the highest point of Europe, with its eastern summit at 5621 meters (18,442 feet) and its western summit – 5642 m (18,510 feet). The Caucasus is the region where you can find one of the top hunting trophies – the Turs. Three species inhabit Russia: West Caucasian Tur, East Caucasian Tur (Dagestan Tur) and Mid-Caucasian Tur. The beautiful Caucasian Chamois is also available in this region.

Hunting season


Dagestan Tur: April 15 – May 15, July 15 – December 25
Kuban Tur: July 1 – November 30
Mid-Caucasian Tur: April 15 – May 15, July 15 – December 25
Caucasian Chamois: August 1 – November 10 with the optimal period from September 1 to October 15

Trophy

Caucasian Chamois

Caucasian Chamois

This beautiful graceful animal lives at moderately high altitudes and is adapted to living in steep, rugged, rocky terrain. Both males and females have short, straightish horns which are hooked backwards near the tip. Caucasian Chamois is similar to Alpine Chamois but somewhat smaller, with relatively short, stout horns. Horn lengths from 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) were recorded between 1891-1913 by Rowland Ward.

Dagestan Tur

Dagestan Tur (East Caucasian Tur)

Shoulder height 31-39 inches (79-98 cm). Weight 120-175 pounds (55-80 kg), sometimes to 220 pounds (100 kg). Somewhat smaller and darker in color than West Caucasian Tur. The coat is uniformly reddish-brown in summer, with underparts whitish and the tail, breast and lower legs darker. Turns a uniform dark brown in winter, with underparts slightly lighter and the tail, breast and lower legs much darker. There is a small white rump patch. Beard is dark and very short (up to three inches, or 76 mm, in length). The horns are quite unusual for a goat, being smooth and rounded, curving above and behind the neck, with the tips turning inward and upward; they are quite similar to those of the Himalayan blue sheep or bharal, but are more massive. Females have short, thin horns that grow outward, upward and back. Males and females keep separate except during mating season. An extremely good climber as are all goats. Dagestan Tur, like all tur, is a very fine and sporting game animal. It is hunted in steep, high mountains where good physical condition is a must, long shots may be required, and even an average trophy is something to be proud of.

Kuban Tur

Kuban Tur (West Caucasian Tur)

Shoulder height 37-42 inches (95-107 cm). Weight 200-250 pounds (91-113 kg). Females are about 30 percent smaller than males. Larger than Mid-Caucasian Tur, with a more ibexlike appearance. The hoofs are large. The beard is long (up to seven inches, or 178 mm), narrow and prominent. The short summer coat is yellowish-tan, lighter on the back and sides, darker on the head, very dark brown on the tail and lower legs, and dirty white on the belly. The winter coat is heavier and coarser, varying from grayish to yellowish-brown, with a dark dorsal stripe. The horns are black and rather similar to those of an ibex, being scimitar-shaped and having prominent cross ridges on the front surface, but they are much more massive and relatively shorter. The tips are widely separated, the distance varying from about 16-26 inches (41-66 cm), sometimes more. The horns appear almost circular in cross section, actually being triangular with strongly rounded angles and bulging surfaces (especially the orbital and nuchal surfaces; the front surface is flatter). Females have thin, weak horns that are elliptical in section and slightly curved. A top game animal that lives in some of the most beautiful mountain country anywhere. The hunt is physically demanding and long shots may be required. Bad weather can be a problem in this region, with fog, rain, hail, snow and strong winds a daily possibility. Hunters should be in shape and allow enough days.

Mid-Caucasian Tur

Mid-Caucasian Tur

Intermediate between West Caucasian and East Caucasian Turs. Standing 38-43 inches (97-109 cm) at the shoulder. The black horns are somewhat smoother, with smaller cross ridges, and the tips may be closer together. The beard is shorter, being only of moderate length. Summer coat is reddish-gray, with forehead and chest darker and browner; front of legs darker, becoming black near the hoofs; belly and inner thighs a dirty white. A darker dorsal stripe may or may not be present.

Hunting Territory

Kabardino-Balkaria

Kabardino-Balkaria

Trophy: Mid-Caucasian Tur. This republic is a part of the Russian Federation. It is mainly located in the mountains of the North Caucasus, with its northern part on the plain. Elbrus Mountain (18 510 feet or 5642 m) is the highest point of the region and of the whole Russia and Europe. Nalchik city is the capital of the region. The climate is continental with the average temperatures in January measuring 10-24 F (-4 °С, -12 °С), in July up to 73 F (24 С) on the plain and 40 F (4 C) in the mountains. The forests make up about 1/10 of the territory.

Karachaevo-Cherkessia

Karachaevo-Cherkessia

Trophy: KubanTur, Caucasian Chamois. This republic is a part of the Russian Federation. Cherkessk city is the capital of the region. Karachaevo-Cherkessia lays in the foothills of North-Western Caucasus. The climate is moderately warm; summer is warm and long with much precipitation. Average temperatures are 26 F (-3 C) in January and 68 F (26 C) in July. The great part of the republic (about 80%) is situated in the mountain area. Elbrus Mountain is located at the border with Kabardino-Balkaria. There are 130 alpine lakes, a lot of waterfalls and 172 rivers in this region.

Northern Osetia

Northern Osetia

Trophy: DagestanTur. This is a republic in southwestern Russia, on the northern flank of the Greater Caucasus Range. Vladikavkaz is the capital of the republic. About half of the region lays in the mountain area.  The highest peak is Kazbek mountain (16 512 feet or 5033 m). The climate is moderately continental with the average temperatures of 24 F (-4 C) in January and 75 F (24 C) in July. Forests cover up to 22% of the territory.

Hunting

Tur hunting will be one of your greatest mountain adventures. It demands stamina and the hunter has to be fit. You will hunt on foot at the steep mountains. Horses can rarely be used due to the harsh terrain. Great trophy males prefer the most unapproachable areas. Hunting is spot-and-stalk.

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 the domestic flight to the hunting area, accompanied by our representative.

  • Kabardino-Balkaria, Mid-Caucasian Tur: After a short flight Moscow-Nalchik (about 2 hours and 15 minutes), you will be transferred to the base camp by car.
  • Karachaevo-Cherkessia, Kuban Tur and Caucasian Chamois: A flight to Mineralnye Vody takes about 2 hours. Then you will be transferred to the base camp by car.
  • Northern Osetia, Dagestan Tur: Take a short flight to Vladikavkaz (about 2 hours and 10 minutes). After that a car transfer to the camp shall follow.

Combination hunts are possible. You can hunt different Tur species and Caucasian Chamois in one trip.

Accommodation

Comfortable tent camps are used to accommodate hunters in all hunting areas.

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