Need to clean up the hunt in the Belgorod region

Photo by Anton ZHURAVKOVA

Photo by Anton ZHURAVKOVA

We have been observing not the first year for the collapse of the hunting economy in Russia, and we are embarrassed because management of such a serious matter has been made by people who have no initiative and are not prepared in these matters, which has nullified the long-term work of millions of people.

In order to correct the current situation, we offer:

– in certain regions of the Russian Federation, it is more careful and principled to approach certain types of hunting and weapons used.

Is it a hunt when a hunter (it is difficult to call him a hunter) is at a great distance from the object of hunting (marmot-bait), sitting in an easy chair (chair), at the table, under an umbrella and does not even hold a weapon (rifled with an optical sight) ), because it is (lies) on the table.

The probability of hitting the target 80–90%. And poachers have all these weapons equipped with silencers. What can remain after such hunters? Hunting should be built on equal terms for the beast and the hunter!

To this end:

– ban in the Belgorod region the use of rifled weapons on hunts, with the exception of hunting for hoofed animals (elk, deer, wild boar);

– find out the reasons for the low performance of individual governors, who have one hunter inspector in the districts instead of three. To obligate as soon as possible to restore the number of inspectors specified by the President of the Russian Federation in districts and urban districts.

In addition, to successfully fulfill their duties, provide inspectors with quad bikes and snowmobiles (that's when it will be in a state way);

– submit to the Federal Law “On Hunting” and the Hunting Rules a forgotten, previously successfully applied method of public control: presentation of documents on the right of hunting to each other by two hunters located in hunting grounds;

– the wild boar in our Belgorod hunting grounds was completely knocked out, i.e. caused material damage to hunting farms, but did not compensate them for material damage.

In order to compensate for material damage to healthy healthy animals, those officials who signed the wild boar regulations were obliged to purchase photo traps to combat poaching and control the frequency of visits of animals to the hunting grounds and give them to hunting organizations.

In addition, subventions from the federal budget for the implementation of delegated powers to the subject of the Federation (Belgorod Region) are regularly allocated, but where we go, we do not see and do not know.

And the regional administration intends to replace the wild boar with other animals, but again at the expense of the people and hunting organizations;

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– every hunter after acquiring a hunting weapon carries out the shooting of these weapons.

And he achieves the selection of the charge that suits him (accuracy, sharpness, uniform scree and normal return) for summer hunts (wearing a shirt) and autumn-winter when he is wearing a warm jacket. What we have done for this made the Russian Interior Ministry and the WG?

They banned the shooting of smooth-bore (and rifled too) weapons during the year, with the exception of the hunting season and in specially equipped places (shooting galleries). It turns out: I bought a gun in April and wait for November ?! This can be done by a person without vision.

After all, a hunter should aim his weapon for the hunting season, and “not to feed the dog when you need to go hunting.” Where do villagers find a shooting range for shooting weapons?

We propose to amend the Federal Law “On Weapons” of December 13, 1996 No. 150-ФЗ:

– To carry out the shooting of hunting smooth-bore weapons during the year in places specially designated by hunting organizations (beam, ravine, quarry, etc.) subject to ensuring safety for people and animals firing weapons with written permission from hunting users.

This was stated in Ex. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation of 12.04.1999, No. 228 “On measures for the implementation … of the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation of 21.07.1998, No. 814”.

It's time to turn to a sober assessment of the situation! They (the Ministry of Internal Affairs, FSRG) would install fences, “pull the thorn, put everything under the lock and alarm system, and rustle their notes in their pockets;

– Only the worst enemy of the culture of their people, their way of life and centuries-old traditions can make a proposal for the collapse of breeding dog breeding, which allows hunting dogs to be trained and trained only from September 1 to 14 every year (paragraph 47 of the Hunting Rules). The rest of the time is banned.

How can you grow up, bring up a master of his craft, if he is allowed to train only once a year – from September 1 to September 14 ?! This is a great folly and lack of professionalism!

We propose to make changes to the Rules of Hunting: to carry out hunting and hunting dogs of hunting breeds in specially designated areas for training and training of hunting dogs, with the exception of March – June.

– In 2011, the Security Council of the town of Gubkin made its decision to ban hunting of waterfowl in the reservoirs of the tailing equipment workshop of Lebedinsky GOK, as it is located on the territory rented by the GOK.

Now, on these bodies of water, the “aristocratic hunting of appanage princes” is flourishing under the protection of departmental guards, and the right hunters are strictly forbidden to enter there. Why do laws act on some and do nothing for others? It's time to cover this "raspberry"!

– Due to the large obligations to the voters and the workload to release the governors (heads of regions) from their unusual work – to open (set time limits) for the hunt.

Most of the regional leaders are not themselves personally hunters, and they are absolutely indifferent to these terms.

Only red tape is added and the hunt opens 2-3 days after the governor signs the decree, which creates great difficulties in obtaining (issuing) permits (vouchers) in such a limited time.

We offer: to provide hunting users with the opportunity to independently open a hunt (we are closer to the land and water) and then inform the authorities specifically authorized to hunt in the regions.

And the timeframe and the timely ending of the hunt should be supervised by bodies specifically authorized in the regions. The hunting users have only duties and no rights!

– To restore, on a legislative basis, the institute of public hunting inspectors with the right to draw up protocols on administrative responsibility for violation of the Rules for Hunting and Fishing.

Alexey Korshikov, Yuri Artamonov, Viktor Yeremin and others. Hunters of the Belogorodskaya region. (166 signatures in total – submitted to the editorial board of “ROG”)

July 8, 2019 at 12:55

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Almost shot

Photo by Alexander Nazarov.

Photo by Alexander Nazarov.

In the morning I went to the river, and together with a decoy we tricked three drakes.

There, on the big water, free suitors were still hanging out, which we took advantage of.
Woodcock evening thrust.

So much has been written and said on this topic that it is no longer possible to make out where your personal thoughts are, and what is acquired from the rich pantry of hunting literature.

I love this poetic hunt for beautiful sunsets, a special evening atmosphere, spring birdsong, for the intense expectation of the beginning of traction.

And when, as always unexpectedly, you hear the male’s incomparable call, you freeze, your heart beats, you look with your eyes where it is flying from, throw up your gun, a shot – and …

For the sake of this moment, I am ready to go to the favorite meadow in the rain and snow, to stand and absorb all this in order to have enough of these experiences for a whole year until next spring. When you get a good shot, you rejoice and at the same time grieve. It is a mixture of feelings of a goal and pity for a beautiful bird.

Three woodcocks came up this evening. I took the first cleanly. He fell not far, but I still did not walk, but ran to the place of the fall. Until it got dark, you need to find a downed bird. Try to make out on last year's grass and foliage of the same motley sandpick.

I propudyol following, and he tricked to the ground and for the bushes did not give the possibility of a second shot.

The third went from right to left. I raised my gun, overtook it with my trunks and pulled the trigger. Apparently, I took the trunks too far forward, the woodcock turned away from me after the shot, and I fired into the hijacking.

From the shot, he was slightly thrown over, he pulled over the forest and smoothly went down. Likewise … Bad … No need to shoot over the forest. It is difficult to find in the woods, in the twilight, a small motley bird.

It was useless to go looking for a fallen woodcock in an uncertain place. I rescheduled this event in the morning. Moreover, the next day was an Orthodox holiday – Easter.

On such a day, I do not hunt. Not because I'm such a strong believer. I have an ambiguous attitude towards religion. It was just a warning.

Me and my comrade from our hunting brigade were almost shot dead on a driven moose hunt. Trofimych, that is the name of my comrade, stood on the room and, so that the snow did not crunch under his feet, put a spruce under his feet.

Then the huntsman gave the command to all move to two numbers, and I stood in his place. Trofimich has a smooth-bore gun, and I have a carbine. Therefore, for me his place was not entirely suitable. I moved about ten meters to a cleaner place where I could control more space.

When the beast stepped on the shooting line, a hunter with a carbine loaded with an enveloped bullet hit the elk’s foot, and she ricocheted off and cut down a birch tree with a lapnik on it.

At the level of the abdomen and precisely through the spruce. If we stayed there …

It was one of the Twenty Great (main) Orthodox holidays. Since then, Trofimych and I have considered this day the second day of our birth, and I try not to hunt on big church holidays.

In the morning, having slept, having breakfast Easter with Easter cake, I went around all the grandmothers in the village, exchanged chicken colored eggs and, giving each a small Easter cake, went to look for a woodcock.

The ethics of the hunter obliges, if you shot at a beast or a bird, make every effort to get a wounded animal or find a dead game.

Having got to the place where I last shot, I visually restored yesterday's shot and determined the place where the wounded animal fell. It was a square meter fifty fifty eighty. So I, based on the experience of past hunts, determined the possible place of the fall. Methodically, meter by meter, bypassed the square I defined.

For about twenty minutes I ironed the forest, and, as always, when hope was already dying, I saw him.
There was a woodcock a meter from my feet, and after he realized that he had been discovered, he took off and, cheerfully tacking between the trees, disappeared from his eyes. Thank god, I thought. So, the wound is light, and he will live.

When I turned my eyes back to where he was sitting, I was stupefied. In the same place was my fool, slightly spreading his wings.

The fact that this was mutual assistance is immediately understandable. The second woodcock was sitting on top and warming it with his body. But not only. I was convinced of this a little later.

It was Easter, the celebration of the celebration of life, and I could not stop the torment of the bird. Although on ordinary days, while hunting for a woodcock, this has to be done often.

I picked it up. He did not flutter, but only turned his head. I brought it home, put it in a box and put it in a warm place by the stove. When I looked into the box in about forty minutes, he was already numb.

It means that not only his fellow tribesman supported him with warmth, but also somehow transferred life force to him.

A lot of thoughts come to mind after such cases. How little we know about nature. How easily we treat it from the height of our place on earth.

No, I won’t give up the hunt. This is my chosen way of communicating with nature, and I don’t yet see the other. Unless these thoughts would reach me, do not be this wounded. You cannot survive such deep feelings with a camera.

But I will sell off part of my weapons arsenal.

Vasily Ognev
                     July 8, 2019 at 13:59

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Woodcock Surgeon

Photo by the author.

Photo by the author.

Sunny quiet day. In the evening, I went on a woodcock hunt for the village of Kalistovo, Lotoshinsky District, Moscow Region.

He stopped the car on the edge of the forest and went through the clearing to its end – to the place where the clearing passes through the clearing into the second clearing (throat).

I got up at the end of the first meadow 30 meters in front of the entrance to the second. My faithful assistant on this hunt was Kurtzhaar Darton.

The first woodcock flew 20-25 meters across the meadow, overgrown with birch undergrowth, which I passed, 150 meters from me.

The first woodcock, which passed on the shot, flew from a far second clearing through my throat to my clearing. Shot number 9 shot I managed to get it.

The woodcock fell on an open level place pressed by the melted snow of last year's grass. I was well visible from a distance of about 25 meters. While searching for a bird, Darton ran past the woodcock and could not find it by smell and did not notice it.

I walked up and took the beak of the sandpiper from the ground. Darton noticed the bird only when it was in my hands.

The second woodcock flew at 20.20 from the first glade directly at me "on a bayonet" at the throat of the first glade crossing into the second. A shot of "nine" managed to get it. I walked over and took the bird from Darton standing over him – it turned out to be a wounded.

Looking at my trophy, I missed the next woodcock.

At 20.23 from the first clearing and birch undergrowth the next woodcock pulls on the throat. He put the second mined woodcock on the ground, Darton took him into the mouth, grabbed his gun, threw it up and fired at the woodcock twice, the 9th and 7th, all by. All in a hurry and without precise aiming – that is why a miss.

The next woodcock flew by at 20.28 side, out of the shot.

At 20.34, two toy horses flew over the high birches of the main forest along the edge of the clearing. Tsykali and dive around each other. It was interesting to watch them. At 20.40 another woodcock passed across the meadow, out of the shot. Woodcocks fly both across the meadow, and in the direction of the throat – the transition from one meadow to another.

The next day I started cleaning woodcocks. On one of them I found a spot covered with very thin feathers.

On closer examination, it turned out that it was a sore, covered with a "plaster" from down and feathers of a woodcock. I managed to carefully separate this “patch” from the body of the woodcock and save it.

I thought that under the "patch" will be found penetrating wound into the body of the woodcock and pellet under the skin. Under the “plaster” was healthy, with the remnants of hematoma tissue, near the hip joint of the left leg of the woodcock and the pelvis (I'm not sure about the correct names in terms of ornithology).

After opening (incision) of this fabric with a thin blade of the pellet knife and visible damage to the flesh is also not detected.

The weight of the woodcock was about 280 grams.

It was possible to save the "patch" for further study under the microscope. When viewed, it did not collapse or cut. The "patch" was photographed in a light passing through the thin structures of the "patch" and reflected from the "patch".

Photo by the author.

Considering the “patch” under the microscope, I discovered dried bruises, which indicates the penetrating nature of the injury, while the woodcock stopped the “plaster” bleeding.

Interspersed in the structure of the patch are not only fluff and very small feathers, but also vegetative elements of green color.

The structure of the "patch" resembled in its volumetric composition a reinforced composite material – an anisotropic body consisting of a matrix – feathers, down and vegetable filaments and a filler – "resin" in the form of dried blood and lymph, possibly a different frozen liquid fraction.

Undoubtedly the artificial origin of this "patch". Woodcock consciously created a “plaster” and cured a wound received, possibly, as a result of a hunter’s uncalculated, distant shot.

Perhaps he even removed the grain that had penetrated the skin in this place. It was not possible to prove the last document, but the presence of caked blood in the “patch” indicates the likelihood of such an event.

In photographing the "patch" was used microscope MIKMED-1. Lens APO 10 x 0.30; eyepiece K7x. Nozzle with a magnification of 1.5. The total increase is 105 (10 x 7 x 1.5). More than 140 shots were taken.

The “patch” has been saved, and I can transfer it for further more detailed and in-depth research to interested specialists in the Woodcock group.

Alexey Nikiforov
                     July 8, 2019 at 14:56

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Kazakhstan will open the hunt for argali for 100 thousand dollars



This project involves the study of the impact on the population of limited seizures – up to 1% of the total population – of old males who have left the reproductive age.

For the shooting of old males, it is planned to attract foreign tourists-hunters who are ready, in addition to the market price for such a hunt, to allocate funds for the study, preservation and restoration of the species in our country.

This wild animal restoration mechanism is successfully used in the USA, Canada, Tajikistan, Mongolia, and Kyrgyzstan.

“We are completing the stage of developing a model for sustainable development of hunting tourism. Much work has been done.

In the state program of tourism development until 2025 there is a separate line on the development of hunting tourism as a promising type of tourism.

During the year, the mechanism was worked out by American colleagues. This work is related to scientific justification.

The experience of neighboring states shows when Red Book animals in a certain volume are shot, the population not only decreases, but, on the contrary, grows. This is a global experience.

We want to work out the model. Older individuals need to shoot, it will contribute to the growth of the population. In nature, everything must be in balance.

Trophy hunting tourism is a kind of balance, ”said Timur Duysengaliyev, deputy chairman of the board of Kazakh Tourism JSC, at a round table in the capital.

The cost of argali starts from 100 thousand dollars. According to the adviser to the chairman of the board of KazakhTourism JSC, Batyr Seikenov, most of the funds allocated for hunting will go to science.

“Mongolia sells 70-80 heads of argali sells per year, in Tajikistan – 40. If we enter the market, we will become expensive sellers in the market. We have 6 subspecies of argali. Hunters are the people who come for impressions, trophies, ”noted Batyr Seikenov.

“Why do hunters from all over the world want to come to us? The Kazakhstan subspecies of argali is found only on the territory of our country. Therefore, they are ready to pay huge money – 100 thousand dollars, ”he added.

“If we launch hunters who bring money, there will be an opportunity to invest this money in the development of the argali population.

A foreign hunter arrives, pays for the withdrawal. This money goes to the budget of Kazakhstan – about 12 thousand dollars. For the organization of hunting pays about 15-20 thousand dollars, as it will be accompanied by huntsmen, food, etc.

All other money goes to the development of science, to protection from poachers, genetics. All this money is directed to the preservation of this subspecies.

A foreigner needs only horns, the rest of the organs we will take to the study. After examining the organs, we can prevent disease. This is being done in all developed countries, ”said Batyr Seikenov.

In Kazakhstan, there are more than 16 thousand different types of argali. As noted in the national company, this year a regulatory legal act will be prepared, which will allow to engage in this type of activity. The process can begin as early as 2020.

July 10, 2019 at 09:40


Yakutians canceled live queues for hunting permits



According to the changes, a queue will be formed only for submitting an application for the extraction of limited types of hunting resources in order to carry out hunting in public hunting grounds.

Electronic placement is carried out from the fourth Thursday of July of the current (July 25, 2019) from 18:00, through the portal of state and municipal services of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

To enter the electronic queue, you must have a valid account in the Unified Identification and Authentication System ( and a hunting ticket of a single federal sample.

When electronic recording, the applicant receives an electronic queue number indicating the date and time, according to which he comes to the reception of the Department of hunting and specially protected natural areas during working hours from 9.00 to 18.00 (lunch time from 13.00 to 14.00 ., day off – Saturday, Sunday) to apply for a permit for the extraction of limited types of hunting resources in publicly accessible hunting areas at the address: Yakutsk, ul. Kurashova 30/1, room 206.

Permission to the extraction of hunting resources, on which the limit of their extraction is set, according to the electronic record is issued only to the person who has registered in the electronic queue or his legal representative.

The Ministry of Environment of Yakutia notes that other types of queues are illegitimate and applications for them will not be accepted.

July 10, 2019 at 09:48

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Burmatov interceded for the Baikal seals



In the spring of 2019, the initiative of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation to change the standards of harmful effects on the ecosystem of Lake Baikal was discussed.

It was planned to make changes to the order No. 63 existing since 2010 “On approval of standards for maximum permissible impacts on the unique ecological system of Lake Baikal and the list of harmful substances, including substances belonging to the categories of especially dangerous, highly dangerous, dangerous and moderately dangerous for a unique environmental system of Lake Baikal "and reduce the requirements for wastewater, which were supposed to merge into Baikal.

According to a number of scientists, the new requirements significantly increased the permissible mass of substances discharged with sewage into the lake and posed a danger to its ecology.

“The order passed the hearing and was preparing for adoption, but we wrote an official appeal addressed to Minister Dmitry Kobylkin with a request to return the order for revision and discuss it with the scientific community, because, in my opinion, the indicators are not finalized and greatly overestimated, which is unacceptable. To date, the order has not been signed, has not been registered, and has been returned for discussion with experts and with the scientific community, ”said Vladimir Burmatov.

The chairman of the ecology committee also touched upon the fate of the Baikal seal, the Baikal seal, which lives only on Lake Baikal and is no longer found anywhere in nature.

According to Burmatov, not so long ago an attempt was made to resolve the hunt for the Baikal seal, under the pretext that it bred too much.

“I think that the measure was unacceptable, since no one told us the exact number of individuals,” the deputy noted. – We had a conversation in the government, and when they tried to convince me that the hunt could be resolved, I asked to show the calculations.

It turned out that no one thought of a nerp, although in the winter period this was done elementary. Just someone decided that the hunt can be resolved, and came up with the idea that the seals divorced too much.

We managed to stop this situation, no one tries to revise it, but if they do, our position will remain the same: we cannot risk an endemic species. ”

Burmatov also believes that there is no need to mark the Baikal seals using satellite radio beacons, because their habitats are understandable, and counting the number of individuals is easy to conduct in the winter. In addition, tagging can harm animals.

In July 2019, the expedition, organized by the Lake Baikal Foundation, will start, during which the Baikal seal will be tagged using satellite radio beacons, which will allow you to monitor the migration of animals in the lake for several months.

July 10, 2019 at 09:59


The danger of trophy hunting for bighorn sheep



In the Amur Region, the Tokinsko-Stanovoy National Park is being designed on the site of the existing regional Tokino Reserve named after G.A. Fedoseev.

One of the main tasks of the reserve and the park being created is to preserve the population group of bighorn sheep.

The subspecies inhabiting here is Allen's ram listed in the Red Books of the Amur Region and Yakutia.

In the Amur region, thorny horns of this subspecies inhabit a narrow strip of the highlands of Tokinsky Stanovik (the eastern section of the Stanovy Range), and are occasionally noted on the Dzhugdyr Range; in Yakutia, the northern macroslope of Tokinsky Stanovik and certain parts of the Aldan Highlands.

Even according to the most optimistic estimates, the total number of Allen sheep in the Amur Region and Yakutia does not exceed 800–1000 individuals (Red Book of the Sakha Republic, 2003; Red Book of the Amur Region, 2009).

A significant proportion of the livestock of this rare subspecies is concentrated within two bordering PAs that occupy the central part of Tokinsky Stanovik: from the Amur side – the Tokinsky sanctuary; from the Yakutsk side – Lake Big Toko Resource Reserve.

Until recently, these specially protected areas of regional significance successfully coped with the task of protecting bighorn sheep.

The risk of negative human impact on the population grouping of Allen rams is increasing.

Across the western part of Tokinsky Stanovik, the Ulak-Elga railway and automobile routes were laid, from which it became possible for ATVs to penetrate directly to the ram's habitats.


To the north – in the neighboring Yakutia there is the Elginskoye coal deposit, which has been developed since 2000.

From the south-west, large-scale deforestation occurs, conducted mainly by Chinese workers who are known for their poaching tendencies.

On the east side, large-scale geological exploration of the nickel deposit (the mouth of the Ayumkan river and the Kun-Manyer river basin) is underway, which is currently entering the final stage, after which it is planned to be developed.

However, at present, trophy hunting poses the greatest danger to the snow sheep of the Amur Region and southern Yakutia.

Members of the Evenk communities “Yuktyu” (Spring) and “Taiga” periodically register cases of the use of helicopters on Tokinsky Stanovik for hunting.

Obviously, the main purpose of this expensive “pleasure” are bighorn sheep. The bighorn is a valuable object of expensive trophy hunting (Zheleznov-Chukotka, 2007).

Cases of prey of these animals from helicopters are widely known. Even when the organizers practice hunting from an approach, customers are always delivered to the habitats of sheep by helicopters, which bothers the animals.

Judging by the photo materials posted on the Internet (, such hunting is carried out not only in the summer-autumn, but also in the winter-spring period.

It is known that anxiety factor, approaching or flying a helicopter, hunting, forces animals to leave local parts of the mountains, rich in food, and move through the snowy floodpipes in search of shelter on rocky slopes.

Often, large herds disintegrate into smaller ones, or animals flee alone. Such movements are extremely dangerous for these ungulates (Fil, Mosolov, 2010).

The facts of the death of up to 40-50% of the population of groups disturbed by people at wintering sites are known (Bromley, Kucherenko, 1983).

Particularly cynical is the holding of trophy hunts on rare ungulates under the pretext of their study and even … protection.

The organizers and participants recently published an article “Snow ram (OVIS NIVICOLA) on the Tokinsky Stanovik ridge near the junction of the borders of the Khabarovsk Territory, the Amur Region and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)” (Medvedev, Bendersky 2019) about a similar hunt on Tokinsky Stanovik.

It reports on the results of aerial surveys and on the shooting of five males of a bipod in the second half of August – September 2018.

According to the authors, "the shooting was carried out in the Tuguro-Chumikansky district of the Khabarovsk Territory … with special permits issued by the Khabarovsk Committee of Hunting."

This statement contradicts the name and content of the article, since Tokinsky Stanovik does not capture the territory of the Tuguro-Chumikansky district, the nearest point of which is 60 km south-east of the extreme eastern tip of this mountain range.

Read the article "State Duma Deputy Vladislav Reznik, who is a member of the Mountain Hunters Club, proposed to allow the hunting of the Red Book views"

The eastern part of the northern macroslope of Tokinskiy Stanovik includes only the territory of the Ayano-Maisky district of the Khabarovsk Territory, for which no permits were issued for the shooting of hornbills.

The fact that the organizers of the hunt previously took permission to shoot three snowy sheep in the Amur region, where this species is listed in the regional Red Book (2009), also makes one doubt the exact location of the prey.

In addition, directly in the text of the message, it is mentioned that the sheep were shot at Tokinsky Stanovik, and the works and records of this hunting expedition "covered some parts … of the Amur Region and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the district of the origins of r. Zeya and Lake Big Toko.

Let us pay attention to the fact that the entire specified territory is under special protection, completely excluding the hunt for the rich horns: from the Yakutsk side there is the “Great Toko Lake” resource reserve; from Amurskaya – GA Tokinsky reserve Fedoseev.


That is, the content of the article clearly indicates that bighorn sheep were shot illegally: either within the protected areas of the Amur region and (or) Yakutia, or in the Ayano-May district of the Khabarva region, without the appropriate permits.

In addition, when aerial records in the area of ​​the origins of the river. Zeya and Lake Bolshoi Toko has been grossly violated the protected areas regime, prohibiting flights at altitudes below 1000 m. The recommended flight altitude with aerial surveys 100-125 m (Kuzmin et al., 1984); maximum possible – 200 – 250 m.

All violations reflected in the article D.G. Medvedeva and E.V. Bendersky (2019) gives grounds for the environmental protection structures of the Amur Region, Yakutia, the Khabarovsk Territory and the Russian Federation to thoroughly verify the legality of the actions of the members of the Mountain Hunters Club at Tokinsky Stanovik.

For the time being we will leave on the conscience of the authors the exact place and legality of shooting, as well as an obvious violation of the protected areas regime.

Let us ask ourselves a different question: for what scientific purposes were five (!) Adult animals killed, representing an indisputable genetic and socio-informational asset of a unique, extremely vulnerable population?

They were not presented in the collection of zoological museums – not a word about this in the article. The only valid information in this publication is the standard measurements of the shot bighorn sheep.

Currently, there are well-tested methods for the lifetime removal of biological material for genetic samples. In some types of studies, animal hair is sufficient.

To study the nutrition of wild ungulates, it is not necessary to open their stomachs; usually carry out visual observations of the feeding individuals with the subsequent analysis of food.

The sex-age composition of the shot snow sheep (five adult males) leaves no doubt about the real purpose of this “scientific” event – definitely only trophy hunting!

And the rare subspecies of the Allen ram, not the Yakut ram, was deliberately chosen as the target, the majority of whose populations do not yet cause concern.

Judging by the performances on television, for members of the "Club of Mountain Hunters" it becomes a special chic to collect complete collections of trophies of rare protected species and subspecies of mountain ungulates, including thornhorses.

In 2017, this organization tried to get permission to shoot 6 Putorani snow sheep listed in the Red Book of the Russian Federation (KKRF), offering 30 million rubles. … to guard them.

The appeal of the Mountain Hunters Club to the authorities of the Russian Federation stated that they are counting on "cooperation" with other rare animals: the Altai argali (listed in the KKRF; under threat of destruction), the bezoar goat (listed in the KKRF), Kodar and Chukotka snow sheep (the first is in danger of extinction; the second is listed in the CCRF).

Attempts to "scientific" justify the dangerous whim of collecting horns of rare and endangered species of ungulates cast a shadow on the scientific community and undermine the foundations of state environmental policy.

This really threatens the safety of the most vulnerable populations. It is appropriate to recall that the custom, which required young men to get a mountain goat during initiation, led to a catastrophic reduction (in places to complete disappearance) of Severtsov’s tour in most parts of Abkhazia and Svaneti.

Living conditions of mountain ungulates in the Far East are extremely harsh, and the area of ​​optimal biotopes, the number and density of the population are many times lower than in the Western Caucasus.

Read the article "Interview with Edward Bendersky: A Look into the Past and Future"

The negative consequences of “hunting prestige” appear much faster. So, according to N.K. Zheleznova-Chukotka (2018), at present, intensive trophy hunting is already undermining the population group of thorny hills of the northern part of the Koryak highland.

It seems that the activists of the Mountain Hunters Club are preparing the same fate for the snow rams of Tokinsky Stanovik.

Frankly provocative is the proposal of D.G. Medvedeva and E.V. Bendersky (2019) on the creation of specialized hunting farms focused on the extraction of Allen's ram.

Moreover, it is proposed to do this not only in the Khabarovsk Territory, but also in the territories of Yakutia and the Amur Region, where this animal is listed in the regional Red Books and is stored in specially designated protected areas.

The goal of their initiatives "mountain hunters" declare … "the preservation of bighorn sheep and an increase in their number."

It makes no sense to prove that animals are safer in the natural undisturbed habitat, hunting for species and subspecies listed in the Red Book is illegal, violations of the protected areas are unacceptable, and attempts to artificially increase the number of population groups living in extreme conditions are fraught with disastrous consequences ( overgrazing, epizootic, etc.).

Apparently, the common sense of some "researchers" sometimes fades in front of the dazzling prospects of possible profit …


Despite the obvious curiosity of the considered publication D.G. Medvedeva and E.V. Bendersky, she clearly outlines the additional risks for populations of snow sheep of the Amur region and Yakutia.

The first step in the prevention of such threats should be a total indefinite ban on shooting of hornbills on the territory of the Amur Region for “scientific” or some other purpose.

On the territory of the Khabarovsk Territory, it is advisable to assess the state of the population of Allen's ram and, possibly, give it protection status.

It is worth considering the possibility of including in the Red Book of the Russian Federation the South Yakutia and Amur population groups of the bastard (a subspecies is the ram of Allen), probably representing a single whole.

At the same time, it is necessary to create PAs on the Khabarovsk side of Tokinsky Stanovik in the basins of the Kuraykandakan, Sargakanda, Idyum and Ege-Salak-Makit rivers.

If this is not done, then, obtaining licenses to hunt within the Khabarovsk part of the ridge, the trophy hunters will continue to threaten the "red-book" groups of Allen's ram, protected in the PAs of the Amur Region and Yakutia.

The creation of the Tokinsko-Stanovoy National Park will be of strategic importance for maintaining the steady state of the Amur population of bighorn sheep.

In our opinion, it is possible to save these animals unique for the Amur region only by the efforts of persons not interested in the extraction of sheep. This will be facilitated by strengthening the protection of the new federal protected areas, the development of scientific work and ecological tourism, which is an integral part of the activity of national parks.

In conclusion, it is worthwhile to separately dwell on the special role of the “Mountain Hunters Club”. This organization, which claims to be involved in scientific research and even in the protection of wildlife, is actually trying to "turn inside out" the generally accepted principles of attitude to the most vulnerable elements of biota.

In recent decades, biological research around the world noticeably humanized. When conducting field observations, bloodless methods are preferred, and other options are not even considered for working with rare and disappearing taxonomic groups.

The Mountain Hunters Club takes a diametrically opposite position, offering “for the sake of science” to shoot representatives of rare and endangered species of animals.

The classics of the national ecological school G.A. Kozhevnikov, N.F. Reimers, F.R. Shtilmark in his works convincingly showed the absolute value of nature for humanity.

In many respects, thanks to their non-utilitarian approach, the conservation system and other environmental protection structures, Russia has repeatedly succeeded in overcoming the ordeals because they worked for the idea.

"Mountain Hunters" actually propose to abandon domestic environmental ethics and legislation in favor of ensuring the whims of rich and super-rich clients.

They demonstrate a complete disregard for the accepted standards of respect for wildlife, openly seeking for themselves the rights to extract rare protected species, including in specially protected areas, up to the creation of hunting farms within the existing protected areas!

Considering the attempts of the Mountain Hunters Club to lobby for their interests at the state level, as well as the significant financial resources of the organizers of elite trophy hunts, we have to admit that the activities of such organizations can undermine not only the populations of rare ungulates, but also the foundations of our country's environmental policy.

And this already carries a real threat to the ecological safety of Russia.

The moment of truth comes: members of the environmental and scientific communities need to prove in practice that not all can be bought, even for very big money.


In our opinion, the issuance of permits for “scientific” shooting of rare protected species (subspecies) of animals should be completely stopped.

At the same time, representatives of the Mountain Hunters Club should become persona non grata for all federal and regional environmental protection structures, as well as for theriologists and ecologists who value their scientific reputation.


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The authors:

Podolsky SA, – Ph.D., Corresponding Member. REA, s.n.s. IWP RAS, Deputy. Director of the Zeya State Nature Reserve for research ([email protected])

Kastrikin Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich – deputy. Director of the Khingan State Nature Reserve for Research

Domanov, TA – Ph.D., senior researcher Zeya State Natural Reserve

July 10, 2019 at 13:11

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Sports festival at the Domodedovo hunters

Photo by the author.

Photo by the author.

My wife chided me, they say, only the doctors dragged you from the edge, as you again took hold of yours.

I, playing along with her, spread out my hands, what can you do, so ugly.

It must be admitted that the leadership of the Domodedovo District Society of Hunters, headed by chairman Yuri Vladimirovich Bashmakov, pays due attention to the shooting training of its members, annually conducting various competitions in shooting from hunting rifles.

Personnel team shooting competition among hunters on June 8, 2019 was no exception.

A team of four athletes was exhibited from each team: two in the exercise “skeet” and two – the “ladder”; in the individual championship any member of society who expressed his desire could take part, presenting a hunting license of the company and a weapon permit.

Each competitor had to take 15 targets in the exercise “skete” or “ladder”. Championship was awarded to the team that hit the largest number of targets out of 60 possible.

In the finals for the individual championship in each exercise allowed six athletes who showed the highest results in the team and in the individual championship. The finalists took a series of 25 plates.

As is customary among hunters, the arrows began to arrive in an orderly manner at the appointed time at the base of Golubino, where the stand is located. Jokes, laughter … Conversations, mainly, were about spring hunting.

But on the speakerphone, everyone is invited to build. The chairman of the company, Y. Bashmakov, accepts the report of the chief judge A. Maltsevsky on the preparedness of athletes for competitions.

Winners of last year's competitions are invited to raise the flags of Russia and society. The anthem of Russia sounds.

At the end of the anthem, the chief judge announces the program of the competition, the sequence of shooting and reminds of the observance of security measures. The arrows diverge around the sites, and an uncompromising struggle begins.

I in these competitions wished to take part on personal championship, having given way to the team of young athletes.

Soon the whole district was announced by single shots and doublets. The most difficult was shooting on a trench stand. It should be recognized: the actions of the judges were clear, and the equipment of the stand worked without failures.

The spectators successful shots of athletes applauded. Especially a lot of applause went to your humble servant.

Looking ahead, I will say that I, as the oldest hunter, for aptly shooting (14 plates out of 15 and participation in the final) was awarded a diploma of spectator sympathies.

Competition results:

The 1st place was taken by the team of team number 9, composed of: S. Chistyakov, S. Shaikin, A. Nikulshin, K. Abramov;
2nd place in team number 13
3rd place was taken by team number 12.

In the final shooting on the “circle”, S. Rybalko won, and on the “trench” S. Leonov.

Victor Gurov
                     July 12, 2019 at 13:32

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Vector is preserved for total extermination of wild boars

photo: Semina Mikhail

photo: Semina Mikhail

Given that the protection of the reserve is assigned to Rosprirodnadzor, there is no one to regulate the number.

Therefore, Deputy Prime Minister Alexei Gordeyev instructed the Ministry of Natural Resources to work out the issue of quickly assigning the reserve to the Nizhne-Svirsky Reserve, whose employees must cope with this task.

In addition, the Rosselkhoznadzor once again considered the number of boars slaughtered in the Oryol, Tver, Kaluga, Kaliningrad and other regions to be insufficient. And he called on the governors "to take under their personal control the issues of downsizing."

Again, in order to protect pig farms from potential African plague.

Thus, the vector for the total extermination of wild boars in central Russia and the Volga region, taken six years ago due to plague outbreaks, remains.

Boars are firmly established in the role of the main villains who carry the infection. Unlike the owners of pig farms, hiding information about outbreaks of disease by hook or by crook, slaughtering animals and sending meat to the surrounding regions.

It seems that soon the last territory, where the boar can feel calm, will remain the Far East. There, the animal is under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister Konstantin Chuichenko, because it is part of the diet of the Amur tiger.

July 12, 2019 at 13:48


Black Devil: about black roe

Photo by the author.

Photo by the author.

Almost every European hunter has at least one trophy of roe deer hanging on the wall.

As a hunting agent and professional hunter, I spend most of the year with clients abroad, so my trophy collection is mostly made up of African, Asian and American game species.

But I am always glad when I manage to carve out some May days for roe hunting at home.

Last year, the joy of the upcoming hunt increased many times after the call of Carsten, a longtime friend from northern Germany.

“Erich, are you still thinking about the black devil?” He asked, and I immediately wanted to crawl through the telephone cable in order to embrace him for this question.

“Are you kidding me?” Are we really talking about the male black roe deer in your land?

The land that Carsten rents with two hunting colleagues is one of the few in Germany where you can hunt a black roe. For many years, the black rogol trophy has been at the top of my list of desired trophies, and Karsten, of course, knew about it, but …

Either I was hanging around the world somewhere, or there were no free licenses left, but somehow, and for some reason he never offered me to get the desired trophy.

And this year, he still had two licenses, which I immediately secured for myself and my hunting colleague Bernard.

Unlike Russia, manufacturers of hunting equipment in Europe and the United States have long ago mastered the production of compact portable ambulances for hunting. Photo by the author.

We planned a hunt for the end of May, after my return from Namibia, and decided to fly from Vienna to Hannover by plane, and not spend the whole day on a trip in a car. To save time on the passage of formalities, we agreed that we would use my friend's hunting weapon.

In Hanover, we were met by Robert, one of the co-tenants of the hunting grounds, and within 45 minutes we were at our destination near the town of Steinhuder Meer.

These were hunting grounds of approximately 1000 hectares; A classic rural landscape with windmills reminded of the famous varieties of German sausage, for the production of which raw materials come from this area.

We settled in a beautifully furnished guest house with its own kitchen. After we settled in our rooms, Robert offered to make a study tour of the grounds.

The territory of the farm was well-kept: the fields with grass stand and planting of grain were interspersed with shrubs and woods, which gave the game enough space for shelter. My friends could be proud of their household. Robert offered me a weapon with Bernard and we checked it out.

Both carbines caliber 30-06 were shot at 100 meters. We needed to make only one shot each to understand that we can be confident in the weapon of others.

In the land dominated by the usual red-brown roe deer. Most often we saw females grazing in the fields. It was already dawn when we spotted the first young female of the black roe alongside two normally painted deer.

This color variation is created by mutation of excess black pigment in the body of a deer. Most often, melanism in nature occurs in cats; for example, the panther is a classic example of the black variation form of the jaguar.

The black roe completely lacks a white mirror. Photo by the author.

The black roe deer, of course, is nothing more than a common deer whose black color is recessive due to not fully clarified reasons, with the predominance of red-brown in the rest of the population. It is curious that such a phenomenon occurs only in this area of ​​Germany.

From the point of view of genetics, the black color of an animal means that both parents carry these genes, although they do not have to be black. A normally painted roe can carry this gene in itself, and therefore, like a brown female, a black calf can be born, and a black calf can be born red-brown.

Black roe deers do not change color depending on the season, but in winter, reindeer hair lacks the shine of summer fur. But the absence of a white spot on the back is a more serious and sure sign that it is a black roe deer.

The next day, the alarm clock raised us at four in the morning. This time we will hunt elsewhere, where the owners saw the black roe deer stags on the eve of our arrival.

After the briefing, Robert took me to one tower, standing on the edge of a large field, and Bernard to another, while he returned to his farm, where urgent work awaited him. Very soon, I understood the warning of our German friend about mosquitoes.

Despite the processing of clothing with mosquito repellents, I had to recall the long-lost skills of "melee". Just a couple of minutes later I lost count, killing mosquitoes.

It was turning slowly; there was no movement on the field in front of me. After half an hour of waiting, two hares appeared, and I looked at these brave little animals through binoculars.

From the side of Bernard, too, there was complete silence, and after texting each other on the phone, we decided to call Robert so that he would pick us up and drive us to the base. Returning to our accommodation and having a good breakfast, we went to bed.

500,000 heads of deer are harvested annually in Germany. Author's photo.

Hunting in the afternoon is much better. We sat on the same towers where we languished in the morning, but this time there was more movement in the fields.

Unfortunately, we observed only normally painted roe deer, but time passed quickly, and both of us after returning to the hunting house had enough reasons for lively stories about what they saw.

Just before midnight, we finally turned off the light and allowed ourselves to sleep for four hours.

With German punctuality, Robert knocked on the door at four in the morning. Today we changed the place of hunting. I sat on a low tower, just two meters above the ground; a field stretched in front of me, the far edge of which was slightly lower than where I was sitting, but the height of the tower was enough to see the whole field well.

Directly in front of me lay a small pond, surrounded by left and right reeds and bushes, behind the pond could be seen open areas of the field covered with high grass, on the far edge of which was a small grove.

I saw this beautiful pastoral landscape in detail only after dawn came. At the very border of the forest and fields, two young goats were already grazing.

Towers provide passive safety for residential buildings and the public. Shot from the tower almost always sent to the ground. Photo by the author.

Both were busy eating and did not come off the juicy grass. But suddenly one of them became alert and flew at a gallop into the forest. The other stopped grazing, turned his head to the forest and made a barking sound.

It soon became clear the reason for this behavior. At the edge of the forest there was a real owner of the field, a big black goat, the same black devil I dreamed of. His appearance was incredibly spectacular.

Imagine: right in front of me, where a young male roe deer grazed a moment ago, a black male flew out onto the green scene by jumping, stopped at a distance of a few steps from the border of the field and began peacefully tweaking the grass. My heart was ready to jump out of my chest, and my pulse was felt even through my gloves.

I forced myself not to make careless and quick movements, the main thing – no noise. But there was one problem: what to do first of all – to photograph the black goat, and then shoot, or vice versa?

Thousands of thoughts flashed through my head, but the desire to make a unique snapshot of an unusual goat won because it’s not every day that you get the opportunity to get it in front of the camera lens.

It remained to hope that he would stay on the field long enough for shooting and hunting. With the help of a camera zoom, I magnified the image and saw a young male of medium trophy qualities, but his real value was not in the horns that crowned his head, but in the color of the skin, and this color was just fantastic.

All the poetry of hunting roe from the tower in one frame. Photo by the author.

The black skin without light patches and shades glittered in the sun. The goat seemed to be less than its normally painted fellows, but it was deceptive. It is known that black color is slim.

I took a few pictures, then very carefully replaced the camera with a rifle. The distance to the animal was only 80 meters, and the deer effectively stood in the rays of the morning sun.

The black light was unusually bright, and I enjoyed the moment. The thought came to my mind that the name “black devil” stuck to the surprisingly painted males of roe is unfair, that they have nothing in common with the devil and they are better called black

Rogac stood side by side with me; after the shot, he immediately "broke" in the lens of the sight.

I felt like after my first shot at the beast, when I received the license of a professional hunter. It seemed that my heartbeat could have caused an earthquake, and my wide smile, thank God, was limited to my ears.

A few minutes later I went to the deer and gave him the last honor. Of course, I gladly told Robert about success, and just a few minutes later he came to me. He, too, was pleased with the successful hunt.

Everything worked out perfectly: a beautiful rural landscape, an amazing black male roe deer, a beautiful yellow-green field background and perfect sunlight. When I was photographing a goat trophy, a message came from Bernard: and he had something to brag about.

The heart of this trophy hunter, what else do you want? Beautiful, successful day of hunting! A pair of trophies of black roe deer will certainly take pride of place in our trophy halls and will remind us of the wonderful hunt from friends in the north of Germany.

Erich Muller
                     July 18, 2019 at 05:52


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