Taiga Hunting & Fishing

More than sixty thousand men in Primorye who believe in shooting birds and animals for the sake of excitement hold a hunting license.

If you share these beliefs, then you should head to a hunting farm for trophies such as elk, Siberian stag, dappled deer, roe deer, wild boar, Himalayan brown bear, lynx, sable, otter and badger. Tiger hunting is illegal, but some hunters still nurture the dream. It is a well-known fact that tigers are endangered. Habitat destruction and poaching of tiger fur are the main causes for the decrease of the wild tiger population. Alarmingly, the tiger population has rapidly decreased to 400. However, the tiger is one of the largest predators in the world, and they hunt humans. Attacks occur almost every year, so dream all you want, but stay away from the tiger trails!

If you like plucking birds, you can shoot ducks, geese, jacksnipes, woodcocks and other common sandpipers. Pheasant hunting can be very exciting and challenging. The season usually rolls around during late October — early November. Pheasants are beautiful, large and prolific birds with some relation to wild chickens. It’s hard to flush and kick-start these birds; they hide in the bushes, and when you find them, they take off flying with a noise that makes inexperienced hunters freeze and forget about their shotguns. However, if you adapt, you can get lucky and end up with numerous trophies.

Serious game fishing on the rivers in the taiga start with a cold snap, when fish come down from upstream. During the last days of October, fishermen rush into the forest as deep as possible to “no man’s land”. These places can be found in this region, provided you start your journey from the last village on the road, drive in a GAZ 66 (a Russian 4×4 all-road military truck) for sixty kilometers, and then go rafting. Along the way, you will have to traverse through debris in the river, but you will be rewarded for all your troubles with a good catch: lenok (Lat. Brachymystax), grayling (Lat. Thymallus thymallus), and hopefully taimen (Lat. Hucho).