Many Russian tour operators specialize in the planning of hunting and fishing. One may be sure that any arranged tour will be planned down to the smallest details, from the transport of the tourists to the hunting site, organization of everyday logistics, the hunting and fishing itself and the handling of the trophies.
In Central Russia, popular sites among hunter and fishers include Meshchera, the Valdai Plateau, Seligher Lake and the cascade of the Upper Volga lakes (Sterzh, Peno and Volgo). Here, one may hunt hares, elk, wolves, apers and even bears – wood grouse hunting is also popular.
In Karelia, one may organize a “Robinson Crusoe” style vacation for those who love resting far from civilization in a wooden house with a Russian stove, an oil lamp, clean bed lien, crockery and a bath. One is also provided with a rowboat for getting around.
The region of the Northern Urals is rich in salmon trout, the dream of every spinning-style fisherman, the native people of the area believe that the trout is an animal rather than a kind of fish. In the Republic of Udmurtia (Middle Volga area), lynx-hunting with wolf dogs is popular as well.
The Volga Delta lies in the southern part of Russia, and is one of the most famous fishing areas in the country: successful fishing is 100% guaranteed. Fifty six species of fish can be found here. In the Astrakhan Region, one can catch the largest siluri and carps in Russia, not to mention 300 kilogramme husos. There are various accommodations for tourists, from sailing centres to riverside cottages. Fishing and hunting cruises on small steamer boats are offered as well. From September to November, most tourists who visit the Volga Delta come to hunt waterfowl, of which 78 species dwell in this area including ducks, geese, pintails, teals, bald-coots, etc. In the winter, wolf hunting is permitted, though it is an expensive challenge that requires transportation by helicopter.
Lake Baikal is situated in Eastern Siberia and is famous for its natural beauty and the rich variety of fauna to be found there. Graylings, whitefish and well-known omuls dwell in the lake. The clarity of the world’s largest freshwater reservoir can also be appreciated during the course of ice-fishing: the Baikal ice is over a metre thick, and the water is so clear that the depths of the lake can be seen over several metres downward.
In the Far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, there are over 14,000 rivers and streams with quinnat and red salmon, silversides, loaches, graylings and other fish species. The biggest elk and bears in Russia also inhabit the Kamchatka Peninsula. Fans of trophy hunting can bring home unique items from here. The weight of a giant elk antler reaches 40 kilogrammes, and their width is almost 2 metres long.
Good luck with a real man’s hunting and fishing in Russia!