The meeting of the members of the Club of the Mountain Hunters took place on the 19 December.
The president of the CMH Eduard Benderskiy opened the evening meeting. Eduard Vital’evich presented the statistics of the Club development, which already includes 520 members, who wrote 868 reports about the hunt; 52 members of the Club take part in the rating of the hunters. The number of the Club members increased twice during the last year. The number of guests on the traditional New Year Club Party increased in comparison with the last year as well. Besides the Russian Club members from the different remote regions of our country, the Club members from the foreign countries were at the meeting: from Mongolia, Azerbaidjan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and famous American hunter Hussein Golabchi.
Eduard Vital’evich told about the projects of the Club. The main aim of these projects is to preserve of the perishing species of the mountain hoofed animals and increasing of the population growth of these species. The projects are not connected with the hunting on these species in the proximal future, but devoted to the restoration of the ranges of the rare species, like resettling of the Snow Sheep and Argali on the Olkhon island on the Baikal lake, where they were common in the past times, or reacclimatization of the Bezoar ibex on the territory of the North Ossetia-Alania and Kabardino-Balkaria, introduction of the mountain slopes of the Southern Shore of the Krimea by the Chamois.
Besides that, Eduard Vital’evich told about the changes in the rating tables of the Club, which are made, because geographic ranges of some mountain hoofed animals were defined more precisely; moreover, a new opportunity for the hunt in Uzbekistan appeared. Rating lists of the Club included new positions.
A welcome statement was made the famous hunter Hossein Golabchi. He told about the importance and necessity of the realization of the trophy hunt as the most effective instrument in the struggle for the preservation of the wild animals. This thesis was supported by the examples, when the permissions on the hunt in the particular regions of the World stimulated the local people to protect and increase the populations of the wild hoofed animals, because such a rare hunt makes a great profit from the hunters and this profit is used for the maintaining of the populations. Moreover, Hossein reminded that the real mountain hunters take only old, males, opening the way for the young animals; this is good for the population growth as well.
The following people from the Federal Science Center for Animal Husbandry named after Academy Member L.K. Ernst attended the meeting: the director of the Institurte, member of the Russian Academy of Science Zinov’eva N.E.; the scientific researcher Arsen Dotsev; their Austrian partner Dr. Gottfried Brahm. Arsen Dovtsev made a presentation and presented two articles published in the international scientific journals “Ecology and Evolution” and “Mitochondrial DNA”. These articles appeared to be a result of the program on the collection of the genetic material of the hoofed animals by the members of the Club. The particular scientific results and the content of these works will be published in the closest issues of the journal: The magic of the real Safari” and on our site.
Alexey Kim (Federation of the Superaccurate Shooting of Russia) presented the reference book on reloading – the issue, devoted to the self-ammo equipment for the rifles. In his statement, he marked the importance of the new law about the reloading and thanked the deputy of the State Duma Vladislav Reznik for this legislative initiative.
The chairman of the trophy commission of the Club Leonid Leonidovich Palko presented a new Award established by the Club: “Russian Super Cup”. The list comprises 36 animals, which are obligate for the taking the prize. Besides mountain hoofed animals, it includes all the hunting species, inhabiting the territory of Russia. This was, of course, a special challenge for the members of the club, who were at the meeting; it must be an important statement for the developing of the hunting tourism in Russia.
The most important and expectant part of the evening was the rewarding by the prizes of the CMH according to the results of the past 2018 year.
The rewarding finished with the statement of the president of the Rosohotryblovsoyuz Tatyana Aramileva, who gave the prizes “Mountain Five” to the members of the Club Yuriy Vasilyev, Sergey Puzankevich, Sergey Nazarkin, Ivan Korabkov, Spiridon Starostin.