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Hunting for Tien Shan Argali in Kyrgyzstan

I decided to close my hunting season 2020 in Kyrgyzstan in spite of the revolution and CoronaVirus Pandemic. At the end of November Vladimir Smelov (LLC Safari-Valmir) and I left St. Pete and flew to Bishkek. Next day, November 27 we arrived to the hunting base, which belonged to MK-Travel and was located in Jety-Oguz district of Issyk-Kul region. The beginning of the first hunting day was nice. We detected three groups of argali but there were not worthy trophies in them. I likes one of them but the guide said me that it has a broken horn. We went on our searching. The good size ibex was spotted on one of the tops. We admired the size of its horns and how they curved. Ruslan, my guide, suggested not to approach it but to find the argali. The storm wind began when we were climbing. Its speed was about 20 m/sec and it was even knocking the horses down. I couldn’t see the guide who was in 5 meters from me because of blizzard. But Ruslan went on to look for a trophy. He did his best but weather didn’t allow us to continue hunting and we had to come back to the camp. Next morning, we left the camp when it was still dark. At the sunrise our group ascended the plateau where we detected three groups of animals. Ruslan distinguished a trophy size male in one from them. It was busy chasing away the other males from the group of females. We decided to come close. At the same time, we noticed that the next group of animals was excited by something. We saw how nine wolves were moving to the herd, ready to attack argali. The distance to the wolves was about 1200 meters and we couldn’t prevent predators to do what they were going. Thus we had no choice but to go on to approach our group. The open areas didn’t allow to come closer than 335 meters. The biggest male laid down to have rest in the center of the herd after the fight with other males. I had the opportunity to measure the wind speed which was from 8 to 11 m/sec with gusts to 13 m/sec and to take breath. The male gave me chance to concentrate on the shot but then paid attention to the female which passed near it. A shot rang out and the herd moved fast to the hills. They ran about 100 meters when the male fell behind the herd and fall down like a log. Later we found that the bullet came through the body and got stuck in the heart. We all were happy when came to the trophy. It was a worthy 13 years old male, with nice horns. The hunting God tested us at the first day and then awarded us by that trophy. Thank you very much to all our team members for the opportunity to take part in that adventure.

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Hunting for a Dagestani tur in Chechnya

From 2018 hunting in Chechnay is opened once again. The Minister of the Natural resources of Chechnay  Said-Magomed Temirkhanova and a famous hunter Shirvani Khizrieva invited me for hunting. At the end of November, I arrived to Grozny.  The hunt was organized in Sharoy district on the border with Georgia. The Caucasus mountains tested hunters for strength as always. The animal’s population density is high there. We saw group of animals in each gorge which inspected during the hunt. That area is the habitat for the Caucasus Brown bear and Caucasian Chamois and Bezoar ibex, listed in the Regional and Federal Red Book of rare species. We climbed 2750 m and approached the animals from above. I shot from 480 m and wounded the male. The second shot form 280 m finished what I started.

Hunting in Turkey

I hunted for the Bezoar Ibex and chamois in Turkey. Hunting for chamois was tough. We didn’t hunt two days because of bad weather and zero visibility. Snow fell earlier than usual. But on the fourth day Lord of the Hunt had mercy on me and I got 11 years old male by the first shot. The shooting distance was 560 m. Hunting for the goat was easy as I expected. I took it in the fist hunting day. My trophy was 8 years old male. Thank you to Ilya Dmitriev for the hunt organization, his support during the trip and the assistance in aiming.

Hunting for the Siberian Ibex in Sayan 2020

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Hunting for the Siberian Ibex

In early morning we detected the group of ibexes. Several animals in the group had good sizes. It was not easy to get the trophy and took us about 5 hours to approach the goats. The shooting distance was 195 meters. Thank you very much to the High Hunt Pro company for the organization of the hunt and full support.

Altai

The long-awaited hunting on Altai was over. I spent 7 days in the mountains. We were lucky with weather. It was sunny almost all days while we were there. I got several trophies including the ibex. The shooting distance was 360 meters.

Kolyma Snow Sheep

Great hunt!!! Super trophy! I got the sheep from the very short distance.

Tajik ibex

I hunted in Tadjikistan.

Altai ibex hunting

Once again I arrived for hunting to Altai. We hunted not far from the Belukha mountain- the highest peak of the Gorny Altai. The group of ibexes had been detected on the height 2800 masl. It consisted of 3 adult males with the definite colour and four young ones. I chose the biggest one and got it from the first shot. But we had to go down to find it and then to rise with the trophy. Later in the same day we changed the location and I took the trophy of maral. Next morning we continued to chase the wounded male because didn’t have enough time in the previous day.  The guides found the bloody track and we followed it. The animal tried to move to the valley. We chased it for about 2 km and got it at last with the help  of a dog, one of the guides had.

Hunting for the Kuban Tur

I’ve got the Kuban Tur in the first day. The shooting distance was 185m. The used rifle Tikka T3, 300WM. I got the 16 years old male.

Koryak Snow Sheep

At the end of August – beginning of September I hunted for the Koryak snow sheep. The hunt was organized on the Koryak highland. My guide Anatoly Silin detected the male and we began to approach. The climbing from 900 to 1300 masl took us an hour. The group of animals grazed on the opposite slope in 670m from us. I used 338 Lapua Magnum and got the trophy from the first shot. Thank you very much to Konstantin Kallin for the impeccable organization and to Anatoly Silin for his optimism and energy!