Siberian Roe Deer Hunts
Sibearian roe deer is a close relative of European roe. The principal range of the Siberian roe deer lies in Asia, from the eastern foot of the Urals to the Pacific Ocean. The largest trophies are found on the western slopes of the Ural Mountains. The smaller North Caucasian form is geographically isolated on the lower northern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains.
The typical Siberian roe deer is considerably larger than the European roe deer and weighs up to 60 kg. (130 lbs.). The winter coat is grayish-brown with a white rump patch, and is much thicker and rougher than in the European roe. The antlers are considerably larger than European roe, averaging close to 800 gr. (1.75 lbs.) and sometimes exceeding 1200 gr. (2.7 lbs.). The antlers are heavily pearled and grow upward in the shape of a “V” and are widely separated at the base, with the coronets never touching as they do in the European species. Typically there are three points to a side, and occasionally four points. The North Caucasian variety of Siberian roe deer is smaller, described as intermediate in size between the European and Siberian forms. Males reach a maximum weight of 40 kg. (88lbs.).
Hunting is organized in the Russian provinces of Krasnoyarsk, Khakassia, Tuva, Altai, Krasnodar and Kurgan, as well as in Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan from the 25th of August to the 20th of October. Rutting time runs from August 25 to September 15 and it is the best time to hunt. All hunting is done on foot with transportation to the hunting area by jeeps or horses. Spot-and- stalk is normally used, most of the time, with occasional calling. Hunting terrain is not difficult and can be combined, depending on the area with moose, wolf and upland birds.