Moose Hunting in Russia, Kamchatka, Chukotka

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With approximately 500,000 animals, Russia moose population is second only to Canada. Moose is widely distributed across the entire 11 time zones and is represented by several subspecies.

European moose

European moose is the most common subspecies. It is found in the Western (European) part of the country, Ural mountains, and in the

Sergei Shushunov European moose hunting
Sergei Shushunov European moose hunting

Western Siberia. The density of the population is highest in the  Western regions of Russia, however, better trophies are usually found in the Siberian regions and in the Northern Urals, where males can exceed 500 kg (1100 lbs). Hunting is conducted either during the rutting season by calling, or during driven hunts in late season in the regions with well a developed road system. Driven hunts frequently offer an opportunity to take more than one trophy as well as other trophies found inside of the drive: wild boar, wolf, lynx, roe deer and others.

Location:  St. Petersburg, Karelia, 200-700 miles E or NE from St. Petersburg
Season dates: September 5-September 30 Hunting method: Bugling Accommodations: Fully equipped hunting lodge or remote log cabin Price: $5500 group of 2; $6000 solo Additional day of hunting: $400  Additional trophies: brown bear $3500, wild boar $200-1000

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Location: Ust-Kamchatsky district, Kamchatka peninsula
Season dates: September 27 – October 10
Hunting method: Spot and stalk
Accommodations: Remote cabin with an electric generator, satellite phone, hot shower, sauna
Price: $16,500
Additional trophies: brown bear $5000

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Yakut moose

This is a large moose, populating immense tracts of Eastern Siberia, mainly in the Yakutia region. It is as large as moose found in British Columbia with males sometimes weighing over 600 kg (1300 lbs) and antler span in excess of 130 cm. (52 inches). The hunting terrain is difficult, but the high population density makes this hunt very interesting and highly successful.

Amur moose

Amur moose is also called Ussury moose. This moose is the smallest moose subspecies in Asia. The most striking feature is disproportionately small antlers which have very few palmations. It is found in the forests of Far East Russia. This part of Russia has the most diversified wildlife and plants in Russia. The Siberian tiger and leopard are just a couple examples. Hunts for Amur moose are usually conducted either by calling or by stalking.

Kamchatka and Chukotka moose

Chukotka and Kamchatka moose are genetically identical subspecies. The correct name of these subspecies is Kolyma moose. This is the largest moose in Russia and perhaps in the world.It is found in the Kolyma river basin of the Chukotka peninsula, parts of the Magadan region, and the Kamchatka peninsula, where it was introduced several decades ago. The giant moose is a truly magnificent animal. Males can weigh as much as a ton with record trophies antlers spanning more than 180 cm (70 inches). Chukotka Peninsula and Magadan region are challenging destinations to hunt moose due to unpredictable weather and extreme remoteness. However, the quality of the trophies overwhelmingly outweighs all the difficulties. Kamchatka moose hunting has become one of the most popular moose hunts in Russia in part due to its more accessible moose habitat than in Chukotka. Hunts are done by stalking, calling, and sometimes on rafting expeditions.

Russian trophy moose hunts are some of the best in the world with the highest success rate than anywhere else. Мoose hunts in the European parts of Russia can be combined with wild boar and brown bear hunts. The best time to hunt wild boar is during July-September. Moose hunts in Kamchatka peninsula can be combined with brown bear and Kamchatka bighorn sheep hunts.

Moose Distribution in Russia
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