Snow Sheep ( Bighorn sheep ) Hunting in Russia

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Location: Khabarovsk Krai
Season dates: August 1-12, September 20-30
Hunting method: Spot and stock
Accommodations: Tents, electric generator, satellite phone, radio
Number of hunters: 2-4
Price: $22,00 Additional trophies: second ram $5000, brown bear $4000

Reception and assistance in Khabarovsk airport; Accommodation in the hunting area;
Meals and soft drinks during the hunt; Transportation during the hunt; Services of 1 guide per hunter; Services of 1 interpreter in a camp; Dedicated cook in a camp; Field trophy preparation; Gun permit; Invitation letter and voucher; Hunting license; Trophy export permit; 1 ram.

Insurance of any kind; International and domestic airfare; Hotel in Khabarovsk before or after the hunt; Preserving and Shipping or transporting trophies from Russia; Cost of sightseeing tours; Gratuities.

Day 1: arrival to Khabarovsk, overnight in Khabarovsk.
Day 2: flight to the town of Okhotsk; helicopter or a motorboat transfer to the hunting camp
Day 3-11: 9 days of hunting Day 12: return to Okhotsk; overnight in Okhotsk
Day 13: flight to Khabarovsk; overnight in Khabarovsk Day 14: return home

The camp equipped with heated tents, portable toilet, portable sauna, gas stove, and electric generator is located near the shore of the sea of Okhotsk.  The altitude of the mountain ranges does not exceed 5900 feet (1800 meters). Hunters can expect to see several rams during the trip. Trophy size ranges from 34 to 41 inches. The typical shooting distance is under 660 feet (200 meters). The daytime temperature stays at 50/77° F (+10/+25° С), at night the temperature falls down to 41° F (+5°С).

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Location: Ust-Kamchatsky district, Kamchatka peninsula
Season dates: August 3 – September 18 (Aug 3-16, Aug 14-27, Aug 27-Sep 7, Sep 5-18)
Hunting method: Spot and stalk
Accommodations: Heated tents, electric generator, satellite phone, radio
Number of hunters: 1-4
Price: $18,500 Additional trophies: Bear $5000

Reception and assistance in Petropavlovsk airport; Accommodation in the hunting area;
Meals and soft drinks during the hunt; Transportation during the hunt; Services of 1 guide per hunter; Services of 1 interpreter in a camp; Dedicated cook in a camp; Field trophy preparation; Gun permit; Invitation letter and voucher; Hunting license; Trophy export permit; 1 ram.

Insurance of any kind; International and domestic airfare; Hotel in Petropavlovsk before or after the hunt; Preserving and Shipping or transporting trophies from Russia; Cost of sightseeing tours; Gratuities.

Day 1: arrival to Petropavlovsk, overnight in Petropavlovsk.
Day 2: 1hour helicopter flight to the base camp, unpacking, sighting weapons
Day 3-12: 10 days of hunting
Day 13: return helicopter flight to Petropavlovsk, overnight in Petropavlovsk
Day 14: flight home

The camp is located in the middle of the sheep country at 3000 ft (900 m) above sea level. Hunters can expect to see several rams during the trip. Trophy size ranges from 34 to 41 inches and it is in direct relation to the ability to walk. The daytime temperature hovers around 70F (20C) in August. Extended rains with strong winds are not uncommon. There could be occasional nighttime snowfalls towards the end of the season, but the snow does not stay on the ground for more than a few hours.

Snow sheep or bighorn sheep is endemic to Russia, where it inhabits the most remote, inhospitable, and difficult to access areas in Siberia and the Far East of Russia. This great animal is rarely hunted, and opportunities to take different subspecies of snow sheep trophies are great.

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Kolyma snow sheep hunting with Sergei Shushunov

Snow sheep are also called Siberian bighorn sheep. It has a compact, muscular body and relatively short legs making it well adapted to living in mountain terrain. Snow sheep are extremely agile and nimble and able to move quickly over steep, uneven slopes. It is closely related to North American sheep. Calling snow sheep a bighorn is incorrect since it has relatively thin horns, similar to the Dall or Stone sheep. The snow sheep population in Russia is estimated at over 60,000 heads. Sheep are usually found at 1,300 -1,700 m. (4,000 -5,000 ft.) above the sea level. Snow sheep hunting areas are usually accessed by helicopters. Hunts can be frequently combined with brown bear, moose, and in some places, caribou. The success is nearly 100%.

Okhotsk snow sheep – Okhotks bighorn sheep – is found in Khabarovsk, Okhotsk, and the Southern part of the Magadan region. It’s large, brownish-gray in color, resembling the North-American Stone sheep of British Columbia. Adult rams can weigh more than 350 pounds. The horns form a spiral with a slight outward flare. Typical horns of the trophies average 36 inches, but 38-40 inch trophies are not unusual, and occasionally 41-inch trophies can be taken too. On a good day, one can see up to 30 sheep on the coastal mountains from the boat when it approaches the shore.

Yakutia snow sheep, also called Yakut bighorn sheep – with 40,000 heads is the most numerous. Horses are frequently used during the hunt.

Koryak snow sheep hunting- Koryak bighorn sheep – of the Northern part of Kamchatka is pale, almost white, and resembles the Dall Sheep. The population of rams is very strong. Koryak Snow Sheep’s usual trophy size is 35-36 inches up to 40-41 inches. The population of rams is very strong. Koryak Snow Sheep’s usual trophy size is 35-36 inches up to 40-41 inches.

Kamchatka snow sheep hunting

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Kamchatka snow sheep hunting with Sergei Shushunov

Kamchatka snow sheep – Kamchatka bighorn – inhabits the central part of the Kamchatka Peninsula. These sheep horns have the heaviest bases of all snow sheep; it is darker in color than other snow sheep. Kamchatka snow sheep does not have a typical light or white forehead patch. The average trophy size is about 37 inches, with many 40-inch rams taken. The largest rams can measure 42-43 inches.
Kolyma snow sheep is found only in the Magadan Region, predominantly in the Kolyma mountain range. The habitat of Kamchatka bighorn is relatively easy to access, and the hunt is the least expensive.

Putorana snow sheep – Putorana bighorn – is located in the Putorana Plateau of north-central Siberia. It is an isolated population located 600 miles west of the nearest herd of Yakut snow sheep hunting. Its winter coat is uniform dark grayish-brown in color, with a white belly and large white rump patch. Legs are as dark as the body. There are whitish areas on the face and crown. This sheep numbering less than 5000 is protected and getting a hunting permit is nearly impossible.

High population of snow sheep in Russia allows for a success rate of over 90%. Temperature during the hunt can range from +5 to +20 C (40-70 F) to – 10 C (5 F) at the end of September. Hunters are expected to be physically fit. The hunter may spend a few nights away from the base camp and may be required to ride a horse. Shooting is usually within 200 meters (220 yards) range.

Snow Sheep Distribution in Russia
Snow Sheep Distribution in Russia
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