EASTERN SIBERIAN MOOSE are found throughout both the northern and central parts of Kamchatka.
MATURE BULLS weigh nearly 1,500 pounds and the antler spread of a bull ranges from 51 to more than 63 inches! The biggest moose taken by one of our client was nearly 70 inches.
POPULATION ESTIMATES by our scientists and wildlife biologists confirm there are about 2,500 animals in the north and another 2,000 in the central part of the peninsula.
COMBINED HUNTS FOR both moose and brown bear can be done, but the odds of taking both in a single trip are about 50/50 which is far below our normal success rate for either.
HUNTING SEASON for moose is broken into two calendar windows.The Fall hunts, during the rut, begin on or about the 1st of October. The Winter hunts begin in the middle of November and the season continues through mid-December.
IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER there is usually snow on the ground.Tracking moose on foot is one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences in the hunting world, and hunters should be in good physical condition for this kind of hunt.
OUR OUTFITTING COMPANY has been in operation for seventeen years. Much of that time we’ve been conducting hunts for the most famous agents in the hunting world. In recent years we’ve become independent and now offer our services directly to hunters.
Sample Moose Hunt Itinerary
OUR MOOSE HUNTS take about two weeks, including travel time. Nine of those days are dedicated to pure hunting from our camps located wilderness base camps. It takes a full day after arrival in Kamchatka from Moscow to travel nearly 200 miles north of Petropavlovsk to the perimeter of our remarkable hunting region.
DAY 1, THE FIRST IN KAMCHATKA
The Aeroflot flight from Moscow crosses 9 time zones, taking less than 9 hours, and arriving in Petropavlovsk, Kamchatka at ten the next morning. The Domodedovo flight arrives two hours later. Retrieving luggage is easy and uncomplicated, (since everyone already cleared customs in Moscow). Again, you’ll be met by our English speaking representative, who will accompany you on our comfortable bus during the first leg of the journey, to Milkovo.The drive takes about 4 hours, with scheduled breaks along the way.There’s coke, water, and beer on board for the trip.
We’ll stop for lunch in Milkovo, then travel the remaining 3 hours in a Russian ATV (their version of a half-track) to camp, dead-center in the most heavily populated moose country on the Kamchatka map. The rest of the day will be yours to get acquainted with the staff, camp, check your guns, and organize your gear.
DAYS 2 TO 10 ARE DEDICATED TO HUNTING
DAY 11, RETURNING TO PETROPAVLOVSK
Hunters reverse the route, travelling fist by ATV, then by bus to Petropavlovsk, for an overnight stay at either the Avacha or the Petropavlovsk Hotel in our capitol.
DAY 12, RETURN FLIGHT TO MOSCOW
The eastern flight across nine time zones arrives in Moscow at the same time of the day it left Petropavlovsk. There hunters are met by our English-speaking representative who will take your firearm from the airport authorities, help with the luggage and take you to the hotel.We strongly recommend using the Sheremetyevo Airport Hotel, eliminating city transfers and traffic delays, and simplifying your departure the next morning.
RETURN FLIGHT TO THE STATES
Our English-speaking representative will take you from your hotel to the airport, and provide the veterinary certificates necessary to take your trophy out of country, and assist with the preparation of your declaration for your trophy, firearm and the cartridges left after your hunting trip.
THE HUNT BEGINS EARLY during the short, fall days and hunters leave camp immediately after a hot breakfast, usually between six and seven in †he morning; returning to camp as light begins to fade in the evening. Hunters should be prepared to spend a full day in the field with their guide. Lunch is taken on the fly – maximizing our efforts in spotting and killing a trophy bull. Our trophy moose hunts are conducted on horseback. Though hunters must be prepared to hunt hard on foot in hill-country with varying degrees of slopes. Much of the landscape we hunt is wooded or brushy covered hills . It’s the perfect habitat for growing big bulls. Hunters should have some experience on horseback and be in good physical shape.
EACH HUNTER and guide (our ratio of hunters to guides is 1:1) usually spend the entire day outdoors, much of it tracking, glassing and locating the best bull to make a play on. Good quality optics (binoculars 10×40) are indespensible in this “spot & stock” type trophy hunting.
OUR CAMP LOCATIONS VARY. Often they’re set up in the birch-covered hillsides, or on the banks of a river. Our warm log hunting cabins accommodate no more than 2 hunters at a time and feature wood stoves for heat and 220 volt generated electricity.We maintain constant radio and satellite phone communication to the outside world. Camps are equipped with toilets and either a Russian banya or hot shower.
In certain situations we set temporary camps, using warm, roomy tents and all the amenities.
THE WEATHER is unpredictable this time of the year and there is always the possibility that rain or an early season snow could cover the ground making for excellent tracking conditions. Normal day-time temperatures average in the low to mid 40’s but can drop to below freezing or lower during the nights.
WHEN A bull is taken your guide will cape it, and begin the trophy preparation process for shipping home.
NORMALLY we don’t use helicopters to transport our hunters to our remote camps, though in 2007 this option is available for an additional fee.
After hunters arrive in Petropavlovsk they’ll usually take a bus to cover approximately 250 miles, then transfer to a Russian ATV for the last leg of the journey to camp.
INCLUDED IN OUR hunting packages is the required invitation that you’ll need from our government to get your visa, all necessary firearms permits, trophy permits, and the veterinary certificate.
We’ll provide an experienced and competent English translator and a very qualified and seasoned guide. You’ll have an English-speaking receptionist when you arrive and depart from the airport in Petropavlovsk to assist in the smooth entry and exit from Kamchatka.
The bus transfers, guide service, field preparation of the trophy, all meals and camp accommodations and the trophy fee are all part of the package.
What isn’t included are your accommodations prior to and after the hunt in Petropavlovsk, alcohol, any items of a personal nature, or gratuities for the staff.
You’ll need to pay for your air transportation to and from Petropavlovsk, and the excess airline baggage charges that you’ll accumulate for your trophy or trophies.
Really, from the time you arrive in Kamchatka until you depart you will be in our hands.We have been in the business of outfitting hunting and fishing trips in Kamchatka for nearly two decades and our reputation speaks for itself.
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