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Postby ramsey » Sat May 26, 2012 1:51 pm

It's a very big world, as the latest trip demonstrates, and you better believe it - it's duck season somewhere.

Russia duck hunting is available during the fall and briefly during the spring, when breeding plumage is ideal. While a few species will be familiar to US hunters, there is an abundance of European species that are uncommon to virtually nonexistent in the US. Near-term trips that are planned include even greater variety, stay tuned.

A very few lucky US hunters are presented with the opportunity to shoot these beautiful birds each year, but I never tired of looking almost daily down the barrel at Eusasian Wigeon...

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Re: GetDucks.com Russia Duck Hunting More Than Mallards *Pics*

Postby ramsey » Sat May 26, 2012 2:15 pm

An interesting aside, we scouted The "Shupa" River one afternoon and my hosts took me by a small hydroelectric plant that provides an impressively sizeable rural area with power. The exterior was riddled with bullet holes dating to the Bolshevik Revolution.

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Fumbling hurriedly through loose ammo that’d also been dumped into the coat pocket, the wooden duck call was retrieved just in time to blow 4 lousy notes that squelched due to dried cork. It was enough. The drake mallard’s head yanked as he hit the end of an invisible tie, he turned on a dime and locked onto a solitary, paintless decoy and descended cupped-and-committed until his feet were right above ice-rimmed creek water near. He recoiled backasswards at the clap of a single shot and I could only chuckle at having traveled such an inconceivably great distance to start the hunt with a ordinarily beautiful greenhead. It was only the beginning.

Russia duck hunting offers one of the few spring waterfowl hunts remaining in the world and it coincides with hunting for Capercaillie and Black Grouse during their famous courtship rituals. Nearly everything I knew about Russia derived from watching James Bond reruns. The real thing was much better. Click to continue reading: GetDucks.com Reviews Russia Duck Hunting

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Postby eburgsnake » Sat May 26, 2012 5:05 pm

What a great story. I for one can say that Russia and ducks never crossed my mind. I cant afford this kind of trip, but i can live vicariuosly through those that can. Thanks for the write up.
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Postby ramsey » Sun May 27, 2012 7:59 am

Thanks for the compliments, EB. Willingness and ability vary, but as duck hunters we all love the same thing and the experiences in most folks backyards are endless. One of my all-time favorite trips was right there in your home state for ducks, quail and pheasants, to the extent that considered job opporunities there after college, and had the opportunity to fish for salmon one morning over on the penisula twenty something years ago. Keep saying I'll make it back but havent yet gotten any closer than passing through an airport. Pat and I blog regularly at GetDucks.com about travel and hunts as well as maintain video and photo galleries. Great to make another fellow hunters acquaintance here, please stay in touch. Ramsey
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Postby ramsey » Wed May 30, 2012 11:29 am

Following the first capercaillie hunt, our guide got "lost." I say "lost" because I sensed he knew where we were, but couldn't find his way directly back to the truck. We had walked into a single-landowner holding of 247,500 forested acres that was bound on the east side by a river and looked exactly like the millions (and millions) of acres of surrounding land. During the brief interim between dusk and dawn, we could hear a dozen or more capercaillies fight posturing. We walked in on stalks, and Tom even shot one. The capercaillie calls drew us deeper into the forest, further from the bear trail we'd walked in on.

At some point (after I peered over his shoulder to view the gps that I immediately recognized he couldn't read - he did much better in subsequent nights following natural features) I realized we were heading slightly down slope towards the river. We'd walked miles, but between endless daylight-induced sleepless euphoria and the incredible environment we were walking through, I was just living in the moment and enjoying the scenery - despite having tripped in the slushy snow twice and walking on squishy-sounding feet.

From a knoll on the river bank we saw a pair of whooper swans swimming, and guide Roger (not his name but closest I ever managed to pronounce it) made a cell phone call to who I couldn't imagine until about 20 minutes later a small blue oar-powered rubber raft came around the bend. That was right after watching Roger touch off the back trigger of his shotgun and stone-dead head-shoot a drake goldeneye that whistled down the river 65-70 yards distant.

The 2-man rubber boat ferried Roger and Tom seperately across the river, picked me up and headed towards where it'd come. They didn't speak English, I sure don't speak Russian, so I just went with the flow. That was right after I stepped into the boat with 2 left feet and damnned near flipped it over - I still grin everytime I think about the look in the oarsmen's eyes at the point he realized he was fixing to get wet, but he probably laughs thinking about the o-cchit look on my face too.

I smelled smoke and walked up hill. He and his two friends were spending a beautiful, 35-degree spring day fishing. They had 2 pike in a bag and a huge fire of two 6-foot long logs going. A tea pot was warming in the ashes, and they'd cut themselves a few pallets of pine boughs to keep off the ground. They had a typical field lunch laid out on a flat stone - cheese, cold cuts, coarse bread, tea bags and sugar (always carried in a plastic Walmart bag). There was a small transitor radio hanging up playing Russian opera-esque ballads (the other channel was techno-disco). I don't have a clue what that guy on the radio was singing about but it might as well have been about how great it is to be miles from nowhere on an enchanting spring day, with hot tea and food, a fire to dry your socks and boots and warm your feet, overlooking a beautiful river in a far away country. By the time Roger and Tom made it there, I was dry, had dozed off and was ready to resume our miles-long trek to the truck.

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Postby goodkarmarising » Wed May 30, 2012 11:35 am

Looks like a lot of fun... :thumbsup:
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Postby The Waterfowler » Thu May 31, 2012 8:45 pm

Smews are such a neat little bird.

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And of course the largest Grouse is impressive also.

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Postby 3legged_lab » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:48 pm

The Waterfowler wrote:Smews are such a neat little bird.

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And of course the largest Grouse is impressive also.

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Pat, walking through your showroom is definitely on my bucket list.
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Postby The Waterfowler » Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:51 pm

You're welcome any time. I am finishing some of my stuff up and will have some more poeces to add, but I still have to do the final addition to my trophy house.
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Postby Teal guy » Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:30 pm

Cool hunt get ducks! Any pictures of birds shot from this trip? Looked into this trip myself but hit a HUGE roadblock due to the import ban on birds coming in from Russia because of the country being highly infected with bird flu . I'm interested but no way I'd spend over 8k after all said and done just to leave them there or get fines forsomehow getting them back into the country. TG

P.s. if a legal option does come up in the next few years I will be the first to go!
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