Hunting was one of the favorite activities of many Russian princes, and then the kings. There are a lot of fascinating stories about how the rulers of our state hunted at different times. Falconry in Russia was known in the IX century. Moreover, trap falcons were valued very highly. For example, during the Mongol yoke, part of the tribute to the Russian princes paid the Horde with falcons. A good bird was equal in value to three thoroughbreds.
Falconry in our country reached its peak during the rule of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. Continue reading