In recent years, every trip I take to a fox hunt is puzzling to some people who sincerely consider themselves to be hunters. More and more often I hear the question: “Why do you need a fox when its skin is worthless?” And if they find out that I hunt with flags and from hats, the bewilderment grows. Whether other types of fox hunting is a matter of driving a snowmobile or shooting rifles during the day in the fields. Here you will have both excitement, and sport, and sniper shooting for 300 meters. And it’s boring to stand on a room or shiver from the cold in the tower. Continue reading
Hunting in Karelia is distinguished by its rich variety. Opens in the spring for 10 days on the capercaillie, black grouse, goose, ducks and woodcock drakes. In addition to geese, only a male individual is allowed to shoot.
In the fall, hunting for wild boar, bear on oats, ducks, upland and red game, hares, elks begins, and the season lasts until early February. Continue reading
Sokolnichy was not just a confidant of the king, but also a constant companion, and often an adviser, so it was not easy to enter this service. Admission to the service was done on oath, in which not only people but also birds were present – they were the main guests of the ceremony. The procedure was opened with “Bird dressing” – symbolic donning of nouvets, klobuchkov and bells. At this solemn moment, they did not forget that there was no real falconer without a horse – for this, a haystack covered with a blanket was placed in the hut, where the sovereign was waiting. Around the hay – four chairs for the four best birds. The whole ritual was performed with deep meaning, the glove worker was handed a glove, and only after that he took the falcon on his hand. Continue reading