Not so long ago, I had the opportunity to meet a very interesting person – Vladimir Alexandrovich Smelov, head of Safari-Valmir, a company that specializes in organizing trophy hunting in Russia and abroad. The other day I asked him to answer a few questions about hunting in Africa. The result was a short interview.
Vladimir Alexandrovich, tell us how and when you first appeared on the African continent with weapons in your hands? With hunting, of course.
I made my first trip to Africa in July 2004. This was Namibia. Before that, at a hunting exhibition in Dortmund, I met the hunting company “Otjiruze”, which offered its own hunts. Continue reading
Elk is one of the largest animals that live in our country. The average weight of an elk is about 200 kg, although there are much larger specimens. In Russia, there are several main ways of hunting elk, among which you can distinguish such as round-up, with a dog, “on the roar”, as well as the trail.
The most popular way to hunt elk is a roundup. It usually involves 5 to 15 people. The round-up is not usually carried out in large and homogeneous woodlands.
For this method, it is more convenient to use forests with floodplains of streams and rivers, with swampy lowlands, with undergrowth of cherry, Rowan and willow, as well as with glades that cross the area of the roundup in different directions. Continue reading