Russia has a vast opportunity for hunting different species of Snow Sheep; they can be found only in the most remote and practically inaccessible areas of Russia. Snow sheep population in Russia is estimated to be around 57,000 heads and that is not including protected species such as Putorana Sheep and Chukotka. Okhotsk Snow Sheep inhabit mountainous terrains of Magadan region in Russia. Hunters can still found excellent populations of Snow Sheep there. Success is nearly 100%. This race of Okhotsk snow sheep has the largest white area on the forehead of all snow sheep, as well as the largest body size – identical to Kamchatka snow sheep.
How to get there:
You fly to Moscow where you are met by our crew, and then you will fly to Magadan. We will do everything possible to expedite the customs procedure. From Magadan you will be transferred to the camp by helicopter MI-8. It takes almost two hours to get to camp.
The season is from August 1 to September 20. Optimal hunting period is from August 1 to September 10.
Snow sheep hunting:
Hunting is done on foot. You have to be ready for walking 10-12 miles a day. Each hunter is provided with two guides. Spike camps are used if sheep are found far from the base camp. The altitude is about 6,000 feet. The terrain is not very difficult; nevertheless it offers the right portion of challenge.
Accommodation is in tented camps. They are usually equipped with stoves and portable cots. Usually two-three hunters are accommodated together. Showers are rarely available. In most cases a hot water basin is used. The camps are located in mountain valleys at 3,000 feet. Every camp has a cook. You will find good Russian style food and quality service.
40 up to 50F – during the day time
32 up to 40F – during the night and morning hours