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Just for fun
12-06-2018, 11:52 AM
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Just for fun
I'm bored with lots of time. So just out of curiosity I sent the following email to the DNR just for fun.

I've wondered if American fish and game conservation officers and experts do an exchange program with Russian counterparts? It would be interesting to see and understand the different species or similiar ones Russia has compared to the US. Do they allow hunting and fishing, do they require licenses, do they have specific seasons, what are their limits, is conservation important, how do they treat violators, do they have commercial hunting lodges and fishing resorts, what is the most popular hunting and fishing, etc., etc.?

Then much to mu surprise I got the following reply.

Hello Ron –

Thank you for contacting the Minnesota DNR Info Center. This is a fun question, one I have not had before.

I looked online and I found that the US Fish and Wildlife Service does work cooperatively with the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The earliest recorded international treaty to address wildlife conservation was the US-Russia Polar Bear Commission in 1911. Native populations are also involved in these discussions. Alaska, of course, works quite closely with Russian staff, since many of their wildlife species are found in or between the borders up there. Here is a link to the US Fish & Wildlife International Affairs page. You would probably be able to get some really good information from them directly.

Big game hunting in Russia includes such species as moose, brown bear, grizzly, wild boar, stag, sheep, lynx and wolf. Upland game birds and other small game are also popular, as are marine animals like seal. Because Russia is so big (covering 11 time zones and multiple climates), the terrain varies widely, and what you can hunt on one part of the continent may be very different from another. Outfitters offer a range of hunting experiences, from “outback” tenting expeditions to more modern guesthouses or cabins.

Foreign hunters do need a license, a visa and an “invitation” from an outfitter. You can bring your own firearms, but have to report the model and serial number, and you are restricted as to the amount of ammo you can bring. No archery equipment is allowed. There are seasons for the different species, much like we have here, and limits on how many you can harvest. For instance, . XXXXXXXXXXXXX

Poaching is a problem in Russia, both by locals and by elite outfitters, especially for species like Siberian tigers, snow leopards, bears (for parts), and so on. New tighter regulations went into effect in 2012 in order to curtail some of that.

I’m sorry I can’t give you specific regulations and limits, but perhaps the folks at USFW will be able to help with that. If there is anything else we can do for you, please let us know. You can email us at, or call us at 888-646-6367. We’re here from 8-8 Monday-Friday, and 9-1 on Saturday, and anyone here will be happy to help you.

Have a great day!

Customer Service Specialist Intermediate | Office of Communications & Outreach
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 888-646-6367 or 651-296-6157
Fax: 651-297-3618

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12-10-2018, 03:00 PM
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RE: Just for fun
That’s pretty neat to get a reply like that!

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