HUNTING and fishing in Yakutia
Hunting club "Kuumaan"
The club gathered around 40 members of amateur hunters of different nationalities.
Our club bears the name of the hunter of the personnel officer, Hero of the socialist labor of Tastygin Nikolai Petrovich - "Kuumaan".
Our club is open to all comers, the planet earth!

Wild Reindeer Hunting
  • Opening day: February, 28th
  • Location: Zhiganski District, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia. Watch the map.
  • Trip duration: 8-12 days
  • Schedule: Transfer from Yakutsk airport; checking into the hotel; coach excursion over the sites of Yakutsk City; purchase of special munitions in the hunting stores of Yakutsk; a visit to the shaman for the rites of meet-and-greet and hunter send-off.
Departure time from Yakutsk airport for Zhigansk settlement: Mondays and Thursdays, 12am. The flight cost is 15,000 RUR (about EUR270–280) per person; the flight takes 2 hours. A one-night accommodation in the hotel or private house is provided in Zhigansk. Our hunting territory is located at about 125–155 miles away from Zhigansk, at Khaahkchan and Muna rivers in Zhigansky District of Sakha (Yakutia) Republic. We use the 'Ural', 'KAMAZ Saigak' or 'GAZ-66' all-terrain trucks for reaching the destination. The accommodation on site is provided in the cabins for 2–3 hunting crews. All-terrain vehicles or snowmobiles are used for the transportation to the reindeer migration routes. Once the route is beyond 2–2.5 miles away from the base, hunters are to move for the campsite.

Important: All hunters must have sleeping bags designed for -30°F to -50°F (-35°C to -45°C) which is a possible outdoor temperature. Arctic clothes and shoes are required. Winter camouflage is needed also.

  • Munitions: Hunters should preferably have their own guns; gun permits are mandatory. Only persons skilled in handling rifle weapons are allowed for hunting big game.
Once the hunter has got no own gun but all the required permits, the Tiger 7.62-64, SKS 7.62-39 or Steyr-Mannlicher AUG .223 hunting shotguns as well as national Yakut hunting knives are available for rent.

  • Meal: 3 meals a day including fresh vegetable salads, fresh meat and fish courses.
  • Alcohol: we don't drink alcohol in our team, although we don't mind about some reasonable amount of drinks brought by hunters for themselves.
After the trip is over, the silver pendants made of bear claws and certificates of reindeer hunting club members are presented to the hunters. Accompanying game hunting (e.g., hare, fox, wolverine, wolf and upland game birds like grouse, woodcock, partridge, hazel hen) is also possible.

  • Additional services:
    — Rifle weapons rent: EUR350 per day.
    — Purchasing the ammunition under your request in Yakutsk.
    — Taxidermy services.
  • Price: overall trip cost (from Zhigansk settlement) is EUR2,000
    (not including flight cost from Yakutsk to Zhigansk and back)
Snow Sheep Hunting
The snow sheep are closely related to the Asian urial and the Marco Polo sheep. They are the most difficult to access among animalsliving in the snow. The snow sheep live at the steep mountain slopes occasionally keeping their eyes open for any danger or threat. Harsh climate, prolonged passages and multi-hour wait turn the hunting into a breathtaking adventure!

The snow sheep is the major trophy. Males' horns length can reach up to 31–40 in.

Hunting season: from August, 1st to November, 15th.

Location: Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, RussiaTrip duration: 7-10 days.Recommended team: 4-5 hunters.Hunting game: the sheep – approached, chased or pursued by specially trained Siberian huskies.Accompanying game: brown bear, moose, wild reindeer, musk deer, wolf. How to get there: 1) Flights Yakutsk – Moma – Sasyr. Departure days for Moma (Khonuu village is a district center) are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Flight cost is EUR200–400.
2) By road to Uchugay village (Oymyakon District); flight to Tomtor village village (Oymyakon District). The cost is EUR200–400.
3) By road or flight to Ust-Nera settlement, flight cost is 10,000–17,000 RUR (EUR180–320). Flight costs depend on the season and airline company. Then by 'Ural', 'KAMAZ Saigak', 'GAZ-66' all-terrain trucks or by 'GTS' or 'MTLB' track vehicles. Another alternative is a helicopter transfer there and back (about EUR5,000 per flight hour).
Accommodation: in the hunting campsite. There is a kitchen and canteen on site, a stove-heated cabin, etc. Professional guides, cooks and other personnel are at your service.
Guidance: 1 hunter + 1 guide.Once the trophy is bagged, the guide performs its primary inspection for further transportation. Portable radio or satellite phones are used for communications between hunters and the base.
Meal: 3 meals a day. National Yakut and Russian cuisine including fresh vegetable salads, fresh meat and fish courses.
Price for hunters: EUR15,000 (including one trophy sheep).
Price for non-hunters: EUR3,000
Accompanying trophy prices:
Bear: EUR7000-8000
Sheep: EUR10000
Moose: EUR7000-8000
Wild reindeer: EUR1,500
Musk deer: EUR1,000

Additional sport fishing trips (angling or netting) are available for extra charge in august and September at Yakutsk – Batagay route. Lenoks, umbers and the taimen are the game. Even the arctic char fishing is possible at the upland lakes of Moma District. The price is to be specified.

Guide responsibilities : terrain reconnaissance; assistance in getting the trophy; carrying munitions; cooking in the camp; preparation of the trophy for its further transportation. Guidance is not limited with responsibilities listed hereinabove.

Hunters have to carry their own baggage, weapons and sleeping bags themselves. Hunters and guides use their own binoculars or spyglasses. The spyglass (x60) is preferable for the snow sheep hunting. Once the hunter wants to use a range finder, he has to have a personal one.

While being in highlands, hunters and guides live in tents. From the end of September, heated canvas tents are used since the snow can cover the ground. Due to hunting situation, hunters may move their camp.THE TRIP DURATION MAY HAVE TO GET CHANGED DEPENDING ON THE HUNTING RESULT. The cost includes:
• Horses rent;
• Full hunting services;
• Guiding services;
• Primary processing and packing of the trophy;
• Providing all the necessary paperwork for the trophy;
• Providing the trophy exportation permits;
• Accommodation in the camp and three meals a day;
• One snow sheep trophy;
• Transfer from Yakutsk airport to hunting destination and back.Not included:
• Flight costs;
• Extra luggage fee;
• Weapons transportation costs;
• Accommodation and meals on the way for the main hunting base. There are hotels and cafes in Khonuu, Ust-Nera and Uchugay villages. Also, some local families would welcome you for accommodation and meal for extra charge.
• Private telephone calls, including calls from the hunting campsite;
• Alcohol drinks. Time zone: UTC+11:00. Temperature ranges in the hunting destination: August: day temperature 64°F (+18°C); night temperature 41°F (+5°C).September: day temperature 41°F (+5°C); night temperature 23°F (-5°C).October: day temperature 14°F (-10°C); night temperature 5°F (-15°C).November: day temperature -4°F ~ +5°F (-15°C ~ -20°C); night temperature -4°F ~ -13°F (-20°C ~ -25°C).There is a stove-heated cabin on site. Tents are for 5-6 persons. There is a power generator for illumination and charging of cameras and cellphones. Guides and cooks are at your service.

The order is to be placed at least within a month before the trip since the terrain reconnaissance for the trophy sheep is to be performed in advance.

Bear or Moose Hunting in Yakutia
Bear hunting season: from the beginning of April to the end of September
Moose hunting season: from August to December.
Location: Kyymaan Club hunting area, Zhiganski District, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia. The game may get approached or pursued by specially trained Siberian huskies. Bear hunting in winter and moose hunting in autumn is possible using snowmobiles and quad bikes. Also, boat hunting trips by Lena River or by mountain rivers of Zhiganski District are possible in autumn.

How to get there: Flights Yakutsk – Zhigansk. Departure days are Mondays and Thursdays. Flight cost is 13,000–16,000 RUR (EUR240–290). A one-night accommodation in the hotel or private house is provided in Zhigansk.

Accommodation: in the hunting cabin or campsite. There is a kitchen and canteen on site, a stove-heated cabin, etc. Professional guides, cooks and other personnel are at your service.

Meal: 3 meals a day. National Yakut and Russian cuisine including fresh vegetable salads, fresh meat and fish courses.

Price: EUR3,000 either for bear or moose hunting trip, trophy hunting EUR10,000.

The cost includes:
• Transportation to hunting camp;
• Full hunting services;
• Guiding services;
• Primary processing and packing of the trophy;
• Providing all the necessary paperwork for the trophy;
• Providing the trophy exportation permits;
• Accommodation in the camp and three meals a day;
• At least one game trophy;
• Transfer from Yakutsk airport to hunting destination and back.
Not included:
• Flight costs;
• Extra luggage fee;
• Weapons transportation costs;
• Accommodation and meals on the way for the main hunting base. There is a hotel and cafe in Zhigansk settlement. Also, some local families would welcome you for accommodation and meal for extra charge.
• Private telephone calls, including calls from the hunting campsite;
• Alcohol drinks.

Time zone: UTC+11:00.
Temperature ranges in the hunting destination:
May: day temperature 24°F ~ 27°F (-3°C ~ -4°C); night temperature 5°F ~ 14°F (-10°C ~ -15°C).
Winter: down to -40°F (-40°C).There is a stove-heated cabin on site. Tents are for 5-6 persons. There is a power generator for illumination and charging of cameras and cellphones. Guides and cooks are at your service.

Guide responsibilities: terrain reconnaissance; assistance in getting the trophy; carrying munitions; cooking in the camp; preparation of the trophy for its further transportation. Guidance is not limited with responsibilities listed hereinabove.

THE TRIP DURATION MAY HAVE TO GET CHANGED DEPENDING ON THE HUNTING RESULT.
Goose, Duck and Velvet Scoter Hunting in Yakutia
Hunting season opens from the beginning of May and lasts till the end of June. Hunting destinations are located on the islands of Lena River in Zhiganski District, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia.

The first trip dates from May, 5th, to May, 13th.
3-4 hunters are in the team.

The second trip dates from May, 13th, to May, 25th.
4-5 hunters are in the team. The helicopter transfer to Tarbagannakh Island and back is provided.

The third trip dates from May, 25th, to June, 10th.
3-4 hunters are in the team. The cutter or motorboat transfer is provided (the velvet scoter hunting).

All departures are from Zhigansk settlement.

Hunting game: bean goose, greater white-fronted goose, ducks.Accompanying game: bear, wolf; northern pike fishing (angling or netting).

How to get there: Flights Yakutsk – Zhigansk. Departure days are Mondays and Thursdays. Flight cost is 13,000–16,000 RUR (EUR240–290). A one-night accommodation in the hotel or private house is provided in Zhigansk.

Accommodation: in the hunting cabin or campsite. There is a kitchen and canteen on site, a stove-heated cabin, etc. Professional guides, cooks and other personnel are at your service.

Meal: 3 meals a day. National Yakut and Russian cuisine including fresh vegetable salads, fresh meat and fish courses.

Guide responsibilities : terrain reconnaissance; assistance in getting the trophy; carrying munitions; cooking in the camp; preparation of the trophy for its further transportation. Guidance is not limited with responsibilities listed hereinabove.

THE TRIP DURATION MAY HAVE TO GET CHANGED DEPENDING ON THE HUNTING RESULT.

The first trip price is EUR1,500 per hunter (including one-way flight for Zhigansk with the trophy).

The second trip price is EUR2,800 per hunter (including helicopter flight to Tarbagannakh Island and back).

The third trip price is EUR2,800 per hunter

Accompanying trophy prices: Bear: EUR3,000 Wolf: EUR1,000

Fishing is included into the cost.

The cost includes:
• Transportation to hunting camp;
• Full hunting services;
• Guiding services;
• Primary processing and packing of the trophy;
• Providing all the necessary paperwork for the trophy;
• Providing the trophy exportation permits;
• Accommodation in the camp and three meals a day;
• The trophy is at least 10 gooses and 20 velvet scoters per hunter;
• Transfer from Yakutsk airport to hunting destination and back.Not included:
• Flight costs;
• Extra luggage fee;
• Weapons transportation costs;
• Accommodation and meals on the way for the main hunting base. There is a hotel and cafe in Zhigansk settlement. Also, some local families would welcome you for accommodation and meal for extra charge of EUR50.
• Private telephone calls, including calls from the hunting campsite;
• Alcohol drinks.

Time zone: UTC+11:00.

Temperature ranges in the hunting destination: May: day temperature 24°F ~ 27°F (-3°C ~ -4°C); night temperature 5°F ~ 14°F (-10°C ~ -15°C).June: day temperature 37°F ~ 43°F (+3°C ~ +6°C); night temperature 32°F (0°C).There is a stove-heated cabin on site. Tents are for 5-6 persons. There is a power generator for illumination and charging of cameras and cellphones. Guides and cooks are at your service.
The taimen fishing
Fishing season: from the beginning of August till the end of September

Trip duration: 8-10 days

Location:1) Various mountain rivers: Menkerecheen, Uyadyulyung, Natara and Jarjan in Zhiganski District of Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia.

The main base is located 143 miles down Lena River from Zhigansk settlement, at the mouth of Natara river. There is a cabin with kitchen and basement and a helipad.

2) Olenek river in Olenekski District or various mountain rivers of Verkhoyansk Range. Fishermen can get delivered there by helicopter and picked up back a week later. The helicopter cost is EUR5,000 per hour – and it worth so because there is the best taimen ever! The trophy fish weight may reach up to 88lb (40kg). The overall helicopter cost is about EUR15,000-18,000.

Description: Meeting fishermen in Zhigansk airport; checking into the hotel or private house. Walking over Zhigansk sites; having supper. Transfer to the fishing base in the morning.

Most common techniques are spinning and angling. The season is ideal for fishing the taimen, lenoks, umbers and northern pikes of the trophy size.

There are also some rivers with amazingly pure water ideal for spearfishing or diving.

Weather conditions, required clothes and munitions: Clothes, shoes and sleeping bags must be designed for the cold weather. In August and September, the night temperature in the highlands can drop down to 17°F ~ 21°F (-6°C ~ -8°C). Normally there is a calm.

Accompanying game hunting: moose, wild reindeer, musk deer, bear, wolf, wolverine and hare (for extra charge). Goose and duck hunting is nice in the dawns. Cutters and motorboats are used for the transportation during the trip. Orders have to be placed at least within 2-3 months before the trip: we book all flights for you, especially helicopters, in advance. The deposit is to be paid.

The trip price can vary from EUR3,000 to EUR10,000, depending on its complexity and personal preferences of the fisherman. The total cost is negotiated and calculated beforehand and then it is recorded in the contract.

Alternative options:

  1. A low-cost option which is popular among local fishermen. There is only one-way helicopter transfer to toe fishing destination and then fishermen raft by 2-3 inflated boats down the river within the next 5-6 days. The price is EUR3,000 per person.
    Tourists need to arrange a team of 4-5 fishermen plus a guide. The one-way flight from Zhigansk to the destination takes about 1.5–2 hours; the two-way flight time is 3–4 hours.
Inflated or water-jet boats are used for rafting.

  1. Another option means the motorboat transfer instead of helicopter. However, the chance of getting the trophy-size taimen is small. The normal weight of the game is about 9-11lb (4-5kg), not just the taimen but lenoks, umbers and northern pikes as well. The commercial fishing season on Lena River opens in the middle of August. Arctic ciscoes, broad whitefish and muksuns are the main commercial species. Fishermen are welcome for netting and for sharing the experience with their local colleagues. Accommodation, meal and services are the same as for hunters.
The price is from EUR 2,000
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