Notes of an East Siberian Hunter

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Author House, Jan 12, 2012 - Nature - 464 pages
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Synopsis by Vladimir Beregovoy Notes of an East Siberian Hunter by A. A. Cherkassov is among the oldest bestsellers in Russia, in print since 1865. This book has often been called an encyclopedia of hunting in nineteenth century East Siberia. It has been cherished and read and reread by generations of hunters and naturalists. It was my dream to share its content with the world outside Russia. I met Steve Bodio*, who is also a naturalist and a professional writer with experience in hunting and Russian literature and history. Working together, we completed its first translation into English. The book is narrated in a lively, colloquial Siberian folk dialect; we tried to preserve it as much as possible. Its content includes meticulous descriptions of hunting methods, wildlife, ways of life, customs and even superstitions common among Russian frontiersmen and the native people of East Siberia in the nineteenth Century. It will be a good reference for historians, biologists, geographers, ethnographers, hunters, linguists and serious environmentalists. V. B *Stephen Bodio, author of Eagle Dreams, On the Edge of the Wild, and Querencia among other titles-- see Amazon.com for reviews.
 

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I have to say that otters do dig thru the ice when it is thick. We have a rink on the ice of a lake in front of our house. The ice is about 16 inches thick. We took the snow blower down and blew a wonderful trail to the rink...and about 5 days later there was a swamp of water and a hole smack dab in the middle of the trail to the rink. The trail is only as wide as the snowblower. We noticed that where there are dogs...there are holes. The neighbour had a dog taken under a hole from the otters years ago, so we aren't impressed and what a mess of flooding water it left. 

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Contents

A THE GUN
3
B CHARGING AND LOADING GUNS
14
C POWDER PELLETS BULLET BUCKSHOT AND PERCUSSION CAPS
22
D OTHER HUNTING GEAR
27
E SHOOTING
30
F THE DOG
33
B THE PROMYSHLENNYI HORSE
41
I SOME COMMENTS CONCERNING SIBERIAN HUNTING
47
15 WEASEL Mustela nivalis
216
16 CHIPMUNK Eutamias sibiricus
218
17 JUMBURA GROUND SQUIRREL Citellus undulatus and Citellus dahuricus
220
18 FLYING SQUIRREL Pteromys volans
222
19 JERBOA Alactaga sibirica
225
20 RACCOONLIKE DOG Nyctereures procyonoides
227
21 TIGER Felis tigris or BABR
229
22 MOOSE Cervus alces
235

1 BROWN BEAR Ursus arctos
61
2 WOLF Canis lupus
92
3 FOX Vulpes vulpes
123
4 CORSAC Vulpes corsac
144
5 NORTHERN LYNX Felis lynx
147
6 WOLVERINE Gulo gulo
157
7 BADGER Meles meles amurensis
163
8 MARTEN Martes sibellina
171
9 SABLE Martes zibellina
176
10 Otter Lutra lutra
189
12 FERRET Mustela sibirica
198
13 KURNA Mustela eversmanni
208
14 ERMINE Mustela erminea
212
23 SIBERIAN ELK Cervus elaphus sibiricus
264
24 ROE DEER Capreolus capreolus
295
25 MUSK DEER Moschus moschiferus
324
26 MONGOLIAN GAZELLE Gazella gutturosa
331
27 REINDEER Rangifer tarandus
335
28 WILD BOAR Sus scrofa
342
29 ASIAN WILD ASS Equus hemionus AND ARGALI SHEEP Ovis ammon
352
30 MONGOLIAN MARMOT Marmota sibirica
354
31 HARE Lepus timidus and Lepus tolai
377
32 SQUIRREL Sciurus vulgaris
389
33 CAPERCAILLIE Tetrao urogallus and Tetrao parvirostris
405
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