Bird hunting in the steppes of Transnistria

Bird hunting in the steppes of Transnistria

In the old days the steppes of Transnistria was famous for its abundance of game, — they were and bustards and little bustards, partridges, waders and steppe. But over time, the pristine steppe were subjected to cultivation, natural conditions have changed and most wild birds disappeared. Only grey partridges and bustards were able to adapt to new conditions.

The disappearance of the game resulted in a cessation of hunting unabated. Despite the fact that in some parts of Transnistria remains quite a lot of great bustard, extraction of this bird has decreased significantly. In addition, bustards are very careful, and hunt them hard. Constant hunting of these birds and is prohibited by law — shooting is allowed only seasonal. In the red Book bustard is listed under the status of vulnerable species.

Such methods, as the surge on horses, hounds hunting on broods nowadays is no longer practiced — hunters use only individual «STO-len», when the bird until the last moment unaware that it is coming.

Usual in Transnistria and gray partridge, but its population in the area is very small — mainly due to rampant hunting for it in the mid-forties of the twentieth century. In 1947 the Transnistrian partridge almost died altogether, and go back to the same size bird can still.

Bird hunting in the steppes of Transnistria

Now hunting in the Transnistrian fields goes mainly for quail, which appears in very large quantities in the coastal areas in the early autumn due to the Northern and North-East winds, always brings a whole quail vysypte. Local hunters, of course, know about this feature and I love quail hunting, especially given the fact that the bird arrives here in bold, to hunt her down easy. In the early 1950-ies there have been cases when hunters have produced three dozen quail per hunting without dogs, and for the season — three hundred quail and more.

On the banks of the Dniester there are lots of waterfowl, and it also is a large-scale hunt. According to official data for 1951-th year, only in registered hunting farms in the Odessa region produced more than seven hundred geese, fifteen thousand ducks and waders 1600. Of course, these data do not correspond to reality — in fact, the game produced a lot more than indicated in the reports as accurate records of shot birds while it is impossible to maintain, even in the hunting economy.