Marals, Siberian roedeer, mountain goats,saiga antelopes, alpine partridge - snowcocks, pheasants –it might be the list of the inhabitants of the zoo, but not for Kazakhstan. It is usual fauna in Kazakhstan. And wolves, wild boars, wader and waterfowl are still objectsfora huntin Kazakhstan.
Hunting for wolves, for example, is still encouraged by the state, due to the damage multiplied grey predator causes to native Kazakh activity such as nomadic cattle breeding, when flocks of sheep shift freely from one pasture to another depending on the season. One of the most beautiful and nobletype of wolf hunting is a traditional hunting using specially trained golden eagle.
Golden eagle is a big and strongbird, there is no equal among other hunting birds to it in power and figure. Sharp look, deadly grip of claws, steel beak –all of those allow to use this huge eagle for hunting, not only for the fox and hare, but also for swift-footed Persian gazelles and even for such daring and perfect predator as wolf.
Not for nothing, price of good hunting golden eagle equaled to the priceof a few good camels in the old days in the Steppe. Hunters with golden eagles always had a prestige and respect with the tribesmen. And famous golden eagles after their death were buried with honor. Now, after decades of oblivion, hunting with golden eagles returns from the category of "remnant" to the category of tradition.
Another original assistant of Kazakh hunter isCentral Asian Tazi. This breed is descended from those dogs that appeared in the Steppe with the Arab army that has brought here new religion from distant Arabia under the green banners of the Prophet. People hunt with Central Asian Tazi for badgers, foxes, marmots, corsac foxes and wolves.
People, who remember tiger roar in the reeds of the banks of the river Ili and Lake Balkhash,are still alive. Tiger skins can be foundonly in Almaty museums. But here, in the floodplain forests, boars bred - the regular food ofdisappeared tiger.
Wild boar huntingis still risky and carries a lot of surprises and advantages of the real hunting in the local reed jungle (where he is the rightful proprietor notyou). It is not like shooting from the ambush at the tame beast in the national park. Here it hasits chances.
However, for fans of the "cultural" huntexist many possibilities in the Semirechye as well. Pay for License, shoot and take the trophy to brag about it to your friends and acquaintances.
The same can be said about the "royal" fishing. These fans take as souvenirs photos beside the hundred kilogram catfish (catfish, after taking pictures, is released back into the river). Carp, pike-perch, chub, bream - all of them are usual representatives of water fauna of inlandbasins (for example, Balkhash). But most of these representatives do not have a deep history here, they were brought here by immigrants and Soviet breeders.
Once a local "Marinka", fish with a very delicate taste and toxic caviar, was the indisputable mistress of these waters (for connoisseurs - a local version of puffer fish). Catch it today, it means to experience the rare luck!