To kill or not to kill
Many cruel and arguable things happened in Belarus last days. So I'm cruel today, and decided to tell you about a debatable hobby that even attracts foreigners to Belarus.
These tourists prefer forest and fields and its riches of fauna to beaches and sights ...They are hunters. And Belarus is really interesting for them. There are national parks in all regions of the country and the diversity of animals there let carry out hunting tours all over the year. In summer for example it’s ‘birds’ season , while autumn and winter imply hunting for fur-bearing and big animals such as red deer, wild boars, elks. There is a game-preserve just 120 km far from Minsk. Hunters are often join hands with each other via hunters’ clubs. There are some in Belarus too. A member of one told me that such international communication and sharing experience help them to revive and develop traditions of hunting. If it could be considered a trade in Soviet Union times, now it is sooner kind of elite hobby. Changes are obvious even in hunters’ look, whose equipment doesn’t look like an old military uniform. Moreover they notice themselves that the level of service in this sphere is growing as well as the professionalism is getting better. Private hunting grounds are also developing. Trophy and collective hunting is getting more and more popular. The processes look like ceremonial with its obligatory parts such as forming and instruction. All signs are given by signalmen with bugle. And there are no mobiles phones! At the end prey laying-out is meant to be, starting with the biggest, or with most important animals like deer and finishing with harmful ones. Lucky hunters are congratulated by the head one with shaking a hand and getting a fir twiggy. They keep their trophy as souvenirs. Those who come here from abroad Belarusian laws let took it away and the price depends on antlers or fangs length and an animal’s age, size or weight. Sure all hunters must have special documents, for getting it people here take exams (and foreigners use ones from their countries). So hunters tell that they are not so cruel as people think, mentioning that it is the only way today to control the number of some wild animals, though it doesn’t mean to annihilate them. They say, hunters have their own professional ethics and culture. For example, they won't shoot at females and juveniles... It’s their way to connect with nature and they consider that its protection is not less important that their leisure. And what do you think about hunting?