On the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia, subscriber Karl Herold recommends a brown bear outfitter with whom he hunted early last May, despite several problems he experienced. Herold hunted from a camp along the Bolshaya (Big) River in central Kamchatka, north of Petropavlovsk with Victor Rebikov's Utgard Tours
. His personal guide was Rebikov's son, Anton.
Herold describes the overall outfitting as good, but, curiously, also says the camp, the meals and the guiding were poor. More importantly he never saw a bear on his hunt: "There were no bears to see. Fresh tracks were equally absent. Best we did was to observe three snow rabbits hightailing-it after we disturbed their little get together. There were plenty of bears, apparently, at other camps, and a fellow hunter, Richard Yenchesky, took a nice brown bear at the Two Yurt Camp.
Herold says he was simply in the wrong camp and that the only way to get to the other camp was by helicopter, which would have incurred enormous charges....