I hunted with an outfit called Safari-Ukraina Company, which has been organizing hunting tours and safaris for about three years now. Their trips are not limited to Ukraine, but include such destinations as Russia, Central Asia, Africa, New Zealand and other destinations. They have offices in Ukraine's two largest cities, Kiev and Karkov. I purchased my hunt at an auction during the SCI Reno convention, but met the organizers at their booth and got to know them a bit. They all spoke English and were very friendly and helpful.
I learned that Ukraine (by the way, there is no "the" in front of Ukraine, and the people there will correct you if you say "the Ukraine") has a strong hunting tradition and offers a wide variety of game, including red deer, roe deer, fallow buck, sika deer, wild boar, mouflon sheep, European moose and more. Ukraine has three distinct ecosystems: the Polesye; the forested steppes; and the steppes. The Polesye is a pristine region of dense conifer and mixed forests in northern Ukraine. The woodlands are interspersed with blue lakes and swamps where European moose (or elk as they call them), roe deer and Eurasian wild boar are found.
Moving south, the dense evergreen forests turn to groves of broadleaf hardwoods such as oaks. The forests gradually thin and become interspersed with fertile agricultural fields as they give way to the steppes further south. This area between the northern forests and the steppes stretches more than 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the Carpathian Mountains in the west to the eastern hills of Central Russia. It is broken up by gorges, forested gullies, rivers and lakes. Here you find three species of deer - axis, red stag and........(continued)