On August 27, 2012, we received an email from Østergaard telling us he had just received his trophy. "One day I read about Stalker Group Ltd in Russia, and Anna Chepiga," he writes. "She has been in contact with all the parties in Belarus and with the Danish cargo firm Agility, and she was able to get all relevant persons in Belarus to work for this case, so now my trophy is finally in Denmark. Without her help my bison would not be in Denmark today. So my best advice to all who want to hunt in Belarus, especially for bison, get in contact with Anna Chepiga from Stalker Group."
The Stalker Group is, apparently, a new hunting and fishing booking agency in Moscow, offering trips in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and across Russia. They have a website in passable English, www.stalker-group.com, phone numbers are (from the US) 011-7-495-755-4851 or 495-755-4852. Their fax number is 011-7-495-604-4868; email is email@example.com. If any other subscriber has used their services, we'd like a report.
In Østergaard's case, all's well that ends well, but anyone considering a hunt in Belarus needs to be aware of the potential difficulties in getting your trophies home. Of course, Belarus isn't the only destination offering wisent. Our 2003 story (Article ID 1145) on wisent hunting lists Poland,........(continued)