But what a sidelight! Hodson books snow sheep hunts (both Kamchatka bighorn, Ovis novicola nivicolsa; and Siberian snow sheep, Ovis nivicola alleni); Kamchatka bear hunts; and Kamchatka moose hunts. Clearly, Hodson knows what he is talking about when it comes to hunts in eastern Russia, having been involved there almost since hunting opened in the region a number of years ago. If you are shopping for a hunt in eastern Russia, he deserves being considered. Why...?
For starters, Hodson says he was 100 percent on bears last year, with one weighing in as the pending new No. 2 in the world, a 10-foot, six-inch monster. Last year, he says he took the world record brown bear with a muzzleloader. As regards sheep, he says one of the Kamchatka bighorns he took last year (a 45-inch x 16-inch behemoth) is the new SCI No. 1 by a whopping eight points.
I'll let Hodson tell you himself about his Kamchatka moose hunts, which he says should produce "...some of the largest moose in the world." Just be aware this is a tough hunt in very forbidding country at a challenging time of year. At $9,000, it's also quite expensive.
Hodson is very tough on fair chase. Forget the use of a helicopter to do anything but get into camp. He's also big on involving his hunters in the local culture. For example, here is what he has to say about hunting moose in his Kamchatka area in the winter. "During your trip, you may have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional sauna, go ice........(continued)