Assessing The Hunts On Offer By Denny Geurink


Published: August - 2001

Continuing subscribers will remember my first report (see September 1998 issue, pages 8 - 10) on hunts offered in the former Soviet Union by a booking agency called Outdoor Adventures. Owner Denny Geurink had decided his agency would confine its efforts solely to the former Soviet Union, figuring that it is better to develop true expertise on one part of the world rather than a desultory acquaintance with many. I recently checked in with Geurink and learned that he is doing quite well with this specialized approached. He continues to provide quality hunts at a good value, working out a formula for success in this part of the world that keeps his hunters happy and coming back. In fact many hunters have taken several of his hunts, and some hunt with him every year.

One of Geurink's secrets for success is that he structures all hunts as group departures, and then has each group escorted by someone who speaks Russian and really knows the ropes. Additionally, Geurink works closely with Dimitri Sikorski, a Ukrainian hunt impresario who is as competent and professional as anyone in the business in the former USSR.

In terms of volume, Geurink is now among the largest outfitters for brown bear in the world. He had 28 hunters on his Kamchatka spring hunts this year, and all 28 filled out. Several bears squared over 10 feet, and many squared over nine. As far as scores go, a number of skulls green-scored at 26 14/16, 27 4/16, 27 8/16, 27 11/16, 28 5/16, and 28 8/16. One green-scored over 29 but couldn't be entered because the hunter inadvertently cracked the skull. Outside of Kamchatka, in the interior of Siberia, Geurink has another 30 hunters booked on various hunts this fall for coastal brown bears and grizzlies. In all, his hunters will shoot over 60 bears this year.

His spring hunts in Kamchatka for next year will be conducted April 21 - 28; April 28 - May 2; and May 5 - 12. Hunters stay in large cabins or tents with comfortable beds,........(continued)

 
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