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Maral Hunting

For long, the maral has been the most desired take for inhabitants of Altai where many petroglyphs (rock carvings) with the maral hunting scenes dating 2nd or 3rd century BC survived. The indigenous people valued and respected marals more than, for example, bears or moose. The maral hunting was traditional occupation giving meat, skin and medicines in plenty.

These days the maral hunting hasnít lost popularity in Altai and it is becoming ever more popular. Today it can be called a purely male sport where the hunterís award is not just severe romance of adventures and great trophies but also a lot of unforgettable experiences for a lifetime.

Maral in winter Maral on bait Marals

Maral Is an Embodiment of Altai

The maral is a particular species of a red deer and itís the main ornament of Altai fauna. The sense of excitement, awe and admiration will seize you when you see this animal. This is a big, strong and graceful animal, its mass can reach from 300 to 350 kg (660 to 770 lb), body length is 2.5 meters (8.2 ft) and height at the withers is 1.3 to 1.6 meters (4.2 to 5.2 ft).

In addition to the maral, there are 15 species of red deer, many of which also live in Altai.

Maral Hunting Permissions and Restrictions

There are two licensed hunting seasons for maral males (females hunt is forbidden). The first one is spring and summer when hunting farms obtain a small number of licenses for the maral hunting in June and July to get valuable frontal antlers. The second season is autumn and winter. Local hunting administrations determine terms and number of animals for shooting.

Features of the Maralís Behavior

The maral is a fearful and secretive animal, it is not domesticable. It is able to smell hunters miles away, and if necessary, it can escape before a hunter will have time to reach his gun. During the mating season, from September to November, marals lose their vigilance and roar attracting females and entering into competition with other males, making it much easier to hunt them down.

Maral Hunting Methods

There are some traditional methods of the maral hunting: ambushing, hunting with dogs, hunting in the mating season and hunting by means of salt earth. In Altai it is also practiced to lure marals with a caller which is called ďabyrgyĒ in the local dialect. It is a kind of wind instrument made of birch bark which sounds like the maralís voice.

The roar of deer is very loud. The sound usually spreads over several miles. In the rutting midst marals can ďsingĒ all day but the roar peak is observed in the morning.

Winter Maral Hunting

Long strong legs allow marals to move very quickly and easily even in dense forest. In the winter it is much more difficult for marals to move through snowdrifts on the slopes and in the taiga. Moreover, in the winter you can easily track down the animal.

Value and Use of the Trophy

The main values of the successful maral trophy hunting are meat and antlers. Young (spring) velvet antlers of males contain pantocrine with unique rejuvenating and healing properties that is used in medicine. New antlers start growing in May. By the winter season they turn into impressive branchy horns being a magnificent trophy. Skin and fat are also valuable.

Success in maral hunting Maral horns Maral head

Our Offer To You

We offer an organization of maral hunt in Altai and West Sajan Mountains
Hunting locationSeasonApprox. cost 
AltaiSeptember-Octoberfrom 5 400 euromore info
SajanSeptember-Octoberfrom 5 400 euromore info
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