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Wolf hunting in Belarus

Wolf huntingThe gray wolf or grey wolf (Canis lupus), often known simply as the wolf, is the largest extant wild member of the Canidae family. Its body average length is 105-160 cm, height is 80-85 cm and up to 1 m. Usually the weight is 30-50 kg. In case of need wolf gathers speed up to 60 km/h. Wolf is able to do passages up to 80 km in a night. Wolf is well known by its voracity. Being hungry it’s able to eat up to 100 kg of meat. In Belarus the wolf eats hoofed mammals: roe deer, wild boar, red deer, moose; it’s not squeamish about rodent and birds eating, also it eats berries and different fruits.

In Belarus the wolf has always been considered a harmful animal and its hunting game is permitted all year long. Several methods of wolf hunting exists: winter driven hunting game with flags, summer driven hunting game around wolf coach, hunting game with a call, stalking hunting game, hunting game from a hide, wolf hunting with traps.

Winter hunting game with flags. It’s the most effective method of hunting game. It consists on the following: a gamekeeper walk round the place where probably wolves are sleeping and by a number of entrance and exit traces determines a presence of the wolf inside. After this some hunters span a cord with flags around this area.

Red and/or yellow flags are hung up at a height of 25-35 cm from the snow surface in well visible places. It’s considered normal an area of 4-5 km of circumference.

Then inside the area, some 30-40 m from the flags line, in the places of most probable appearance of wolf hunters are placed. And beaters get down to work. It’s not recommended to do a lot of noise. To displace wolf it’s enough to cough a little bit. Animals are not afraid much because of that and will go quite. In this case it easier to hit a wolf.

A bait putting favors a success of wolf driven hunting game. It keeps wolves in areas opportune for wolf hunting game.