Papashkina ear

Dad was a storehouse of all kinds of knowledge, master, that is, on all hands, harmonica virtuoso and fisherman ...Photo: Vitaly The drift The farther away from the day when my father was gone, the older are my children, the closer the day when I will not be, the more clearly I understand that my father was probably the most important person in my life.Beautiful, clever face, combed back wavy brown hair. And the last few months, obviously remembering the Cossack roots, he wore a gray beard. Eyes… I've never seen such eyes. Gray, clear, slightly mocking, ironic, but look Read more [...]
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Lucky

Powdered rabbit Malik just guessed on the white canvas of the forest. If it was not until white stubby branches of aspen may not caught the eye and have a place for it. We just have passed without paying proper attention. But for some inexplicable reason, we seized on the utilities bills, sensing that this is our chance! Photo Dzhus / FLICKR.COM Thrill of the Hunt embraced us father and we began to unravel barely visible trace. Hare dvoil, went trodden path, did everything to confuse their tracks. However, increasing the circles, we still found a single chain, which has Read more [...]
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The monster of horns

This story is one hot summer in the early seventies. It then came the holidays my younger brother Vladimir, while a student of the Stroganov artistic-foot school and college friend of Dmitri. He arrived and immediately fired up to go on the floodplain horns, dating back to the estate of Alexei Tolstoy. The river winds through the floodplain of the horns, and on both sides of the forest rises. Floodplain Wetlands infested marsh and waterfowl game. The brother said: «Write landscape, pike, kill a duck, as Levitan». I just served in the army and by the time he returned home. His father, Read more [...]
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Catch noon

Photo by the author I vkidyvayu gun and press the trigger. Dry cracking shot, and the hare, having turned over his head, digs into the snow. Heart pounding from surging emotions.– Goto-oh-oh-in! – I shout in triumph for the entire forest.After a week of cold and full bessnezhya it's finally warming welcome from the snow. Fluffy, voluminous flakes gently hovered outside, settling on the gray and rough, like a stale crust of snow. He walked all day, transforming the dull landscape outside my window. Nature seemed to put off the everyday nondescript clothes and dressed Read more [...]
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Catch the last bus

Photo by Sergei Kudinov All day long we tried to cut and catch the cunning, tireless hare raised even early in the morning. But good luck this time, it seems, was not on our side.The short December day on the wane, and we completely stray from power, decided to throw this «professor»So as not to miss the last bus.Hard moving tired feet a day, we walked slowly toward the bus stop, like beaten dogs. They walked in silence, each thinking about her.– And yet it is great to have with you in the valley chopped! – the first could not stand my father.– Yes, Read more [...]
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Waiting for big water

I remember well my first hunt: Single collapsible boat, which crossed my father through the flooded river spring, heavy, viscous water flowing like molten metal, very near the edge of the board; I remember, when crossed, it turned out - the father forgot a hunting license and leaving me alone in the midst of a spill on a tiny piece of land, swam back. Me and my son. Crossing Linda have d.Ostreevo. April 2013 I remember how, decided to look at the decoy, and that, once open, shouted, and the cry it seemed deafening. As covered hands over his ears when his father quietly and very Read more [...]
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Night Events

I clearly remember in the largest room of our house (we called her room) at the round table is the calendar - 1968.When I came to his senses, the sun on the horizon, and dark winter is very harsh.Photo: Sergey Sorokin In those snowy, Burano and winters are often canceled classes in schools. Houses burying in snow on the roof. In my village, the doors always open inwards - it is clear why.***We are a family sculpt dumplings. Dad, as the strongest kneads the dough, the older brother with my mother over the meat wisely. And, I «run errands» - «Bring, bring». Read more [...]
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So polumagnum!

Shoot - interested, they skinned - surprised and revealed - thinking.Beljak away from «Naida». Recently, a team of hunters, consisting of my wife's father, two of his friends and hound «Naida»With the fourth time took the hare.General Meeting, it was decided: «Naidu» reward «Order» a front paws rabbit and hare «Medal», posthumously. Three hunting this «Professor» cheating and the dog and the man.TEST interested in following the event – hare he shot at first, on the left side with a distance of 40 – Read more [...]
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«CHERЁMUSHNIK» In DRY OAK

- You and your father on the river that happens, right? - Poisonous asked Boris on the phone - his father's longtime friend and partner for fishing adventures. - That is something that had not been! Throughout the spring, I suppose, on his pond and the nose is not stuck out? Oh, you, the fishermen, yadrena mother! Prunus something already fades. It's time to go for bream. Give her father up, I'll talk to him.Agitated Boris, of course, not disinterested. Since last year, he was "horseless", as his old "Zaporozhets" collapsed completely, and, clearly, he was counting on our vehicles. However, we Read more [...]
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What kind of monster?

From about these words took my acquaintance with one novice amateur hunting. Our meeting took place a few days after the beginning of the autumn hunting, on the shore of the lake at s.Maksimovka in the Kaluga region. Photos from the archives of Sergei Fokin It was a warm sunny evening. Before evening sunset it was still about two hours. Carp something in this day pecked, although offered them is there all my attachments.  Far away, in the middle of the lake, swam lonely Grebe.Ducks, which scared going to the lake, and departed in no hurry to return to the nearest mirror among Read more [...]
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Jules Pierre Moynier: fidelity to nature

Jules Pierre Moynier was the most famous artistBut the accuracy of his sculptures (critics call them "instant delay") and the perfection of their execution put it on par with the outstanding sculptors-animal painter of the nineteenth century.Look at one of the most famous figures Moynier - "Setter, pheasant feed." You will feel the warmth and power of the limp bird dog springy muscles. Anatomical accuracy of modeling, knowledge of animal biology, finally understanding the moment of hunting - that's what attracts this small masterpiece, made of bronze.And oddly enough, kvazianatomichnost Moynier, Read more [...]
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The night Watch

In school, my father would sometimes take us to the little brother Romka on summer vacations in reindeer team. Mother was not too early, so we all school years lived in a boarding school, and if the shepherds did not have time to come for us to thaw, we stayed all summer in the village with distant relatives.PHOTO SHUTTERSTOCK.COM In May, the children visited the parents of other children from neighboring brigades. And then on the reindeer, we get to the herds. Sleds gaining a lot. They traveled in herds of reindeer with overnight stays, though their overnight stays and something Read more [...]
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Sweet hop hunting

Skim read printed text, I learned to school and immediately felt an irresistible craving for books. Uncle Basil, the elder brother of our father and a good hunter, had a little library, and in it among puny benefits agriculture and beekeeping stood a big book, beautifully packaged in a tight brown with blue stains cover - filing magazines LP Sabaneev "Nature and Hunting". She immediately interested me, and uncle, making sure my readers' abilities began to give it to me at home. I confess all read it, I completely forgot, but in my memory fragile could survive unremarkable engraving: overgrown with Read more [...]
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On thin ice

Photo Anatoly Mailkova Statistics — thing impartiality. At least it was so in the sixties and seventies. Of the 250 million people of the Soviet Union — 20 million anglers were lovers. It was a huge army of adventurers and romantics, raving fishing. Hobby and this was given to all the free time, and he devoted much, if not to say, everything in this life.Time flows, change the channel of the river, the country changed its appearance, and only an army of fishermen always played. The extent of these may not be so great, but the spirit and the power of the army invariably Read more [...]
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DYNASTY HUNTER-GONCHATNIKOV

More than seventy years of the dynasty Merkulov, but the most important thing in the family, Alexei this year on July 8 71 years. But the old hunter-gonchatnik still strong in spirit, although their age takes. Recently I was visiting him for a long time and we sincerely talked about the present life of the past years, and of course, the main topic was about hunting with hounds.Alexei was born in 1936 in the village. Gridchin Venevsky district of Tula region. Being still a youngster, I went hunting for the first time with his older cousin Merkulov Nikolay Vasilyevich born in 1928. Nicholas and instilled Read more [...]
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And the dream of childhood …

I fall asleep. Dreams, as my father and his friend Sergei uncle went on a boat in a general meadows. A small boat moored swell passes from side to side. The grass can be seen a large iron anchor chain from which stretches to the bow of the boat. In the yard the night. Photo Pierre Bona / FLICKR.COM It smells of hay. I I sit by fire and I look at burning firewood. Smoke rises bluish streaks dissolves somewhere among the countless stars.Adults left in the tent, and I do not sleep. I'm interested in everything. On East begins to dawn. First Read more [...]
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Ducks and taste of grapes

I look through the library hunting has increased over the years, which has left her favorite Astrakhan region. Suddenly I remembered that it was in the middle of August, in the distant fifties–seventies opens the summer-autumn hunting on my native land.July. Father begins to prepare for the hunt. It means to trust me to cut down the felt and cardboard wads. He himself was at this time pouring lead blanks, and then begins to pull one wire. We had a special, made by craftsmen «pravilka» and «rezalka». So it is simply called sorokasantimetrovy metal area in which holes Read more [...]
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Zabok

The long-awaited moment when the snow yet, and ground frost in the morning prihvatyvaetPhoto: Sergey Borisov There is in our area one remarkable place and called it strange to the ear word Zabok. I heard about it from his father. He said that during the time of collectivization, at the beginning of the last century, the local Komsomol organized municipality, gathered from all the surrounding villages in this very Zabok, built a shelter for cattle – yards, plowed field nearby and lived here until the commune fell apart. Gradually built something like houses and buildings collapsed, Read more [...]
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Palm

It was in the early 60-ies. We lived in the Kuban region, on the shores of the Kerch Strait. My father - a soldier, was fought across Europe to Berlin; Returning from the war, he became interested in hunting, was an avid hunter and always wanted to buy a hunting dog.Photo prc1333 / flickr.com (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) This case was presented to him, and He bought market Kerch a sporting pointer hunting dog breed. When he crossed over to the her ferry across the Kerch Strait on Kuban land, the last bus has already left. There was only one — Read more [...]
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Dog vocation

Well, no village dogs Russian beauty breed hounds, food poor, and in the rest of the time hunting dogs tend to just sit for months on the circuit before the booth, representing security dog. But the quality of their work ...And let us with the brother distribution list for the day: to make out the wood, bring water, cattle feed. And in the evening, when my father came home from hunting, I will older brother ran up to him and asked: «What have you brought?» And the father, always good-naturedly making fun of me, answered the same: «Here, you fox goodies handed» – and Read more [...]
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