I have always been interested in hunting, so when my two friends Eartha Julius and Clark Susan invited me to go hunting in Novosibirsk, Russia, I agreed without hesitation. We planned to stay there for a week and try to catch some rare animals such as wolves, bears, and elk. To be able to hunt at night, we needed special equipment such as infrared binoculars. After searching online for many brands and models, we finally chose the cost-effective Chinese brand Wildguarder. This is a professional night vision device that can provide clear images and distance measurement functions in the dark. With this infrared binoculars, we flew to Novosibirsk and began our hunting trip.
Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia region of Russia and the third-largest city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is located on the Ob River bank and is the administrative center of Siberian Federal District. Novosibirsk’s history is not long; it originated in 1893 when a village on the left bank of Ob River was chosen as a construction site for building Trans-Siberian Railway bridge across it. The village was initially called Gusevka or Aleksandrovsky but later renamed Novonikolayevsk in 1895 after Tsar Nicholas II’s coronation ceremony took place that year. In 1897, railway bridge was completed followed by granting of city status to Novonikolayevsk in 1903 due its proximity with rich Kuznetsk coal fields & important railway routes which led rapid development into an industrial & commercial hub .In 1925,it got renamed as “Novosibirsk” (“New Siberia”). During World War II ,many factories from European part of Russia were relocated here making it most important industrial city of Siberia.
Novosibirsk is not only an industrial city but also a cultural and educational city. It has many museums, libraries, theaters, music halls as well as Russia’s largest zoo and botanical garden. We visited some interesting places in Novosibirsk, the most impressive of which was the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre. This is one of the world’s largest opera houses built between 1931-1944 with Soviet-era architectural style. Its interior decoration is very luxurious with a huge crystal chandelier & seating capacity for 2500 people .We enjoyed a wonderful ballet performance of “Swan Lake” there that left us deeply impressed.
Another surprising attraction for us was the Novosibirsk Zoo. It is one of Russia’s largest and most famous zoos, as well as one of the largest in the world. Established in 1933, it covers an area of 63 hectares and houses over 11,000 animals from more than 600 species. Many rare and endangered animals can be found here, such as white tigers, snow leopards, and lion-tailed macaques. The zoo has also conducted successful hybrid experiments resulting in ligers (lion-tiger hybrids), tigons (tiger-lion hybrids), mules (horse-deer hybrids), zonkeys (zebra-donkey hybrids) and more. We were amazed to see these unique creatures at the zoo.
In addition to these attractions, we also visited various museums including the Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk State Museum of Local History and Nature, and Novosibirsk State Museum of Railway Technology where we enjoyed a variety of art pieces, historical artifacts and technological exhibits that gave us a deeper understanding of Novosibirsk’s culture and history.
Apart from hunting experiences during our trip to Novosibirsk we also indulged ourselves with local cuisine which is influenced by multiple ethnicities like Russian,Uzbek,Ukrainian,and Georgian forming a diverse yet rich flavor profile.We tried traditional Russian dishes like Pelmeni(dumplings),Borscht(beetroot soup)and Pirozhki(pies).We also tasted some Central Asian & Caucasian delicacies like Lamb Varak(Uzbek style dumplings),Lazzat(Uzbek style stewed meat)and Khachapuri(Georgian cheese-filled bread).We discovered some interesting fusion dishes too such as Japanese-style dumplings or French-style pizza showcasing innovation & diversity in food culture.
During our stay at Novosibirsk we visited different styles restaurants and bars, some of which left a deep impression on us. One such place was Beerman & Pelmeni, a restaurant that specializes in various flavors and shapes of dumplings while also offering many foreign beer brands to choose from. We tried traditional Russian-style dumplings as well as some Japanese and Georgian-style ones, feeling very excited about the novelty and deliciousness.
Another memorable spot was Perchini, an authentic Italian cuisine restaurant with homemade pasta, pizza and lasagna. We had a hearty lunch there feeling satisfied and warm inside.The decor of the restaurant is also stylish and modern attracting many young people.
Lastly we visited Loft Trava,a creative project that combines art space,dance studio,theater printing workshop,and independent project exhibition center all in one.It has a coffee area where you can enjoy rich coffee & tasty snacks while admiring Novosibirsk’s creative scene.We met some local artists & designers there chatting with them exchanging ideas experiencing Novosibirsk’s vitality & creativity firsthand.
Our biggest pleasure in Novosibirsk was definitely hunting. We booked a professional hunting tour online, which provided us with everything we needed including vehicles, weapons, guides and permits. We chose to hunt at night because animals are more likely to appear and it’s also more challenging. To observe and aim at the animals in the dark, we used an infrared binoculars called wildguarder.
Wildguarder is a very useful night vision device that provides clear images and distance measurement functions in the dark. It has a large display screen that allows us to see our surroundings and animal locations. It also has a built-in camera for taking pictures or recording videos of our hunting process. The device weighs only 600 grams making it easy to carry around while being durable enough to withstand harsh weather conditions such as rain, snow or low temperatures.
We hunted in a forest near Novosibirsk where there were many wild animals such as wolves, bears, elk and wild boars. Following our guide’s lead, we found a suitable hiding spot after walking for some time then used Wildguarder binoculars to observe our surroundings where we discovered some animal tracks nearby. We quietly approached them before aiming at their legs or tails just enough to give them warning without causing too much harm since we didn’t want to kill them but rather experience the thrill of hunting.
We spent several hours hunting in the forest feeling thrilled by this exciting activity while using Wildguarder binoculars which allowed us not only record our experiences but also take photos of these beautiful creatures up close even during nighttime when they’re most active.
Overall, Novosibirsk was an unforgettable week-long adventure filled with history tours cultural landmarks local cuisine drinks along with experiencing nighttime hunts thanks largely due towards having access Wildguarder infrared binoculars which proved invaluable tool allowing us capture all details expressions accurately measure distances angles making it perfect companion any hunter.