A women's hunting club is challenging men at shooting game in Russia's central Urals region. Roselle Chen reports.
In central Russia, a group of women have set up what is thought to be the country's first women's hunting club. They've called it, "Lady Ga-Ga-Ga." In just a year of its existence the membership has grown to more than a hundred. The club 's founder, Natalia Ivanina, said the idea came from her dog training hobby when she realized that she could introduce both the dogs and their women owners to hunting, a predominantly male pastime in Russia. SOUNDBITE: Natalia Ivanina, club founder, saying (Russian): "We've heard that there are similar women's clubs in Europe and women there are hunting and no one finds it weird. So we've also decided to try it out and got a very positive response from women." She said that the women's approach to hunting is more detail oriented than men. SOUNDBITE: Natalia Ivanina, club founder, saying (Russian): "He gets a dog and when the hunting season starts he says 'Let's go and shoot something.' Women work with dogs systematically, they train them." The club hunts birds regularly but hopes to shoot bigger game like deer or wild boar and won't kill more than they can eat.