All-Army Military Hunting Society

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

All-Army Military Hunting Society

 

a voluntary public sports organization in the Soviet armed forces.

Membership in the All-Army Military Hunting Society is open to all servicemen who possess the minimum of technical skills, pay their membership dues, and fulfill the requirements of the society’s charter. In prerevolutionary Russia there were military hunting societies that had their own charters (St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kazan, and others). In the USSR in 1920 and 1921 military hunting societies of the Moscow, Petrograd, Tbilisi, and other garrisons were created. In 1922 a military hunting society was established for the Moscow District. On Oct. 17, 1933, the Revolutionary Military Council of the USSR created the All-Army Military Hunting Society with its affiliates in military districts. In 1970 the All-Army Military Hunting Society had a membership of more than 200,000 military hunter-sportsmen. It has at its disposal hunting preserves that facilitate the fulfillment of the state plan for procurement of furs; wolves and other predatory animals that inflict damage on agriculture are destroyed.

REFERENCE

Instruktsiia po organizatsii i rabote kollektivov voennykh okhotnikov Vsearmeiskogo voenno-okhotnich’ego obshchestva. [Moscow, 1956.]
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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