Berkutchi or eagle hunting is one of the most famous and favorite amusements in Kyrgyzstan and berkut hunts wild animals - foxes, wolves, hares and even gnawing animals. And berkutchi play a very important role in the life of the eagles, as it is not easy to find a baby eagle, to domesticate and breed. Long time ago those who had an eagle and a horse were highly respected in society, as they provided a village and their family with meat and fur. Eagle hunting in Kyrgyzstan is the important part of nomadic life of the Kyrgyz, but not everyone could become berkutchi, as knowledge was going from generation to generation. The remarkable point is that the name of the golden eagle is going from the appearance. They live 40-50 years, and undergo the process of domestication for 3-4 years. After 20 years they are given free in nature of Kyrgyzstan and find a couple to live for the whole life. You have an opportunity to try eagle hunting during a tour in Kyrgyzstan. It is highly recommended in the course of a tour in Kyrgyzstan to try eagle hunting or visit demonstrations of it. Mainly the season starts in October and lasts for 4 months. Demonstrations may be visited in regions of Naryn and Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan, and the price is 100$ per a group.
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