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Interesting Soviet hunting timeline map, which depicts what animals can be hunted at what times of the year, published in 1958 for the 1959 hunting season.

The map was produced by the Main Directorate of Geodesy and Cartography, the primary mapmaker in the Soviet Union during this time.

The map is rather more decorative than a lot of Soviet cartography from this time, which was utilitarian. The pictorial borders, which feature squirrels, rabbits, ducks, etc., are a particularly nice touch.

An inset of Kaliningrad is in the lower left of the "Eastern" side of the map.

A limitation notice on the cover suggests that the map was printed in an edition of 25,000, a relatively small run for this kind of map in the Soviet Union. Despite the thousands of maps that were printed, the map is very rare today, this being the first time we have seen it.

The map indicates that animals colored in black were "allowed for shooting" (presumably in the times noted); animals in blue were "to be exterminated"; animals in brown could only be harvested with a special license; and, animals in red were prohibited from being taken.

This indicates that carnivores (black bears, bobcats, badgers, and wolves) could be hunted to extinction, whereas European bison, polar bears, etc. could not be taken at all.

An interesting graphic insight into Soviet wildlife management policy.

Condition Description
Folding map. Original pictorial covers. Printed front and back.