Sergey Kononov pulls his quarry from a river, a dead beaver, caught in a trap he set the day before.
His carefully fills out forms on the spot.
Beaver hunting is legal in Belarus, as the growing population of these aquatic mammals is proving problematic and they are causing damage to agriculture.
Hunting is restriction and hunters need to acquire a license to capture beavers, issued by the Belarussian society of hunters and fishermen.
Kononov makes his living from catching beavers and he is careful to follow the correct procedures.
When all the papers are signed and stamped by the 'Hunter and Fishermen Association', the skinning can begin.
A sharp knife, like the one Kononov uses, can skin a beaver in a coupe of minutes in a clean and professional manner.
On a typical day, a beaver hunter can catch up to two animals.
A lot depends on luck, but during one season Kononov can easily catch around 50 beavers and martens and earn a couple of thousand dollars for his work.
The marten fur is four times more valuable than the beaver one, as the prices for beavers have fallen dramatically.
" For a fur like this, I get 20 monetary units. What kind of price is that, when in the Soviet times the price was more than 100 Soviet rubles? A beaver hunter in Soviet times, after catching 40 beavers, could buy a new 'Zhiguli'. But now I have to catch 300 of them to buy a new 'Zhiguli', says Kononov.
A "monetary unit" is a euphemism for a US dollar. One Soviet ruble was officially 60 US cents.
A Zhiguli was a car made in Soviet Union, known as Lada outside of the USSR.
Nothing gets thrown away, and Kononov does his best to sell the beaver meat to gourmet restaurants.
"And the beaver itself, the meat of it, is being bought by owners of restaurants, and cooked to fussy gourmets. Well, they buy it for up to 4 euro ($5.4 US Dollars) per kilo", says the hunter
Although beavers are no longer in the IUCN Red Book of endangered species, the control of their population is still under tight grip of the authorities.
However, the hunter is hopeful the future can bring change in the legislature, which would mean more profit:
"It is, after all, a currency, a sort of soft gold. So, God bless, maybe something will soon change in the hunting legislation, and new laws will let us hunt more" he says.
Kononov estimates the beaver numbers to have fallen lately, but not to the critical levels they were in the nineties:
"Lately, the numbers of beavers have lessened. And for one simple reason - they have bred so quickly that they have eaten almost everything in the area, and they have nowhere to go, everything that they could - they have already sank under water. Let's say, if before there were around 70,000 of them here, then now, I think, there aren't more than 60,000 anymore", says the hunter.
According to the ministry of natural resources and environment protection of Belarus, the beaver population is now 80,000.
Earlier this year the beaver population was blamed for a number of attacks on people, including the death of a fisherman from wounds inflicted by a beaver.
There have been several cases of beavers turning aggressive when confronted by humans after wandering near homes, shops and schools throughout Belarus.
The large rodents can weigh up to 30 kilograms (about 65 pounds) and stand up to a metre (three feet) high on their hind legs.
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