Levin wakes up early, but he can't rouse his companions. So he resolves to go hunting by himself. He grabs his gun, and walks to the marshes.
He and Laska commune as the dog begins flushing snipe from the bushes. What follows is a long descriptive passage of the marshland and Laska's experience hunting with Levin.
A boy who sees Levin shooting in the marshes runs up and says there were ducks there the day before, a sign of approval that makes Levin so happy that he manages to shoot three snipe, one after another.