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Hunt Konya Sheep in Turkey

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Konya sheep in fact, is one of the two subspecies of mouflon that inhabits Turkey. While eastern population is classified as Ovis Gmelini Gmelini, known to hunters also as Armenian Sheep, and seasonably migrates between Iran and Eastern Anatolia; the other population which is totally isolated pocket of sheep listed as Ovis Gmelini Anatolica occupies the central part of the country.

Bozdag mountains used to be the only place where these species could be hunted until lately as it was the last refugee of these rare animals. However, thanks to Turkish game department’s reintroduction project in several different locations, Konya sheep is now available in free range areas as well.

The hunting ground for the fenced area, Bozdag mountains, lies around 1800-2000 meters (6000-6500’) and can easily be reached from Konya with a short car ride of 45 minutes. Some glassing and driving is involved until a ram that bears desirable horn length is spotted. Hunters can be accommodated in a five star hotel in city if desired. Proposed duration for the Konya sheep hunts are two days only.

Free range area is located about two hours drive west of Ankara, the capitol that accommodates one of the biggest international airports in Turkey. Bordering a big dam on one side, the area offers everything that Konya mouflon needs for its survival. These sheep adopted to their ex habitat so well that their population reached to a healthy, huntable number in just a few years. The lodging is provided in a three star hotel only fifteen minutes away from the reserve. This hunt can also be combined with Mid Eastern red deer in the same area.

The season for Konya sheep hunt starts by early September and runs through the end of January. Since the animals are hunted in isolated terrain and have no place to go, hunts can be carried out successfully any time within the season.

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