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Hunting in Kyrgyzstan

According to SCI, true Marco Polo exists in a small area in Kyrgyzstan and remainder of the country is occupied by Tian Shan argali.

Undoubtedly Marco Polo Argali is one of the most prestigious and desired trophies one can have in his trophy room. It is probably the most publicized Asian wild sheep species in the hunting world.

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Hunting in Kyrgyzstan

Naryn & Issyk Kul




OVERVIEW

Undoubtedly Marco Polo Argali is one of the most prestigious and desired trophies one can have in his trophy room. It is probably the most publicized Asian wild sheep species in the hunting world. Not only the animal itself but the surroundings which it lives in is also astonishing.

The population of Marco Polo Sheep is increased enormously in the last two decades and today its population is estimated around 30.000, distributed among the countries of Tajikistan, Kirgizia, Afghanistan and China. The latest official reports based on the field surveys carried out by the Kyrgyz game department show that the country is home to approximately 10.000 argali which is roughly equal to the Pamir population of the neighboring country Tajikistan. However the sheep here, unlike Tajikistan, is scattered across the country which makes the population look thinned out.

According to SCI, true Marco Polo exists in a small area in Kyrgyzstan and remainder of the country is occupied by Tian Shan argali. USFWS draws the boundary along the Naryn River and accepts any argali north of this line as Karelini, whereas the southern side is considered to be the Marco Polo country. However, Ovis club uses the Naryn River as the northern boundary for the Hume argali and Fergansky mountains as the southern stretch Although Kyrgyzstan has always been a major destinations for the argali species , in the same camp, within the same hunting period, Mid-Asian ibex can be hunted too combined with argali.. 





HOW TO ARRIVE

Bishkek is one of those neglected destinations by world’s most major airlines. Two of the prominent airline companies that have regular flights to Kyrgzystan are Turkish Airlines and Aeroflot. Turkish Airlines has daily non-stop flights from Istanbul to Bishkek, which gives a huge advantage of flying all the way through from the major US and European hubs. This way you can meet our PH at the Istanbul airport and be on the same flight to Bishkek.

Depending on the hunter’s wish, the hunting party can leave for the area right from the airport or can spend a night in Bishkek to get some rest. Base camps can be reached after 6 - 14 hour-drive on a highway half way through and on a dirt road for the rest.




AREAS, ALTITUDE, METHOD

Argali hunts take place at the altitude of 3500- 4500 meters and can be hunted on many mountains located between north and south of the country , at Isky Kull and Naryn regions. Although any Kyrgyz hunt involves extensive horse riding, good physical condition is as necessary as the ability of placing a precise shot even over long distances. To make the hunt easier, sure footed and sturdy Kyrgyz horses are used on these hunts and long hours are spent on horseback. Still on many occasions the last stalk is carried out on foot.




SEASON, WEATHER, ACCOMMODATION

The hunting season runs from August 15th thru the end of November and also from January to the end of February. However October and November are the best times to hunt argali although the weather conditions are tend to change for the worst in late season hunts and heavy snow fall may have a negative effect on the hunts.

Base camps provide all the necessary amenities along with very good cooking and are very comfortable. Almost all base camps in Kyrgyzistan are furnished with a sauna of some kind to ease the tiredness of a hard hunting day.




TROPHY TREATMENT AND SHIPMENT

The skin of the animal is carefully treated. Ears and lips are turned and salted and the scull is boiled and cleaned properly. Later, the trophy is carefully packed for shipment. After all papers are prepared which are necessary for the shipment, the shipment is sent to the address that is provided. Receiving the trophies could take a few months and shipment cost is around US $1,500/each animal depending on the address.




DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

A classic Marco Polo hunt requires 7- day-actual-hunting although a hunter in good shape with a little bit of luck can complete it in 3- 5- days. A tentative itinerary for this hunt could be as follows;

Day 01. Arrive in Bishkek, and transfer to hotel (overnight in Bishkek is optional).

Day 02. Drive to the area to ( 8 - 14 hours).

Day 03-09. Hunt Marco Polo ( up to 7 days)

Day 10. Drive back to Bishkek.




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