Trophy Stag and Ibex
Kazakhstan is the top destination in the world for maral stag, the largest elk in the world. Mid-Asian ibex here are also of extremely high quality
Mountain Hunting Experience
Hunting in Kazakhstan is a true adventure amid scenic peaks and spectacular mountain scenery
Affordable Asian Adventure
Hunts in Kazakhstan provide an affordable alternative to many higher-priced Asian mountain hunts while providing a truly unique cultural and wilderness experience
About hunting in Kazakhstan
With an area of more than 1 million square miles, Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country in the world. It’s located in the heart of central Asia, bordered by Russia on the north, China on the east, Kyrgystan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan on the south, and the Caspian Sea on the west. Mid-Asian ibex are the primary draw for the mountain hunter, and trophy quality here is excellent. Hunters also flock to Kazakhstan for the chance to hunt the Asian wapiti or maral stag, the largest elk in the world. Siberian roe deer (the largest variety of roe deer), wild boars, and wolves round out the huntable game. The country is also home to four types of argali sheep as well as transcaspian urial, but none of these are currently open to hunting. The population of maral stags in Kazakhstan is the highest in Eurasia. Eastern Kazakhstan is especially well known for outstanding trophies. The best time for maral stag hunting is during the roar. Ibex hunting in Kazakhstan is conducted in national parks, and there are two options. Altyn Emel National Park is located about 135 miles from the city of Almaty. While the mountains in this area are rugged, the elevation is not extreme and most hunting areas can be accessed by vehicle and on foot. Average trophy size ranges from 39 to 45 inches. Much higher in altitude are the Djungarian and Ili Alatau National Parks, located about 250 miles from Almaty. Hunting in this area is usually conducted on horseback, and average trophy size is larger than in Altyn Emel at 46 to 55 inches.
What you need to know
1. Planning your trip
2. Upon arrival
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
No visa is required for citizens of the United States for stays up to 15 days and, starting January 1, 2017, no visa is required for citizens of Canada who are visiting as tourists. For more information on visa requirements, go to https://kazakhstan.visahq.com.
Unless you speak Kazakh or Russian, you will need a translator to handle the details of entry and exit procedures from Kazakhstan, so be sure to arrange this with your outfitter. You should provide the details of the firearm you are bringing to your outfitter well in advance. After passing through immigration and collecting your baggage, you will be required to have your firearm checked and receive a temporary firearm permit, and this is not something you should attempt to handle on your own.
Hunts for ibex may occur at extreme altitude in very challenging terrain, and good physical condition is a must. Average shooting distance is from 200 to 400 yards, so rifles in the .300 magnum class are generally recommended, and hunters should be well-practiced and comfortable shooting at longer distances. Maral stag hunts take place in less extreme terrain, but also require a high level of fitness, similar to elk hunts in the United States. Combination hunts for both species are possible but usually require a change of location as the two species generally live in different areas
The mountains can get extremely cold and windy. Consult with your outfitter for recommendations on clothing and equipment that will stand up to the harsh conditions.
After the hunt
Your outfitter’s staff will need to coordinate with local operators and government agencies to obtain the necessary export permits; ibex trophies also require a certificate of origin in order to be imported into the United States. Trophies are usually shipped as soon as the proper documents are issued.
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