Hunting in Tajikistan

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17 hunting trips from 2 outfitters starting from $1,945

17 hunts
$1,945 starting from
4 animals
10761km to the nearest trip

Why Tajikistan

Hunting in Tajikistan: Marco Polo argali

Marco Polo argali

Tajikistan is the top destination for Marco Polo argali, the most sought-after wild sheep in the world

Hunting in Tajikistan: Mountain hunting adventure

Mountain hunting adventure

Hunting in Tajikistan is an unparalleled mountain hunting adventure amid the spectacularly scenic peaks of the Pamir Range

Hunting in Tajikistan: Ancient culture

Ancient culture

Tajikistan has a rich and ancient culture dating back to when it was the crossroads of Asia in the days of the Silk Road

Tajikistan on map

About hunting in Tajikistan

Tajikistan is a small, mountainous country located in Central Asia. Some 90 percent of its land area is covered by the soaring peaks of the Pamir Mountains, which rise to more than 24,000 feet and are home to the world’s most sought-after wild sheep, the Marco Polo argali. Tajikistan, with Kyrgystan, is one of just two countries in the world where these magnificent argali can be hunted. Because of the sheer difficulty of access and the remoteness of the terrain they inhabit, Marco Polo are very abundant here; hunters will likely see hundreds of sheep every day. Average horn length for Marco Polo sheep taken in Tajikistan ranges from 55 to 59 inches, but every year some sheep of 60 inches and larger are taken. In fact, the largest Marco Polo sheep ever recorded have come from Tajikistan, including the world record, taken by Hossein (Soudy) Golabchi, with horns of 71 7/8 x 73 inches. Hunters may also take Mid-Asian ibex and wild boar. Mid-Asian ibex trophy quality is very good, ranging between 42 and 50 inches. The Pamir Mountains are some of the most beautiful in the world and the terrain is wild, barren, and remote. There is nothing easy about a Marco Polo hunt: Base camps are located at 12,000 feet and hunting take place at 14,000 to 15,000 feet or even higher. Russian 4-wheel-drive jeeps are used to transport hunters to base camp over extremely rough and rugged roads.

What you need to know

  • 1. Planning your trip
  • 2. Upon arrival
  • 3. Hunting
  • 4. After the hunt

Planning your trip

Visas

A visa is required for citizens of most North American and European countries. A tourist visa valid for stays of up to 45 days can be obtained upon arrival at the Dushanbe International Airport and Khujand Airport; you can also obtain a single or multiple entry e-visa online for US $50 prior to arrival for a maximum stay of 45 days within 90 days by applying here: https://www.evisa.tj/index.evisa.html.

Upon arrival

Unless you speak Tajik or Russian, you will need a translator to handle the details of entry and exit procedures from Tajikistan, so be sure to arrange this with your outfitter. 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.

Hunting

Hunts for Marco Polo argali occur at extreme altitude in very challenging terrain, and good physical condition is a must. It’s crucial to check with a doctor before embarking on this hunt. Even the most experienced hunters may experience altitude sickness, and Diamox is usually recommended to prevent pulmonary edema.

Average shooting distance is from 400 to 500 yards, so rifles in the .300 magnum class are generally recommended, and hunters should be well-practiced and comfortable shooting at longer distances.

The high-altitude terrain can get extremely cold and windy. Since the climate is very dry, staying hydrated is a must. Consult with your outfitter for recommendations on clothing and equipment that will stand up to the harsh conditions.

After the hunt

Marco Polo argali are CITES-listed species, so CITES export permits are required; additional import permits for both argali and ibex are required by the United States and some other countries. Your outfitter’s staff will need to coordinate with local operators and government agencies to obtain licenses and the required CITES export permits. Trophies are usually shipped as soon as the export documents are issued.

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Wild boar Fall/Winter hunt

Wild boar Fall/Winter hunt Tajikistan

Tajikistan has become very famous for wild boar hunting. One can find really outstanding tuskers there. What surprises a lot is the pricing. Comparing with the other destinations, trophy hunting for wild boar tuskers here is like a birthday! Hunting is very effective, we guarantee the extraction of good trophies.

Trip duration: 7 - 9 days

Hunting season: 10 Sep 2020 20 Mar 2021

$1,965 for 1 hunter
Community-Based MARCO POLO

Community-Based MARCO POLO Tajikistan

Thanks to the conservation efforts by community-based conservancies, managed by local non-profits and small family enterprises and covering almost 1200 square miles (768,000 acres) populations of fascinating Marco Polo sheep, Asiatic ibex, Bukhara urial and most unique Bukhara markhor have been recovered to a level that allows for sport hunters to take unique trophies while supporting conservation (especially endangered snow leopard) and development of local rural communities!

Trip duration: 10 days

Hunting season: 15 Nov 2020 28 Feb 2021

$44,000 for 1 hunter
Community-Based MARCO POLO SHEEP

Community-Based MARCO POLO SHEEP Tajikistan

Thanks to the conservation efforts by community-based conservancies, managed by local non-profits and small family enterprises and covering almost 1200 square miles (768,000 acres) populations of fascinating Marco Polo sheep, Asiatic ibex, Bukhara urial and most unique Bukhara markhor have been recovered to a level that allows for sport hunters to take unique trophies while supporting conservation (especially endangered snow leopard) and development of local rural communities!

Trip duration: 10 days

Hunting season: 15 Nov 2020 28 Feb 2021

$44,000 for 1 hunter
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