Where to hunt Punjab Urial
The Punjab Urial (Ovis orientalis vignei) is a subspecies of urial, the Asian wild sheep. Its distribution is limited to an area in the Salt and Kala Chitta Mountain ranges, between the forest belt in the north, the Jhelum River in the east and south, and the Indus River in the west, in the province of Punjab in Pakistan.
Punjab Urial hunting is strictly limited, and the cost of the license includes the payments towards conservation programs meant to save the species. It involves travel to remote areas for quite a few days, which adds to the price as well. Overall offers for Punjab Urial hunting are priced around $30,000, give or take a few thousands.
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When to hunt Punjab Urial?
The season for Punjab urial hunting lasts from October to March. The Punjab urial habitat typically features warm climate, and the hunter may expect temperatures of up to +30 in the afternoon. Most experts recommend the second part of the season, when it would be colder, as it is believed that lower temps work better for urial hunting.
Punjab Urial hunting is everything what you expect from mountain hunting. An accurate rifle, good spotting scope and binoculars are essential, but even more important is to be ready to cover a lot of ground over hill and dale. The hunting is spot-and-stalk; it may start early in the morning as the hunter and guide(s) move out to be in promising places for spotting to glass the mountains for potential trophies, and end at dark, after many failed approaches to stalk the animal within range.
Why hunt Punjab Urial?
Punjab urial lives on a different continent, and hunted under different conditions, than Bighorn sheep, but the famous quote from Jack O’Connor holds true. An old ram “will lead the hunter into the most beautiful country he’s ever seen. He’ll wear him out, give him buck fever, and break his heart; but if the hunter is the type that’s susceptible to sheep fever he’ll never be completely happy hunting anything else.” Sustainable regulated hunting helped restore Punjab urial numbers, and you can hunt it knowing that the money you’ll pay to take out one old ram will contribute towards the future of the whole species.
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