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.
Punjab Urial Hunt Pakistan
The Punjab Urial can be found in Pakistan only. The average horn length of Punjab Urial is 24 – 30 inches (60 - 76 cm). The biggest trophies registered by the SCI Record book 32 inches for Punjab specie (right horn, scored 135 points).. Altitude: 600 - 1500 meters at this time of the year temperatures in the area will be 10 to 30°C. Therefore, the clients need to be well equipped with their outfits. A good quality sleeping bag is recommended.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 15 Dec 2020 1 Mar 2021
Punjab Urial Pakistan
The Wildlife of Pakistan truly represents the greater geographic and ecological diversity of the country. Various ecological zones, from tropical to alpine, support a great variety of wildlife species including mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects. Although wildlife is on decline in Pakistan due to various threats, mostly man made, yet some species have recovered miraculously due to endless conservation efforts. The Punjab Urial (Ovis orientalis vignei) is an endemic sub species to Pakistan and is protected under the Federal and all Provincial laws. It is known to have a restricted distribution range and is found only in the Salt and Kala Chitta Mountain ranges in the Punjab and is confined by a coniferous forest belt in the north, the Jhelum River in the east and south and Indus River in the west. The main threats to the Urial population include habitat degradation (timber, fuel wood) encroachments on protected forests, stealing of lambs, conflicts with the livestock because of competition for grazing. Illegal hunting of Urial has also been a major factor in the past for its decline. The hunting of Urial is, however, now more regulated. The primary objective of the trophy hunting program is the conservation of large mammals along with their habitats. This is achieved through a system which benefits local communities by providing incentives to conserve their wildlife resources.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Oct 2020 31 Mar 2021
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