Where to hunt Yakutia Snow Sheep
Yakutia snow sheep is a variety of Asian snow sheep (their Latin name literally means “one that lives in the snows”) who inhabit inhabit the mountain ranges of the North-East of Russia. They are closely related to bighorn sheep (some researchers believe they are a subspecies). True to its name, Yakutia snow sheep are found in Yakutia-Sakha, the biggest member by territory of the Russian Federation.
Yakutia snow sheep hunts are priced from $10,000 and go up to $30,000. As a matter of fact, the most significant part of the cost of the trip is the helicopter chapter, so the price is greatly influenced by the number of hunters in the camp. The most expensive hunts are those that offer an opportunity to take two or three kinds of sheep during one hunt.
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When to hunt Yakutia Snow Sheep?
The snow sheep season in Yakutia is open from August 1 to November 30. The rams usually rut in December, but scheduling the hunt for the weeks of the season in the hope to get some early rut activity is risky: any random blizzard may ruin the hunt and/or delay your return. Most outfitters recommend the last two weeks of August and first two weeks of September.
Indigenous peoples of the North-East Siberia invented many ingenious ways to hunt snow sheep, including the use of specially trained hounds. The animals escape from wolves to high cliffs that canines can’t climb; the dogs hold them there until the hunter arrives. However, most trophy hunters prefer the classic spot-and-stalk hunts, where you can focus on a specific old animal, that is long past reproduction age, and enjoy the slow and emotion-filled approach until the mighty ram is in your sights.
Why hunt Yakutia Snow Sheep?
Yakutia is known as the coldest place in the Northern Hemisphere, the biggest source of prehistoric animal remains from the permafrost, gold fields, and a variety of amazing indigenous cultures. While the price may seem steep, it is relatively low as compared for hunts after Yakutia snow sheep’s American relatives, Stone and Dall sheep, although they inhabit the same environment and offer identical hunting experience. The thick, tightly curled horns of the snow sheep will make a lasting memory of the adventure.
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