Marco Polo argali
Tajikistan is the top destination for Marco Polo argali, the most sought-after wild sheep in the world
Mountain hunting adventure
Hunting in Tajikistan is an unparalleled mountain hunting adventure amid the spectacularly scenic peaks of the Pamir Range
Tajikistan has a rich and ancient culture dating back to when it was the crossroads of Asia in the days of the Silk Road
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
4. After the hunt
Planning your trip
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.
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.
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 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!
Trip duration: 7 - 9 days
Trip available on: 1 September 2019 29 February 2020
Mid-Asian Ibex - best dates for 2019 Tajikistan
You will hunt in the middle of the Tajik Pamirs, “the roof of the world”, on the border of Tajik National Park. An experience you will never forget! Discover the breathtaking beauty of never-ending landscapes, high peaks and the traditional inhabitants of Tajikistan. Ibex are offered only in very limited numbers to avoid negative impact on the population which also serves as an important prey for the snow leopard. To ensure sustainable use and minimal impact on the population, we concentrate on old class animals at least over 8 years. Day 1-2: Arrival at the airport, transfer to the hunting territory, acclimatisation and setting up of the camp. Day 3-9: Dedicated to the hunt. Day 10-11: Transfer back to Dushanbe We are ready to tailor your hunt to your wishes. Flexibility in the number of hunting days as well as on species. If you are successful within the first days, we also offer the possibility to combine your trip with an unforgettable big tusker hunt, with no additional costs besides the shooting fee. Family and friends are very welcome. We would be delighted to organise special hiking tours and sightseeing programs for your family while you are on your chase. Just ask! for individual services & hunts.
Trip duration: 11 days
Trip available on: 15 November 2019 28 February 2020
Marmot hunt 3x3 Tajikistan
The long-tailed marmot (Marmota caudata) or golden marmot is a marmot species in the family Sciuridae. It occurs in mountainous regions of Central Asia at elevations from 3,200 to 4,850 m (10,500 to 15,910 ft). The long-tailed marmot is a large, sturdy rodent weighing up to 9 kg (20 lb). The eyes are close to the top of the rather-flattened head, the ears are small and the neck is short. The forelegs are longer than the hind legs and the tail is longer than in other species of marmot. The long-tailed marmot occurs in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, India and China. The long-tailed marmot is highly important prey for the grey wolf, the golden eagle, snow leopard prey and brown bear. In Eastern Pamirs of Tajikistan, marmots are almost the main prey species during the summer time for all big carnivores, which is why the conservation of marmots is highly important. The eradications of marmots from Mongolian steppe lead to catastrophic ecological disasters and loss of biodiversity and decreasing of flagship species populations, including most endangered bear species the Gobi Bear. Ironically, it is believed that prohibition of killing marmots will protect them, but in the real life, this does not work at all. Local communities hunt them for fat and meat. Livestock disturbs marmots and compete for the food resources and push them spend more time under the ground. Herder dogs killing dramatic number of marmots annually.
Trip duration: 3 days
Trip available on: 15 August 2019 30 September 2019
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