China

NOTE: China is closed to hunting now. We have worked feverishly to assist in it being reopened. We keep being told it is going to reopen, and there are a very few select hunts going on, but not for blue sheep or other varieties of sheep/ibex. The information below is only to give you a idea of what is available and a approximate price range. These prices are from 2007. We have no idea what the current prices will be once reopened, but traditionally China was not nearly as costly as some other hunts in different countries. China is a sheep hunter's dream and we hope it will reopen very soon; we want to go back and hunt sheep!

China is one of our favorite destinations and is the major destination for Blue Sheep hunts. China has many different types of Sheep, many which are only found there. Unfortunately all but the Blue Sheep are non-importable to Americans at this time. Canadians, Europeans, Mexican nationals and others are able to take their trophies home with them.

The people and scenery are something every hunter should experience at least once in their hunting experiences. We have made several trips to China and Mongolia with groups of clients and have never had any troubles of any kind. We can arrange many sight seeing trips after your hunt such as: Great Wall, Terra Cotta warriors, Tiananmen Square, Ming's tomb, the Forbidden City, Panda Bear Research center and many others. Many wives go on these trips and love the sights and shopping in Beijing. We assist you from start to finish on your trip with all documents and permits, travel, etc.

Blue Sheep Hunt

Location 1: Dulan, Maduo, Qinghai
Location 2: Arkesai/Subei, Gansu
Altitude: 9,800-14,000 feet
Season: February 20-April 10, August 20-December 15
Hunt Cost - 4 Hunting Days, a total of 8 days trip, including one Blue Sheep trophy:
1 hunter: $7,900
2 Hunters (each): $6,900
3 Hunters or more (each): $5,900
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $550
Non-hunter: $1,490
Additional trophies:
Tibetan Gazelle (Procapra picticaudata): $1,500
Chaidamu Goitered Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa reginae): $1,900
2nd Blue Sheep: $2,500

Blue Sheep in Gansu -- Low Altitude
(Pseudois nayaur szechuanensis)

Location: Dongda Shan, Gansu
Altitude: 7,500-10,000m
Season: February 20- April 10, September 1- December 15
Hunt Cost - 4 Hunting Days, a total of 7 days trip, including one Blue Sheep trophy:
1 hunter: $7,900
2 Hunters (each): $6,900
3-4 Hunters or more (each): $5,900
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $550
Non-hunter: $1,490
Additional trophies:
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus kansuensis): $4,500
2nd Blue Sheep: $2,500

White Lipped Deer

(Cervus albirostris)

Location 1: Subei and Arkesai County, Gansu
Location 2: Dulan, Qinghai
Altitude: 9,800-14,000 feet
Season: September 20-November 15
Hunt Cost - 7 Hunting Days, a total of 12 days in Gansu/Qinghai:
1 Hunter: $7,700
2 Hunters or more (each): $6,900
Plus Trophy Fee: $6,500
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $550
Non-hunter: $1,790
Additional trophies:
Red deer (Cervus elaphus kansuensis): $4,500
Tibetan Gazelle (Procapra picticaudata): $1,500
Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur szechuanensis): $2,500
Goitered Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa hillieriana): (Subei area only) $1,500
Gansu Argali (Ovis ammon dalailamae) is available in the same area

Shaanxi Gold Takin
(Budorcas taxicolor bedfordi)

Altitude: 4,900-8,200 feet
Season: February 20-April 30, August 1-December 30
Hunt cost - 8 hunting days, a total of 12 days trip:
1 hunter: $13,000
2 hunters or more (each): $10,000
Plus Trophy Fee: $12,000
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $500
Non-hunter: 8 days minimum $180/day

Sichuan Gold Takin
(Budorcas taxicolor tibetana)

Altitude: 4,900-9,500 feet
Season: March 1-April 30, August 1-December 30
Hunt cost - 8 hunting days, a total of 12 days trip:
1 hunter: $13,000
2 hunters or more (each): $11,000
Plus Trophy Fee: $11,000
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transport and local accommodation: $500
Non-hunter: 8 days minimum $180/day
Additional trophies:
Chinese Samber (Cervus unicolor dejeani): $3,900
West Chinese Tufted Deer (Elaphus cephalophus cephalophus): $1,200
Chinese Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi): $1,200
Wild Boar (Sus scrofa): $800

Gansu Argali
(Ovis ammon dalailamae)

Location 1: Subei /Arkesai, Gansu
Location 2: Dulan, Qinghai
Altitude: 9,800-14,000 feet
Season: March 1-April 10, September 1-November 15
Hunt Cost - 8 Hunting Days, a total of 12 days trip:
1 Hunter: $12,000
2 Hunters or more (each): $10,000
Plus Trophy Fee: $9,500
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $550
Non-hunter: 8 days minimum $180/day
Additional trophies:
Tibetan Gazelle (Procapra picticaudata): $1,500
Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur szechuanensis): $2,500
Hillier Goitered Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa hillieriana): $1,500

Gobi Argali
(Ovis ammon darwini)

Location: Mazongshan, Gansu
Altitude: 4,000-6,800 feet
Season: March 1-April 10, September 1-November 15
Hunt Cost - 8 Hunting Days, a total of 12 days trip:
1 Hunter: $12,000
2 Hunters or more (each): $10,000
Plus Trophy Fee: $9,500
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $550
Non-hunter: 8 days minimum $230/day
Additional trophies:
Tibetan Gazelle (Procapra picticaudata): $1,500
Hillier Goitered Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa hillieriana): $1,500
Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur szechuanensis): $3,500
Gobi Ibex (Capra Ibex hagenbecki): $4,900

Sair Argali
(Ovis ammon sairensis)

Location: Burqin/Tuoli, Xinjiang
Season: March 1-April 10, September 10-December 15
Hunt Cost - 8 Hunting Days, a total of 12 days trip:
1 Hunter or more (each): $15,450
Plus Trophy Fee: $11,000
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $650
Non-hunter: 6 days minimum $230/day
Additional trophies:
Sair Gazelle (Gazella subgutturose sairensis): $1,500
Ibex (Capra ibex sibireca): $4,900

Littledale Argali
(Ovis ammon littledale)

Location: Hami, Xinjiang
Altitude: 8,200-11,000 feet
Season: March 1-April 25 (except deer), September 10-November 15
Hunt Cost - 8 Hunting Days, a total of 12 days trip:
1 Hunter or more (each): $15,450
Plus Trophy Fee: $11,000
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $650
Non-hunter: 8 days minimum $230/day
Additional trophies:
Yarkand Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa yarkandensis): $2,500
Ibex (Capra ibex alaiana): $4,900
Tian Shan Wapiti (Cervus elaphus songaricus): $6,000

Tian Shan Argali
(Ovis ammon karelini)

Season: March 10-April 20, September 10-December 15
Location 1: Arkesu, Xinjiang
Altitude: 2,600-3,900 feet
Location 2: Baryinguole, Xinjiang
Altitude: 11,100-15,000 feet
Hunt Cost - 8 Hunting Days, a total of 12 days trip:
1 Hunter or more (each): $15,450
Plus Trophy Fee: $11,000
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $650
Non-hunter: 6 days minimum $230/day
Additional trophies:
Yarkand Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa yarkandensis): $2,500
Ibex (Capra ibex alaiana): $4,900
Roe Deer (Capreolus pygargus bedfordi): $4,500
Tianshan Wapiti (Cervus elaphus songaricus): $6,000

Marco Polo Argali
(Ovis ammon poli)

Location: Pamir, Xinjiang
Altitude: 13,000-17,000 feet
Season: February 25-April 1, November 1-December 25
Hunt Cost - 8 Hunting Days, a total of 12 days trip:
1 Hunter or more (each): $15,300
Plus Trophy Fee: $13,700
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $700
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $750
Non-hunter: 8 days minimum $250/day

Tian Shan Ibex
(Capra ibex alaiana)

Location: Tian Shan, Xinjiang
Altitude: 11,000-16,000 feet
Season: March 15-April 20, September 10-November 15
Hunt Cost - 5 hunting days, a total of 9 days trip:
1 hunter: $7,500
2 hunters or more (each): $5,900
Plus Trophy Fee: $2,000
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $580
Non-hunter: 7 days minimum $230/day
Additional trophies:
Yarkand Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa yarkandensis): $2,500
Wild Boar (Sus scrofa): $600
Second Ibex: $4,000
Chukar Partridge (Alectoris Chukar): $30

Sichuan Forest Hunt

Location: Tianquan, Sichuan
Altitude: 4,900-8,200 feet
Season: September 25-November 30
Hunt Cost - 5 hunting days:
1 hunter: $5,950
2 hunters or more (each): $4,950
Plus Trophy Fees:
Chinese Samber: $2,700
West Chinese Tufted Deer: $1,200
Chinese Muntjac: $1,200
Wild Boar: $400
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $450
Non-hunter, 5 days minimum: $180/day

Adametzi Argali
(Ovis ammon adametzi)

Location: Kuluke, Xinjiang
Season: February 20-April 10, September 15-December 20
Altitude: 1,300-2,500m
Hunt Cost - 8 hunting days, a total of 12 days trip in Xinjiang:
1 hunter or more (each): $15,900
Trophy Fee: $14,000
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $600
Domestic travel and local accommodation: $650
Non-hunter: 8 days minimum, $230 per day

Hei-long-jiang Forest Hunt

Location: Tonghe County, Heilongjiang
Altitude: 600-1,600 feet
Season: September 20-December 15
Hunt Cost - 5 hunting days, a total of 7 days trip:
1 hunter: $4,950
Two hunters or more (each): $3,950
Plus Trophy Fee:
Manchurian Wapiti (Cervus elaphus xanthopygus): $1,800
Roe buck (Capreolus pygagus bedfordi): $1,200
Wild boar (Sus scrofa): $590 (Tusk 12 cm up), $300 (12cm less or female)
Wild pheasant: $15
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $380
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $650
Non-hunter: 7 days minimum $180/day

Hound Hunt in Hei-long-jiang

Location: Xiao-Xing-An-Ling Mountains, Heilongjiang
Altitude: 1,000-2,500 feet
Season: November 15-April 1
Hunt Cost: - 5 hunting days, a total of 7 days trip:
1 hunter: $3,950
2 hunters or more (each): $3,250
Plus Trophy Fee:
Manchurian Wapiti (Cervus elaphus xanthopygus): $1,800
Roe buck (Capreolus pygagus bedfordi): $1,200
Wild boar (Sus scrofa): $590 (Tuck 12 cm up), $300 (12cm less or female)
Lynx (Felis lynx): $1,900
Amur Moose (Alces alces cameloides): $4,800
(Extra) Wild pheasant: $30 (from 3rd trophy on)
(Extra) Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia): $50 (from 3rd trophy on
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $380
Domestic transportation and local accommodation: $650
Non-hunter: 7 days minimum $180/day

Waterbird Shooting

Grebe, Ducks & Goose Combination
3 Days/3 Nights (6 shoots) (2 hunters minimum per group): $1,690 each
Extra Days: $375 per day
Non-hunter: $780
Domestic transportation: $450
Dates: October 25 -March 20

Hunt package includes:
-License
-Gun permit
-In-field transportation
-Chinese local style meals
-Local house accommodations
-Bird boy
-Guide

Not included:
-Hotels and meals in Beijing
-Shells
-Tips

Dwarf Blue Sheep

Location: Batang, Sichuan
Altitude: 7,500-10,000 feet
Season: February 20-May 10, September 1-November 1
Hunt Cost - 8 hunting days, a total of 12 days trip:
1 hunter: $14,900
Plus Trophy Fee: $13,900
Domestic transportation and local accommodations: $450
Non-hunter: 8 days minimum $230/day

Blue Sheep/Gobi Ibex Combo

The Blue Sheep and Ibex are the most popular animals for sheep hunter. Normally the hunter must get one in one country then travel to another country for the next trophy. Here there is only 6-7 hours drive between 2 areas--avoid flights/train, hotels and customs. The trophy quality is first class.

Location: Dunhuang, Gansu
Altitude: 1,000-2,100m for Ibex, 2,700-3,500m for Blue Sheep
Season: February 20-April 10, August 20-December 15
Hunt Cost - 4+4 hunting days, a total of 11 days in Gansu:
1 hunter: $8,999
2 Hunters (each): $7,999
3 Hunters (each): $6,999
4 Hunters or more: $5,999
Plus Trophy Fee:
Blue Sheep: $1,950
Gobi Ibex: $1,950
Goitered Gazelle: $1,500
Tibetan Gazelle Trophy Fee: $1,500
2nd Blue Sheep Trophy Fee: $2,500
2nd Gobi Ibex: $4,500
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodations: $550
Non-hunter: $1,980

Tibet/Qinghai Plateau Combo

Location: Qinghai
Altitude: 9,800-14,000 feet
Season: September 20 - December 15
Hunt Cost - 10 hunting days, a total of 14 days trip in Qinghai:
1 hunter: $16,800
Plus Trophy Fee:
Gansu Argali (Ovis ammon dalailamae): $9500
White Lipped Deer (Cervus albirostris): $9,900
Blue Sheep (Pseudois nayaur szechuanensis): $2,500
Chaidamu Goitered Gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa reginae): $1,900
Tibetan Gazelle (Procapra picticaudata): $1,500
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus kansuensis): $4,500
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $600
Domestic transportation and local accommodations: $550
Non-hunter: $3,000

Himalayan Blue Sheep
(Pseudois nayaur nayaur)

Location: Pamir, Xinjiang
Altitude: 10,500-14,500 feet
Season: February 20-April 10, August 20-December 15
Hunt Cost - 6 hunting days, a total of 10 days trip:
1 hunter or more (each):
$8, 900
Plus Trophy Fee: $3,500
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodations: $650/person
Non-hunter: $1,890
Security charge (per rifle, per hunt): $150
Additional trophies:
Himalayan Ibex (Capra sibirica hemalayanus): $4,900

Helan Mountain Blue Sheep

Location: Helan Mountain, Ningxia
Altitude: 6,000-9,600 feet
Season: February 20-April 10, August 20-December 15
Length of Hunt: 4 hunting days, a total of 7 days trip

Though connected with Tibetan Plateau, Mongolian Plateau and Northeast China, Mt. Helan is already an isolated "forest island." Blue Sheep on Mt. Helan can be considered as an isolated population group because Mt. Helan is the east edge of Blue Sheep distribution. The unique geographic characteristics of Mt. Helan may be an important factor which makes Blue Sheep here an independent subspecies.

Hunt Cost (including 1 blue sheep trophy):
1 hunter: $8,900
2 hunters or more (each): $7,900
Extra hunting days (per day, per person): $500
Domestic transportation and local accommodations: $550/person
Non-hunter: $1,890
Security charge (per rifle, per hunt): $150
Additional trophies:
Alashan Wapiti (Cervus elaphus alashanicus): $4,500
2nd Blue Sheep: $2,500

While we can arrange hunts for Himalayan Blue Sheep and Ibex in Pakistan, our recommendation is in China and areas controlled by the Chinese government for safety issues and the ease of hunting in China. The price is more favorable in China as well. There is a good amount of travel involved in all of the hunts in China, but our partners are very experienced and you will be accompanied almost all of the way from start to finish during your trip.

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Nepal

Himalayan Blue Sheep Hunts
(Pseudois nayaur)

Time: March-April 30, October-November
Duration of Hunt: 15 days
Weather: 30 to 55 F, slight chance of snow and colder
Shooting range: Out to 500 yards
Altitude: Base camp @ 9,000 ft., hunt as high as 15,000 ft.

Price: USD $11,500 for 1 hunter
USD $9,500 each for 2 or more hunters
USD $175 per day non-hunters

Itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu, custom formalities
Day 2 - Kathmandu. custom formalities
Day 3 - Dhorpatan Hunting Camp
Day 4-7 - Dhorpatan Blue Sheep Hunting Period
Day 8-12 - Dhorpatan Second Hunting Period
Day 13 - Fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter
Day 14 - Kathmandu trophy export preparation
Day 15 - Departure from Kathmandu

Hunt package includes:
-Meet and greet at Kathmandu airport and firearm permits
-Trophy skinning & salting, packing of trophy
-Trophy Export from Nepal: One can take trophy with them after getting certificate from department of national park and animal health directorate
-We assist to provide all the documents before and after the hunt, before departure from Nepal
-Meet and greet at Kathmandu airport and firearm permits
-Assistance for all the documents before and after the hunt before departure from Nepal
-Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and drinks (tea, coffee)
-English-speaking professional hunting guide, local hunting guide & game scout
-Camping service with dorm tent, kitchen tent and dining tent
-Daily wages for trained cook, Sherpa staff and necessary porter crew
-Insurance & equipment for Nepalese crew

Not included:
-Visa and customs clearance, hunting license and permit fees (Sheep-USD $2,750) entry fees, trophy fees, necessary trophy export, registered fees & documentation
-International airfares
-Domestic helicopter from Kathmandu to Dhorpatan (USD $4,600 for single clients & US $3,400 each for 2 clients)
-Nepal requires US citizens to apply for a VISA
-Personal equipment, binocular, telescope and satellite phone service
-Meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
-Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu
-Trophy export cost by cargo or courier
-Consumption of bullet fees (payable in the end)
-Tipping
-Bar bills, alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and other beverages
-Tips for staff/crews
-Emergency medical and rescue/evacuation by Helicopter insurance cost
-Clients wishing to fly in by scheduled flights to the nearest town in the hunt area can do so and save on helicopter costs (Estimated USD $2,800 for single clients and $1,500 each for double clients with usage of helicopter from Pokhara)

Himalayan Tahr Hunts
(Hemitragus jemlahicus)

Time: November-April.
Duration of Hunt: 12/17 days
Weather: 30 to 55 F, slight chance of snow and colder
Shooting range: Out to 500 yards
Altitude: Base camp @ 9,000 ft., hunt as high as 15,000 ft.

Price: USD $8,000 for 1 hunter
USD $7,000 for 2 or more hunters
USD $175 per day non-hunters

Hunt package includes:
-Meet and greet at Kathmandu airport and firearm permits
-Trophy skinning & salting, packing of trophy
-Trophy export from Nepal: One can take trophy with them after getting certificate from department of national park and Animal health directorate.
-We assist to provide all the documents before and after the hunt before departure from Nepal.
-Assistance for all the documents before and after the hunt, before departure from Nepal
-Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and drinks (tea, coffee)
-English Speaking Professional hunting Guide, Local hunting Guide & Game Scout
-English-speaking professional hunting guide, local hunting guide & game scout
-Camping service with dorm tent, kitchen tent and dining tent
-Daily wages for trained cook, Sherpa staff and necessary porter crew
-Insurance & equipment for Nepalese crew

Not included:
-Visa and customs clearance, hunting license and permit fees (Tahr USD $2,750) entry fees,trophy fees, necessary trophy export, registered Fees & documentation
-International airfares
-Domestic helicopter from Katmandu to Dhorpatan (USD $4,600 for single clients & US $ 3,400 each for 2 clients)
-Nepal require US citizens to apply for a VISA
-Personal equipment, binocular, telescope and satellite phone service
-Meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
-Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu
-Trophy export cost by cargo or courier.
-Consumption of bullet fees (payable in the end)
-Tipping
-Bar bills, alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and other beverages
-Tips for staff/crews
-Emergency medical and rescue/evacuation by Helicopter insurance cost
-Clients wishing to fly in by scheduled flights to the nearest town in the hunt area can do so and save on helicopter costs (Estimated USD $2,800 for single clients and $1,500 each for double clients with usage of helicopter from Pokhara)

Himalayan Blue Sheep/Tahr Combination Hunts

Time: March-April, October-November
Duration of Hunt: 15-17 days
Weather: 30 to 55 F, slight chance of snow and colder
Shooting range: Out to 500 yards
Altitude: Base camp @ 9,000 ft., hunt as high as 15,000 ft.

Price: USD $16,500 for 1 hunter
USD $14,000 2 or more hunters
USD $175 per day for non-hunters

Itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu, custom formalities
Day 2 - Kathmandu, custom formalities
Day 3 - Dhorpatan Hunting Camp
Day 4-7 - Dhorpatan Blue Sheep Hunting Period
Day 8-12 - Dhorpatan Second Hunting Period (If you have double hunting permit of Blue Sheep and Himalayan Tahr, these days are for Himalayan Tahr hunting.) Overnight at Camp with full board
Day 13 - Fly back to Kathmandu by helicopter
Day 14 - Kathmandu trophy export preparation
Day 15 - Departure from Kathmandu

Hunt package includes:
-Meet and greet at Kathmandu airport and firearm permits
-Trophy skinning & salting, packing of trophy
-Trophy export from Nepal: One can take trophy with them after getting certificate from department of national park and Animal health directorate
-We assist to provide all the documents before and after the hunt before departure from Nepal. -Assistance for all the documents before and after the hunt, before departure from Nepal
-Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and drinks (tea, coffee)
-English-speaking professional hunting guide, local hunting guide & game scout
-Camping service with dorm tent, kitchen tent and dining tent
-Daily wages for trained cook, Sherpa staff and necessary porter crew
-Insurance & equipment for Nepalese crew

Not included:
-Nepalese Visa and customs clearance, hunting license and permit fees (Sheep-Tahr USD $3,800 per client.)
-Entry fees, trophy fees, necessary trophy export, registered fees & documentation
-International airfares
-Domestic helicopter from Kathmandu to Dhorpatan (USD $4,600 for single clients & US $3,400 each for 2 clients)
-Nepal require US citizens to apply for a VISA www.nepalembassyusa.org
-Personal equipment, binocular, telescope and satellite phone service.
-Meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
-Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu
-Trophy export cost by cargo or courier
-Consumption of bullet fees (payable in the end)
-Tipping
-Bar bills, alcoholic drinks, cold drinks and other beverages
-Tips for staff/crews
-Emergency medical and rescue/evacuation by Helicopter insurance cost
-Clients wishing to fly in by scheduled flights to the nearest town in the hunt area can do so and save on helicopter costs (Estimated USD $2,800 for single clients and $1,500 each for double clients with usage of helicopter from Pokhara)
NOTE: We recommend Qatar Airways or Korean Air for travel

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only protected hunting area in Nepal where licensed hunting is allowed. The reserve adjoins Myagdi and Baglung district, just below the Dhaulagiri Range in the west Nepal. Spreading over an area of 1,325 square kilometers, the reserve begins at 3,000 meters reaching as high as 7,000 meters. Trees like fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, juniper and spruce are available in the reserve.

One of the prime attractions for hunters is the blue sheep, which is abundant in the region. Hunters also get pheasant and partridge in viable populations for hunting. Other animals found here are leopard ghoral, serow, Himalayan thar, Himalayan black bear, barking deer, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur and mouse hare. Endangered animals in the reserve are musk deer, wolf red panda, cheer pheasant and danphe.

The gateway to the region is Beni Baglung district, midwest Nepal. The time to visit the reserve is from September to May.

For the trip official documentation arrangements involve many different government authorities and apply different fees - Department of National Park, Ministry of Forest Affair, District Administration Office Kathmandu, Department Of Customs, Concerned District Administration Office, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Animal Health of Directorate and local community. Besides this, game license fees, operation cost and facilitator must pay some contribution to conservation.

Import of rifles: Government of Nepal, Affairs of Home Ministry issues the firearm & ammunition license in application of facilitator. Qatar Airways or Korean Air are most convenient to travel with arms & ammunition in our experience.

Our arrangements: Our Sherpa team treks to the camp about 3-4 days in advance to scout extensively and takes the necessary gear for clients.

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Russia

Kamchatka Bear Hunt

We love this hunt, and hunting brown bears in general. We have a partner in our Asian programs and he is one of the most--if not the most--experienced outfitters/guides in all of Asia. He speaks excellent English, and has guided countless hunters for many species.

Nikolai Kohkhlov and Crossheart Outfitters have merged companies and we are now even more dominant in Asia than before. Nikolai will be present on all hunts, even with Bruce or one of our other guides. This merger and partnership has taken a lot of the stress and hassle off of us in regard to travel, permits and logistics among many other things.

We recently were able to guide Swarovski Optik, Remington Arms along with well known outdoor/gun writers Ron Spomer and Gordy Krahn of North American Hunting Club. Dean Capuano, Linda Powell (Mossberg), Ron Spomer and Gordy Krahn all took super brown bears and this hunt went off without a hitch. Until an airline resumes flights between Anchorage and Petropavlosk, hunters will have to fly through Moscow, possibly Tokyo.

While there are some tremendous trophy brown bears in Russia, the myth that there are tons of 10-footers and 11-footers dying of old age is just that, a myth. But there are lots of great bears in the 9+ foot range and plenty in the 10 foot, but hunters must know that a 9-footer is average. The biggest plus is the number of bears you will see in spring and fall. The hide of a spring Russian brown bear will be far more superior than most all Alaskan brown bears given the same time. Why this is, is anyone's guess. Alaskan bears run about 50-50 chance on being rubbed, while Russian bears are closer to 90% perfect.

The price for Russian brown bears is cheaper for the hunt. Travel and length to get there add up, but overall the experience and the trophy equal or surpass any other brown bear hunt. Our northern area is remote, lots of bears, less pressure and is expensive to reach, only by helicopter. We handle all rifle permits, export, VISAs, etc. There is no trouble with getting your trophy home.

Kamchatka peninsula is a habitat of a monster bear averaging in weight from 300 kilos to 500 kilos (up to 800-1200 pounds) or 3m (up to 10-11 ft) length. There is sufficient population of big bears and snow sheep in our Kamchatka areas.

In spring the hunt is conducted as stalk hunt and on snowmobiles either on the seacoast or in the interior. On the white snow, bears are easily seen from a far distance. In our areas sometimes during one hunting day hunters will see up to 10 bears. Spring bears have beautiful furred up hides.

In the fall, bears are found at “salmon" streams, where fish spawn. It is possible to see up to 15 bears or more a day. The hunt is done as stalk hunt or from boats. After hunt you can enjoy fishing of different kinds of Kamchatka salmon, swim in hot springs, see famous Kamchatka volcanoes from helicopter, visit the Valley of Geysers, try traditional Russian cuisine with red caviar, Kamchatka crabs and smoked salmon. There are EXPERIENCED GUIDES, interpreter, cook and helpers in camp.

You should be prepared for a minimum of 150-300 yard distance shot. Be prepared for long rides in sled on spring hunt.

Weather:
Spring: -5 to +10 C (+25 to +50 F)
Fall: August-September +10 to +20 C (+50 to +70 F)
October -5 to +10 C (+25 to +50 F)

When you finish your hunt you can visit the local museum of Koriak culture. We can arrange excursions around Moscow of your choice (the Kremlin, Red Square, Diamond Fund, the Bolshoy Theater, etc.). The hunt, for sure, will leave you unforgettable impressions for your whole life.

Price: $13,750 per hunter, Karaginsky region (including helicopter transportation to the camp and back)
$11,750 per hunter, Sobolevo region (including vehicle + snowmobile transportation to the camp and back)
Including all service Petropavlovsk/Petropavlovsk, on base 1 hunter-1 guide, transfer to the camp and one trophy bear

Hunt package includes:
-Airport service on arrival/depart in airports of Moscow and Kamchatka
-Auto transfers between airports, from airport to hotel and back in Moscow and Kamchatka
-Transfer to the camp and back
-Booking of air tickets and hotel rooms for the tour
-Snow mobiles, horses or motor boats during the hunt
-Guides, cook and helpers in hunting camp
-Interpreter
-All documents needed for a hunt
-Accommodation and meals in hunting camp
-1 Kamchatka brown bear trophy any size
-Field trophy preparation

Price for non-hunter: $6,300

Group: 4-8 hunters (2-5 in one camp)
Hunting area: Southern area: Elizovo, Milkovo, Central area: Ust-Kamchatsk, Sobolevo, Northern area: Karaginsky
Tour duration: 9 days (Petropavlovsk/Petropavlovsk), 7 hunting days
Hunting season: April 25-May 25, August 15-October 15
Accommodation: Hunting houses, tents with stoves
Transfer: Direct flight from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, then 7 hours by car +2 hours by helicopter (Karaginsky region) or 8 hours by car +6 hours by snowmobile in spring (Sobolevo region)

Additional costs:

 

Additional trophies:

 

Booking fee for 1 non-hunter

$180

2nd bear

$7,950

Hotel in Moscow, Petropavlovsk

$80-150

Giant Moose

$7,950

Additional hunting day for 1 hunter

$340

Caribou

$4,900

Additional hunting day for 1 non-hunter

$240

 

 

CITES for wolf

$280

 

 

Air tickets Moscow-Petropavlovsk-Moscow

from $1,100

 

 

NOTE: Wounded and lost animal to be considered killed animal and your hunt will be over.

Total price for hunt from/to Petropavlovsk:
(All inclusive except for airfare, hotels, meal in Petro & tips)

Tour price per hunter

$13,750/$11,750

Booking fee for 1 hunter

$250

Transit service in Petro

$490

CITES for bear

$280

International veterinary certificate

$110

Firearm permits

$400

  $15,280 Karaginsky region
All prices subject to change

$13,280 Sobolevo region

Itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrival in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka from Moscow, airport procedures, transfer to hunting camp
Days 2-8 - Hunt for bear
Day 9 - Transfer from the camp to Petropavlovsk, night in hotel
Day 10 - Flight from Petropavlovsk to Moscow

Kamchatka Snow Sheep Hunt

Of the 5 sub-species of snow sheep, the Kamchatka rams have the most stable populations, largest body size, longest horn length as well as the most massive horns. They also inhabit the same areas as the largest brown bears and best salmon fishing. Huge body size, massive bases, 35-42" lengths. Low altitude, gentle terrain. Seven out of the top 10 rams were taken by our clients!

This is a perfect combination hunt for snow sheep and brown bear. Only pay the trophy fee for the bear upon success.

Price: $16,650 per hunter including all service on hunt and one trophy of Kamchatka bighorn any size - No surcharge for gold medal trophies!!

Hunt package includes:
-Airport service in Moscow and Kamchatka airports
-Auto transfers in Moscow and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka from airport to hotel and back
-Transportation to the camp and back
-Booking of air tickets and hotel rooms for the tour
-Full service on hunt 1x1 guiding with additional camp helpers
-Guides, cook and helpers in the camp
-Interpreter - most any language you request
-All documents needed for this hunt
-Accommodation and meals in hunting camp
-1 Kamchatka snow sheep or bear of any size;
-Field trophy preparation and packing
NOTE: Wounded or lost game is considered a dead animal and the appropriate trophy fees are due

Price for non-hunter: $7,900

Group: 4-8 hunters (2-4 hunters in one camp)
Hunting area: South, central and northern part of Kamchatka peninsula
Areas: Elisovo, Sobolevo, Palana, Ust-Kamchatsk, Milkovo, Tigil and others
Tour duration: 14 days (Petropavlovsk/Petropavlovsk), 10 hunting days
Hunting season: August 15-October 15, best time August 20-September 10
Accommodation: Warm tents, generators, showers, sat phone
Transfer: Flight from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka, then 7-8 hours by car and 1-1/2 hours by helicopter.

Additional costs:

 

Additional trophies:

 

Booking fee for 1 non-hunter

$180

2nd snow sheep

$9,900

Firearm permits

$400

2nd bear

$7,950

Additional hunting day for 1 hunter

$440

Giant Moose

$7,950

Additional hunting day for 1 non-hunter

$360

Caribou

$4,900

CITES for bear,wolf

$280

Duck, fishing

no cost

Additional helicopter flight, 1 hour

$4,500

 

 

       

Total price for hunt from/to Petropavlovsk:
(All inclusive except for airfare, hotels, meal in Petro & tips)

Tour price per hunter

$16,650

Booking fee for 1 hunter

$250

Transit service

$490

International veterinary certificate

$110

Firearm permits

$400

  $17,900
All prices subject to change

 

Magadan/Coastal Region Sheep Hunt

There are three subspecies of snow sheep (Ovis nivicola) in the Magadan region--Okhotsk, Yakutia, and Kolyma snow sheep.

Kolyma Snow Sheep
(Ovis nivicola ssp)

This sheep is found only in the Magadan Region, and predominantly in the Kolyma mountain range. The eastern boundary is considered to be the large river valley west of the Koryak Mountains of the Koryak Autonomous Region. The northern boundary is considered to be the Chukotka Autonomous Region border. The western boundary is considered to be the border of Yakutia, from the Omolon River to the Kolyma River. The western boundary then follows the Kolyma River to the Trans-Siberian Highway. The southern boundary is considered to be the Trans-Siberian Highway, which begins in the city of Magadan. This actually runs in a northerly direction. For all practical purposes, the range of the Kolyma sheep is west of the Koryak Mountains down through the Kolyma range of mountains, which are east of the Kolyma River.

Hunt Cost - 13 Hunting Days: POR

Sea Coast Hunt
A marine launch along the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk from the mouth of the Siglan River to the Yama Islands, including the Piagin Peninsula.

Fish for several species of salmon including pink salmon, Coho salmon, chum salmon, sockeye, Dolly Varden, yellowmouth char, white-spotted char, Artic grayling and Lenok free of charge.

For more information on fishing trips, please contact us at bighorn@crossheartoutfitters.com.

Weather:
First half of May: Day temperature is approximately +22 to +45 F. Night temperatures are +22 to +12 F. Snowfalls are still possible.
August 1-31: Day temperatures are approximately +45 to +75 F. Night temperatures are +40 to +50 F. Rain is possible; wind is quite strong on mountaintops.
September 1-30: Day temperatures are approximately +40 to +60 F. Night temperatures are +28 to +40F.

Hunt package includes:
-Invitation for getting Russian visas
-Rifle and ammunition permits
-Transfer by helicopter, marine launch and other on-land means of transportation
-All export papers for trophies (CITES, Vet certificates, etc.)
-All licenses and permits necessary for the hunt
-Guide, interpreter, cooking services
-Trophy care
-Sight-seeing tours
-Accommodations and meals in the camp

Not included:
-Scheduled flights to Russia and back
-Accommodations and meals before and after hunt; $80 for hotel & $10-20 for dinner/day
-Special and private transfers
-Personal telephone calls
-Passport & visa expenses
-Transportation and accommodations for non-hunting companions; an additional $300 per day will be charged for non-hunting companions

Additional Trophies:
You will have an opportunity to take an additional trophy animal. In this case, the price for the additional trophy will be as follows:
Brown Bear: POR
Snow Sheep: POR

Okhotsk Snow Sheep
(Ovis nivicola alleni)

The majority of this subspecies are found in the Khabarovsk Region of Siberia. However, within the Magadan Region, the boundary is the southern route of the Trans-Siberian Highway, from the city of Magadan until it crosses the border of Yakutia. The boundary then goes south and follows the border of Yakutia. The area for the Okhotsk snow sheep in Magadan is relatively small.

Hunt Cost - 13 Hunting Days: POR

Yakutia Snow Sheep
(Ovis nivicola lydekkeri)

The majority of this subspecies are found in the Yakutia Region of Siberia. All the sheep located in the Yakutia Region are considered to be Yakutia snow sheep. Within the Magadan Region, the eastern boundary is the Kolyma River until it intersects with the southern route of the Trans-Siberian Highway. The boundary then runs westerly until the Trans-Siberian Highway intersects with the border of Yakutia.

Hunt Cost - 13 Hunting Days: POR

Giant Moose in Kamchatka

A unique chance to get to the world's end, where the east meets the west, this trip may become the most exciting adventure in your life!

From one hunt you can bring three unique trophies: Giant moose (60-75"), brown bear (8-10 ft.) - an average inhabitant of Kamchatka, and beautiful Kamchatka reindeer (caribou).

The largest moose in the world inhabits Kamchatka peninsula. The average weight of trophy moose horns varies from 30 to 40 kilos (75-100 pounds), their average length is 130-175 cm (51-69 in.). Hunt is done during the mating season on horseback, stalking and driving, from boats. You have to be prepared for 250-300-yard distance shot. The best dates are from September 20 to October 10 in the rut. At the end of November it is possible to hunt with snowmobile. The temperature during the hunting season:

Weather:
September: +10 to +20 C (+50 to +70 F)
October: -5 to +10 C (+25 to +50 F)
November: -20 to -10 C (-5 to +15 F)

You will need warm, waterproof clothes and boots.

In the perfectly equipped, comfortable camp with big warm, heated tents there are experienced guides and helpers. Separate tents set for dining room and kitchen, guides and helpers. Our English-speaking interpreter will see you from/to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka international airport.

After the hunt you can enjoy excellent fishing for different species of Kamchatka salmon, swim in natural hot springs, see famous Kamchatka Volcanoes from helicopter, try traditional Russian cuisine with red caviar, Kamchatka crabs and Kamchatka salmon.

You may want to stay for 1-2 days in Petropavlovsk to see local places of interest. (National Parks, the Valley of Geysers, Pacific Coast, Petropavlovsk Harbour) Flying via Moscow you will have opportunity to make city tours and visit a lot of interesting places. (The Kremlin, the Red Square, the Diamond Fund)

Price: $12,750 (Moose hunt - service & trophy)
$20,500 (Moose + Bear combo - service & two trophies) per hunter

Hunt package includes:
-Airport service in international and domestic airports of Moscow and Kamchatka
-Auto transfers in Moscow and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka from airport to hotel and back
-1x1guiding
-Booking of air tickets and hotel rooms for the tour
-Full service on the hunt
-Transfer to the camp and back
-Guides, a cook and helpers in the camp
-Interpreter
-All documents needed for the hunt
-Accommodation and meals in hunting camp
-1 Kamchatka moose (+bear on combo hunt) trophy any size
-Field trophy preparation and packing

Price for non-hunter: $6,300

Group: 4-6 hunters (2-4 in one camp)
Hunting season: September 1-December 10, Rut: September 20-October 10, November 25-December 15 on snowmobiles.
Hunting area: Milkovo, Ust-Kamchatsk and other regions of Kamchatka
Tour duration: 9 days (Petropavlovsk / Petropavlovsk), 7 hunting days
14 days (Petropavlovsk/Petropavlovsk), 12 hunting days on combination bear & moose hunt
Transfer: Flight from Europe to Moscow, then 9-hour nonstop flight from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka, then 6-9 hours by car and 6-7 hours by ATV or eventually 20-40 minutes by helicopter.
Accommodation: In Moscow and Petropavlovsk - in hotels, in double rooms with all facilities; in the hunting camp - in big warm tents with stoves, 2-3 hunters in one tent. Kitchen and dining room are in separate tents. Guides and helpers live in separate tents.

Optional costs:

 

Additional trophies:

 

Booking fee for 1 non-hunter

$180

2nd moose

$7,950

Hotel in Moscow, 1 night/per person

$80-120

Bear

$7,950

Additional hunting day for 1 hunter

$340

Wolf

$650

Additional hunting day for 1 non-hunter

$260

Fishing

no cost

CITES for wolf

$280

 

 

Air tickets Moscow-Petropavlovsk-Moscow
(Air ticket fees can fluctuate)

$1,100    

Additional helicopter flight, 1 hour

$4,500

 

 

       

Total price for hunt from/to Petropavlovsk:
(All inclusive except for airfare, hotels, meal in Petro & tips)

  Moose: Moose and bear combo:

Tour price per hunter

$12,750

$20,500

Booking fee for 1 hunter

$250

$250

Transit service in Petro

$490

$490
5 additional hunting days (2 week combo hunt)   $1,700

International veterinary certificate

$110

$110
Bear trophy fee   included
CITES for bear   $280
International veterinary certificate   $110

Firearm permits

$400

$400
  $14,000 $23,840
All prices subject to change

 

 

Itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrival in Petropavlovsk from Moscow, transfer to the camp
Days 2-8 - Hunt for moose (+7days for bear)
Day 9 - Transfer to Petropavlovsk, night in hotel
Day 10 - Flight from Petropavlovsk to Moscow, night in hotel (in Moscow), documents preparation for trophy import

NOTE: Wounded and lost animal to be considered killed animal.

Dagestan (East Caucasian) Tur Hunt

This is a mountain hunt for an excellent animal living in picturesque mountains of southern Russia or scenic Azerbaijan. A trophy of this wild sheep has to be included in your mountain collection!

The hunt is conducted at the altitude 1500m-3000m (4500-9000 ft.)

A hunter accompanied by the guides leaves the base camp for 2-3 days on horseback, setting up a tent camp in mountains, and stalks the animal on foot. The group may return to the base camp for one night to rest and go back to the tent camp again for a hunt.

There is a big population of animals and using horses makes it possible to get big trophies for older hunters and even those who are not as physically fit. Trophies can be up to 45 inches (105cm) in size.

Weather:
August-September: +10 to +20 C (+50 to +70 F)
October-November: -10 to +10 C (+15 to +50 F)
December: -10 to 0 C (+15 to +30 F)

There are experienced guides, an interpreter, a cook and helpers in camp. Beautiful mountains will leave you with unforgettable impressions for your whole life.

You will enjoy traditional Caucasus hospitality and local cuisine. You have the opportunity to visit folk museums, see interesting sights, learn local culture and traditions.

Price: $ 9,950 in Azerbaijan
$7,950 in Kabardino-Balkaria per hunter, including all service on the base, 1 hunter-1 guide and one trophy of Dagestan Tur

Hunt package includes:
-Airport service on arrival/depart in Baku (Nalchik)
-Auto transfers in Baku (Nalchik), from airport to hotel and return
-Booking of air tickets and hotel rooms for the tour
-Full service on hunt, on the base 1x1
-Jeep and horses during the hunt
-Guides, cook and helpers in camp
-Interpreter;
-All documents needed for a hunt
-1 Dagestan Tur trophy any size
-Accommodation and meals in hunting camp
-Field trophy preparation and packing
-Alcohol (limited quantity) and soft drinks

Price for non-hunter: $6,950 in Azerbaijan, $4,950 in Kabardino-Balkaria

Group: 3-8 hunters
Hunting season: August 1-December 10
Tour duration: 8 days (Moscow/Moscow), 5 hunting days
Hunting area: Russia (Kabardino-Balkaria), Azerbaijan
Transfer: From USA or Europe to Baku, Azerbaijan or from Moscow to Baku (Nalchik) 2 hours by plane, then 2-4 hours by car to the camp
Accommodation: In hunting house, tents

Additional costs:

 

Additional trophies:

 

Booking fee for 1 non-hunter

$180

2nd Dagestan Tur

$5,850

Hotel in Baku (Nalchik), 1 night/per person

$80-150

Bear

$5,000

Additional hunting day for 1 hunter

$340

Red deer any size

$7,900

Additional hunting day for 1 non-hunter

$240

Sika deer any size

$3,900

Air tickets Moscow-Baku (Nalchik)-Moscow

from $450

Wild boar: female/young

$400

    Male with tusks any size $950
    Roe deer $1,250
    Wolf, jackal $600
    Fox $150
    Females of all trophies (except wild boar and bear)

50% of trophy fee

NOTE: Wounded and lost animal to be considered killed animal.

If you want to get several trophies we advise you to increase the number of hunting days.

Total price for hunt:
(All inclusive except for airfare, hotels, meal in cities & tips)

  Azerbaijan Kabardino-Balkaria

Tour price per hunter

$9,950

$7,950

Booking fee for 1 hunter

$250

$250

International veterinary certificate

$110

$110

Car transfer to the camp $300 $200

Firearm permits

$400

$400

  $11,010 $8,910
All prices subject to change  

 

Itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow, airport procedures, transfer to hotel, overnight
Day 2 - Leaving Moscow for Baku (or Nalchik), transfer to hunting camp
Days 3-7 - Hunt
Day 8 - Return to Baku (Nalchik), flight to Moscow (or Europe) in the morning, transfer to international airport, flight home

Kuban Tur Hunt

Kuban Tur - an animal with nice horns, something between Dagestan Tur horns and Ibex horns.

Kuban Tur inhabits small area in the western part of Caucasus. This trophy will be a noticeable exhibit in any collection of mountain game. Horns have length 29 in. to 37 in. (70cm -95cm).

The hunt is conducted at an altitude of 1500m-3000m, as a driven hunt or stalk. From base camp you drive 4x4 up into the mountains about two hours, then ride horses to the hunting area about 4 hours. There you have fly camps. Helicopter transfer to hunting area is possible (saving a lot of time). Air temperature varies from -5 C at night to +15 С at daytime.

There are experienced guides, interpreter, cook and helpers in camp. When you finish your Kuban Tur hunt you can hunt Caucasus chamois. You also can spend some time swimming in Black Sea waters after the hunt.

The beautiful Caucasus Mountains will leave you with unforgettable memories. You will enjoy Caucasus hospitality and local cuisine. You can visit museums there and see some other places of interest, learn local culture and traditions. You can fly to Minvody with a direct flight from Turkey. If you prefer to fly via Moscow we can arrange sightseeing tours, you just need to choose places of interest. (the Kremlin, Red Square, Diamond Fund, the Bolshoy Theater, etc.) This trip may become the best hunting trip in your life.

Price: $9,950 per hunter, including all service Moscow/Moscow, on the base, 1 hunter-1 guide and one trophy of Kuban Tur

Hunt package includes:
-Airport service on arrival/depart in Moscow (international and national flights)
-Auto transfers in Moscow between airports, to hotel and return
-1 Kuban Tur trophy any size
-Booking of air tickets and hotel rooms for the tour
-Airport service on arrival/depart in Minvody
-Full service on the hunt, on the base 1x1
-Jeep and horses during the hunt
-Guides, cook and helpers in the camp
-Interpreter
-All documents needed for a hunt
-Accommodation and meals in hunting camp
-Field trophy preparation and packing

Price for non-hunter: $4,950

Group: 3-4 hunters
Hunting season: July-October
Hunting area: Krasnodar and Stavropol area
Tour duration: 7 days (from/to Minvody), 5 hunting days
Transfer: 2 hours from Moscow by plane to Minvody (Stavropol, Krasnodar), then 2-4 hours by car to the main camp. You can fly via Europe.
Accommodation: Hunting houses, tents

Additional costs:

 

Additional trophies:

 

Booking fee for 1 hunter (including Visa/gun import permit for Russia)

$250

2nd Kuban Tur

$5,900

Hotel in Moscow, Minvody 1 night/per person

$80-120

Bear

$6,000

Additional hunting day for 1 hunter

$350

Chamois

$3,300

Additional hunting day for 1 non-hunter

$300

 

 

Air tickets Moscow-Minvody-Moscow

$490

 

 

NOTE: Wounded and lost animal to be considered killed animal.

Total price from/to Minvody:
(All inclusive except for airfare, hotels, meal in cities & tips)

Tour price per hunter

$9,950

Booking fee for 1 hunter

$250
Gun permit $400

International veterinary certificate

$110
  $10,710
All prices subject to change  

Itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrival in Moscow, transfer to the domestic airport, leaving to Minvody, transfer to hunting camp
Days 2-6 - Hunt
Day 7 - Transfer from camp to Minvody, flight to Moscow, and transfer to international airport, flight home

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Kyrgyzstan

Marco Polo Sheep Hunt
(Ovis Ammon poli)

USFWS is again issuing a fair number of IMPORTATION permits for Ovis Ammon Poli from Kyrgyzstan now that their Government and Ministry of Environment is on top of the biological surveys and harvest reports that the USWFS requests yearly. We are booking hunts there as usual and we have great success here in our own exclusive area for Sheep and Ibex.

Permits are limited yearly and the earlier you book the better. Ibex hunting is not a problem. If you are serious about adding a huge Mid-Asian Ibex contact us now--we usually can do group specials.

A word of caution!!!! There are many hunters who dream of taking the most sought-after sheep trophy. Most always look to Tajikistan, once they see the price--which is forever going up--then they look to Kirgizia. There are many more outfitting or tour companies in Kyrgyzstan and a lot of would-be booking agents who correspond over the internet with someone they have never met, and even some American agent who has never been there, or established a long-term relationship with the person a great deal of distance away who is taking your money and putting your safety in his hands.

There are way cheaper hunts than ours, and in 99% of all cases, there are very poor hunting guides, no food, a lot of vodka flowing, lack of quality game and a lot of disorganization. Even worse are the results where some hunters find out they can't take their trophies home for lack of payment or the proper paper work is not done.

This is the reason why you should book with Crossheart Outfitters. We have almost 20 years experience in Asia and this part of the world and with an exclusive agreement with the government official who manages the two areas we hunt. We have a lot of control and pull there. I routinely see hunts being sold for the bare bones costs, costs that we pay for everything, so somewhere they are cutting corners, either in an area with almost no real trophy rams or equipment or riding piggyback on another outfit. Most are advertising great rams at 40+ inches, why even bother? We consistently average 50 inches and over, 55 is not out of the realm of expectations and even a few in the 60-inch range have been taken by our hunters.

Hunt is conducted in Tian Shan mountains (Kirgizia) at the altitude 3500-4000m (10,000 - 12,500 ft) Typical of these high lands is thin air and temperatures ranging from -10 to 0 C (+15 to +30 F) during the hunting season. Though good physical fitness of the hunter is preferable, a very big population of sheep as well as experienced guides allow for different ages and health conditions of hunters. There are guides, cook and helpers in camp.

Late October-November snow brings sheep lower for rut and food. Sometimes it is possible to see 50-500 sheep per day during this period.

Early in the morning a hunter with a guide and a driver leave base camp by Jeep or on horses, typically it is horses. On their way they make some stops and the guides thoroughly check over high desert polar mountainsides with binoculars. When they see a group of sheep they use a spotting scope to find a big ram in the group. Good guides can say how big the ram is from a far distance. If they find good one, they look for the best way to approach the ram considering many factors, and start approaching afterwards. You have to be prepared for up to a 300-400+ yard shot.

From Bishkek, capital of Kirgizia, they will take you to camp by Jeeps (about 10-12 hours). A slow ascent to mountains allows your body to adapt to the high altitude quickly and easily. We also have the option for those who may want to take a helicopter to get to the camp (2-2.5 hours from Bishkek to different camps), which is a unique chance to see Tian Shan Mountains.

Trophy sizes vary from 50-60 in. When you finish your Marco Polo sheep hunt you can continue to hunt for ibex.

You can fly directly to Bishkek from Frankfurt or Istanbul on different airlines, without stopping in Moscow. If you fly via Moscow we can offer you a very interesting sightseeing program in the city.

Price: $24,950 USD per hunter including all service Bishkek/Bishkek, on the base, 1 hunter-1 guide, and one trophy of Marco Polo

Hunt package includes:
-Airport service on arrival/depart in Bishkek (international and national flights)
-Auto transfer in Bishkek from airports to hotels and return
-Booking of air tickets and hotel rooms for the tour
-Transfer by car from Bishkek to hunting camp and back
-Full service on hunt, on the base 1x1
-Jeep and horse transfers on hunt
-Guides, cook and helpers in the camp
-Interpreter
-All documents needed for a hunt
-1 Marco Polo sheep trophy any size
-Accommodation and meals in hunting camp
-Field trophy preparation and packing

Base price for non-hunter: $6,900

Group: 2-4 hunters
Hunting season: September-November, February (Prime time: late October-beginning of November)
Tour duration: 14 days (Bishkek/Bishkek), 11 hunting days
Hunting area: Tian-Shan (Kirgizia), Narin, Aksai, Mudurum, Issyk-Kul Lake
Transfer: 4 hour flight from Moscow or direct flight from Frankfurt or Istanbul to Bishkek (Kirgizia), then 8-10 hr by car to one of the camps depending on the area. Or helicopter transfer by special order only is extra and may be shared between all hunters (2.5-3 hours to one direction)
Accommodation: Hunting houses, yurts and tents with heating

Additional costs:

 

Additional trophies:

 

Booking fee for 1 non-hunter

$180

2nd Marco Polo

$21,900

Invitation for Visa for Kirgizia

$100

Ibex

$4,900

CITES permit for wolf

$280

Wolf

$800

Hotel in travel or Bishkek, 1 night/per person

$80-$120

 

 

Airfare IstanbulMoscow-Bishkek-Istanbul

$690

 

 

NOTE: Wounded and lost animal to be considered killed animal.

Total price for hunt from/to Bishkek:
(All inclusive except for airfare & tips)

Tour price per hunter

$24,950

Booking fee

$250
Visa and gun import permit for Kirgizia $200
CITES permit for Marco Polo $280

International veterinary certificate

$110
  $25,790
All prices subject to change  

Itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrival in Bishkek, airport procedures, transfer to the camp.
Days 2-12 - Hunt
Day 13 - Transfer camp, Bishkek, hotel accommodation
Day 14 - Transfer to international airport, flight home

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Tajikistan

It is known there are around 6 hunting concessions in Tajikistan, with 3 operating areas and 3 outfitters. Of the 3 there are 2 that command the most import permits and have the best areas, of the 2 areas ours is the best, period. Many others "sub-lease" parts of an area or use the camps. We have used and hunted in all 3 with mixed results; most all hunters have taken rams. Many of the reports and complaints that are circulated in the hunting community are true for the most part. When booking your hunt, keep in mind a hunt in Asia for sheep will be nothing like a hunt in North America. Not everything goes according to plan; this is the biggest part of the hunt and adventure. We have chosen to work with one of the 3 outfitters, and we are the only and exclusive representative and partner in the US. If you choose another option that is fine, you will pay more and get less.

We also offer Markhor and Afghan Urial in Tajikistan. Our outfitter was the first to conduct sheep and ibex hunts in Tajikistan. He is a local, and unlike all other outfitters that hunt all over the ex-Republic of Russia, he hunts only in Tajikistan. All clients have successfully taken mature Marco Polo rams. All were exceptional trophies (many were over 60"). He has honed his exceptional guiding skills over 20+ years, and speaks English quite well.

The Hunt: The schedule is 14-16 days, with 10 days of hunting, and 1x1 guiding. The season runs from late August to mid-December, and late January to the end of March.

The first two days of the hunt schedule are generally spent acclimating at the base camp. The remote areas are accessed in the fall and early winter by vehicle or on horseback. Spike camps are used during the early fall hunts. The accommodations in the spike camps are in modern tents. There are two hunters per spike camp, and the hunters have their own tent. Hunters can typically expect to have stalking opportunities on mature rams each day of the hunt. A typical day of hunting begins by finding a location from which to glass. Once a ram you deem worthy is located, a stalk is planned, and the hunt is on!

Late October-November snow brings sheep lower for rut and food. Sometimes it is possible to see 50-500 sheep per day at this time. Though good physical fitness of the hunter is preferable, a very big population of sheep as well as experienced guides allow for different ages and health conditions of hunters. There are guides, doctor, cook and helpers in camp.

Weather:
August-September: +10 to +20 C (+50 to +80 F)
October-November: -15 to 0 C (+5 to +30 F)
December: 25 to -10 C (-15 to +15 F)

The Camps: We accommodate our clients in an abandoned Soviet Army outpost where you will have a private room, a dining room and kitchen. In your room there are beds (bring your sleeping bag). The building is heated by a coal stove and you will always have plenty of hot water. Another camp consists of several traditional felt yurts, each with a heater. At times spike camps are used with technical mountaineering tents. There is a shooting range set up just outside the base camp, making it easy to check the accuracy of your rifle. (The typical shooting distance on a Marco Polo and Ibex is between 150-350 yards with shots up to and over 400+)

The base camp at Lake Karakul is set at 12,800 feet, and hunting typically takes place between 12,000 to 16,000 feet. This high elevation means precautionary measures need to be taken. Diamox is commonly prescribed for exposure to high elevations, and it is highly recommended. (Ask your doctor.)

The food provided consists of a mixture of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, bread and nuts. Spring water, bottled mineral water, and lots of green tea are standard beverages. Russian UAZ 4x4 vehicles or similar are used for transportation during the hunt.

Travel: The schedule begins with a flight to Frankfurt, Germany, or clients may use Turkish Airlines, via Istanbul, which flies two 737s each week into Bishkek. Aeroflot, via New York and Moscow, also serves Bishkek. We recommend not going through Moscow. Travel is fairly routine, and can be arranged online or through your travel agent. We recommend Istanbul, Turkey or Frankfurt, Germany, as your best routes.

You are met there by our English-speaking representatives, and assisted through customs. From the airport, you have the option of doing some sightseeing, or going directly to the hotel. While in Moscow, our representatives will acquire the Kyrgyzstan (no longer needed for Americans) and Tajikistan Visas for you. These Visas typically cost about $160. The morning of the second or third day, hunters are transferred to the domestic airport for their flight to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The airline ticket from Frankfurt to Osh via Bishkek can be prepared by the outfitter at your cost which is approximately USD $700 and the flight takes about 4 hours. Once you arrive in Bishkek, you are again met in the airport by our English-speaking representatives. You will be assisted through customs, and will be transferred to the domestic airport for your flight to Osh, Kyrgyzstan. This flight costs approximately $200 round trip, and takes about 1 hour.

The actual hunt schedule begins in Osh, and all costs are covered from this point on. Our representative meets you at the airport, and then transfers you to the vehicles that will take you into the hunting camp. The area is remote, and for safety a convoy of two vehicles, 4-wheel drive Russian UAZ, or similar vehicle is always used. The route passes several small villages, Gulcha and Sary-Tash, before crossing Kyzyl Art Pass (4,280 meters), at the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The drive into camp takes approximately 9-12 hours.

Permits and Importation Procedures:
Like all Argali, the Marco Polo requires a USF&W import permit. Part of the hunt cost is used to purchase the Tajikistan hunting permit, and CITES export permit. When the Tajikistan Ministry issues an export permit in a hunter's name, their name is submitted to the USF&W Service for the issuance of the USF&W import permit. The hunter fills out the USF&W permit application with our assistance, and mails it to the USF&W Service office headquarters or we will hand deliver it. The permit currently costs $100 USD, but is subject to change by the USF&W Service. Once the full deposit amount is paid, your name is placed on a list in Tajikistan that covers your permit. The Tajik agency will forward the approval of your hunt. Once your application is approved by USFWS, names are cross -referenced from the list from the Tajikistan Ministry and if there are fewer applicants than permits available then your import permit is mailed. If there are more names than permits a draw is conducted. Once your name is on the list of successful applicants for the import permit or you receive it then we will move forward with making the needed preparations for your hunt. The balance of the hunt is to be paid a minimum of 90 days prior to hunt date.

With the USF&W import permit in hand, hunters usually bring their Marco Polo trophies home with them as excess baggage. The excess baggage fees vary from Kyrgyzstan making it impossible to estimate. The trophies are field prepared for the travel home; this includes fleshing, salting of capes, and boiling the skull after separating the horns. Typically all trophies are brought out in one large canvas game bag.

The services of an import broker may be necessary to clear the animals through the US customs. We notify the USF&W Service office 48 hours prior to your return, and an officer will likely be waiting for you at the customs area. (In the case of using a broker, the broker notifies USF&W) The services of a customs broker are very helpful if the trophies are not cleared for one reason or another by either US customs, USF&W Service or by the USDA. The cost varies from one broker to the next, and we can provide the phone numbers of brokers according to the port of entry. We will assist you with the services of the customs broker unless you have a preference with one you have used in the past and trust. We have used Flora and Fauna and ABX the most, and have had good results with both of them.

Hunters pay for the customs broker fees and will be required to sign a power of attorney for the broker. Broker fees for handling previous sheep trophies have varied from $400-600 USD. We personally recommend that a reputable customs broker be used, as it is easier for them to clear your trophy and ship head and hide to a certified USDA approved facility, and then sent to you or your taxidermist. Please check with your taxidermist for the facility he prefers, as this is where your trophy will be sent to after clearing customs.

Marco Polo Sheep
(Ovis ammon poli)

Price: $38,950 per hunter including all service Bishkek/Bishkek, on the base

Hunt package includes:
-Acquiring of invitation for hunter
-1 Marco Polo sheep trophy (any size)
-License for the main trophy
-Assistance of permits and papers for export from Tajikistan (including CITES)
-Assistance for documents for import of rifles into Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
-Assistance in obtaining Visas
-Airport pick-ups
-Guide, interpreter
-Accommodations in the base camps
-Transfer
-Full hunting service
-Field trophy care
-Booking of tickets and rooms at a hotel
-Meeting and clearing of customs (if needed) in Moscow, transportation to hotel and back to airport

Price for non-hunter: $7,900

Group: 2-6 hunters
Hunting season: August-December, January-March (November is best)
Tour duration: 14 days (Bishkek/Bishkek), 11 hunting days
Hunting area: Pamir (Tajikistan), Murgab area, Balankiik, Karakul Lake
Transfer: Arrival to Bishkek via London or Istanbul, Frankfurt or 4 hour flight from Moscow to Bishkek (Kirgizia), then 1-1/2 hour flight Bishkek to Osh and 8-10 hours. by car to one of the hunting camps (depending on area)
Accommodation: Hunting houses with heating, yurts, sauna

Not included:

 

Additional trophies:

 

Booking fee for 1 non-hunter

$180

2nd Marco Polo

$23,900

Motel in Frankfurt or Istanbul

$150

Ibex

$5,500

Visa support & border permit for Tajikistan $100

Wolf

$800

Visa support & border permit for Kirgizia $100    

CITES permit for wolf

$280

   

VIP room in Bishkek & Osh airport

$250

 

 

Moscow-Bishkek-Osh return (arrival/departure)

$400-700 (estimate)

 

 

       

Total price for hunt:

Tour price per hunter

$38,950

Booking fee

$250
Visa support, border permit & gun import permit for Tajikistan $200
Visa support, border permit & gun import permit for Kirgizia $200
CITES permit for Marco Polo $280

International veterinary certificate

$110
Air ticket Bishkek-Osh-Bishkek $250
  $40,240
All prices subject to change  

Afghan Urial Hunt

Urial hunts are organized in southwest Tajikistan close to Afghanistan border. The way of hunting is by is stalking in the mountains on an altitude of 5,000-6,000 ft.

Transfer to hunt by car, hunting on foot. You can make this hunt after you Marco Polo hunt in Tajikistan (long drive by car 1-2 days) and return to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, and fly home from there. You will enjoy traditional oriental hospitality, Asiatic cuisine and local traditions.

Weather:
November-December: +30 to +50 F
Strong winds may occur.

Price: $28,500 per hunter including all service in Tajikistan, on the base, 1 hunter-1 guide and one trophy of Afghan Urial

Hunt package includes:
-Airport service on arrival/depart in Dushanbe
-Auto transfers in Tajikistan
-Airport service in Dushanbe
-Full service on the hunt, on base 1x1
-Auto transfers from airport to hunting area and back
-Guides, cook and helpers in camp
-English-speaking interpreter
-All documents needed for a hunt
-Accommodation and meals in hunting camp
-1 Afgan Urial trophy any size
-Field trophy preparation
-Alcohol (limited quantity) and soft drinks

Price for non-hunter: $4,950

Group: 2-4 hunters
Hunting season: September-December
Hunting area: Tajikistan, Kuliab area
Tour duration: 9 days (Dushanbe/Dushanbe), 5 hunting days
Transfer: 6 hours driving from Dushanbe or 2 days from Marco Polo base camp
Accommodation: In hunting houses, tents.

Total price for hunt:

Tour price per hunter

$28,500

Booking fee

$250
Visa & gun import permit for Tajikistan $200
CITES permit for Afghan Urial $280

International veterinary certificate

$110
  $29,340
All prices subject to change  

Itinerary (from Marco Polo camp):
Days 1-2 - Car driving from Marco Polo camp to Afghan Urial area hunt
Days 3-7 - Hunt
Day 8 - Transfer from camp to Dushanbe, night in hotel
Day 9 - Flight home


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