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Central Asia

Central Asia is a very sought-after hunting destination that includes nations like Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan for example. These countries and their remote and rugged wilderness areas with access to remarkable trophy animals like the majestic Marco Polo sheep, Mid-Asian ibex or the Dagestan Tur are a true mountain hunters dream! In the extreme and demanding backcountry habitat these animals live in, all hunters will have to endure challenges in form of terrain as well as weather on their quest for and in order to achieve their dream of a true king of the mountain trophy!

Azerbaijan

Being the largest country in the Caucasus region of Eurasia and located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Azerbaijan is like most former Soviet republics an undeveloped country. Its friendly people and the breathtaking terrain as well as the remote hunting areas however make it a great destination for the designated mountain hunter offering truly challenging hunts for the Dagestan (Eastern) Tur. We hunt these majestic animals in various areas of the Caucasian mountains all approximately 300-350 km from your point of arrival, the city of Baku on the edge of the Caspian Sea. Our hunting camps are typically either cottage type stone or wooden houses or cabins for base camps and smaller tent camps higher up in the hunting areas. While base camps are located in alley bottoms and along rivers, our spike camps are strategically positioned directly in or in very close proximity to the Tur feeding grounds at between 7,000-10,000 feet. During summer, temperatures will vary between +10 to +30 Celsius, with frequently cold and sometimes rainy nights. Winters are mild with +10 to -5 Celsius at the lowest. Hunting the Dagestan Tur requires extensive hiking and camping out in our smaller spike camps with limited facilities and not much luxury, but the beauty of the wilderness around you and the knowledge of being right amongst your pray. One can expect to see bigger groups of Tur with up to about 30 animals on a daily bases, sometimes even larger herds consisting of 50-100 animals. Stalking is the preferred method of hunting with a lot of time spent glassing slopes and known feeding grounds as well as bedding areas. If weather and terrain permit, hunters might even set up in ambush during the day and wait for the Tur to come out onto the slopes close by to feed in the late afternoon and evening. We work with experienced guides & interpreters who know their areas very well and are extremely friendly, skilled and helpful. Our hunting season here starts at the beginning of June and lasts all the way through to mid-December. Prime time for stalking the Dagestan Tur are the months of July and August, but the later in the season you hunt, the better the cape on your trophy will be. Keep in mind though that the later in the year you plan your hunt, the harsher the weather conditions will be as well. Hunts normally take place between 7,000-9,000 feet, which is why almost nobody suffers from altitude sickness. However, good physical condition is a prerequisite for a successful Tur hunt. The Caucasian mountains you will be hunting in are famous for being some of the steepest and most dangerous mountains around. So make sure to come prepared as you embark on this hunt of a lifetime!

Kyrgyzstan

Located right in the heart of Central Asia where two massive Central Asian mountain systems, the Tian Shan and the Pamirs, meet, Kyrgyzstan as a country is almost completely mountainous. Over half of Kyrgyzstan lies at more than 8,000 feet and it is known for incredible natural beauty as well as remote and wild mountain ranges. Hunters will encounter breathtaking scenery such as glaciers, snowfields and rugged mountain peaks when pursuing their quest for Marco Polo argali and Mid-Asian ibex. The climate varies depending on the elevation, but most areas where our hunts are conducted have a high mountain and almost polar climate. Temperatures also differ greatly depending on what time of the season a hunt is conducted. The air is quite dry and one of the biggest challenges is to stay warm as well as to keep oneself hydrated. Our base camps are located between 10,000-12,000 feet with hunting taking place up to 14,000 feet. Most people do not encounter any problems with altitude sickness and we normally plan one whole day at base camp at the start of the hunt just so hunters can adjust to the altitude and thin air. But Marco Polo as well as ibex hunting is very physically demanding and hunters need to be somewhat experienced mountain hunters. Arriving in good physical condition and well prepared will help a lot as well. The terrain is not extremely rugged though, which enables us to reach base camps by vehicles and then hunting will be conducted from there using horses and on foot. This region does not only pose challenges in terms of high altitude terrain, but also temperatures can get extremely cold and windy. Weather at such altitudes, like on most mountain hunts, is rather unpredictable. Our guides & interpreters are reliable and experienced local people who supply all the necessary staff, equipment, camps and food as well as their immense knowledge of the hunting areas and animals. The hunting season runs from mid-August to end of November in the fall as well as from early January to the end of February. Most of our hunts take place in late October, November and January due to rutting periods and better sheep & ibex concentrations. The later in the season you hunt, the more unpredictable and colder the weather will be! Most hunts involve a lot of horseback riding and hiking in extreme terrain. Late season hunt will be guaranteed to have snow. Often hunters will come back to base camp at night, but venturing out further and staying in tents is an option for the more adventurous and ambitious hunters looking for really big sheep or ibex trophies. Spot and stalk is the preferred method of hunting and will involve a lot of glassing for game. Hunters can expect to see many animals on our Marco Polo and ibex hunts, including some larger groups of trophy sheep and ibex every day. All in all, the hunts we offer in Kyrgyzstan are a true mountain adventure with great chances of harvesting some magnificent Marco Polo sheep and Mid-Asian ibex trophies!

Due to our many years in the hunting industry as well as the outfitting and guiding business, JR Hunting has managed to establish a well-working network of friends and contacts throughout this region. If you are looking for a hunting adventure in any part of Central Asia, do not hesitate to let us know! At certain times of the season, we even offer accompanied trips to our destinations in this part of the world. So if you feel like you want to join us on a true wilderness adventure with a knowledgable and experienced english speaking guide at your side, please do not hesitate to contact us with your inquiries and we will be happy to assist you with planning your next extreme mountain hunt. Make sure to also check out our photo gallery with pictures from our various hunts in Central Asia!