MID-ASIAN IBEX HUNTING IN KYRGYZSTAN (TIEN SHAN MOUNTAINS)
The Mid-Asian Ibex hunt in Kyrgyzstan is excellently organized, with local guides who know the areas very well where these animals live. The guide will lead the hunter to the ibex which has been selected for its age and large trophy. Hunting will be conducted from horseback, walking and hiking. Each hunter has the right to hunt for five days.
Mid-Asian ibex Hunt
Hunting will be conducted from horseback, walking and hiking. The mountains of Kyrgyzstan are steep and rugged and will require some climbing and walking. Familiarity with horse riding will greatly help. The horses will transport you up into the base camp area where you will stay in tents. Hunting will consist of glassing the hillsides and upper edges of the mountains until the Ram of your choice is spotted. The stalk to the trophy is conducted on foot. Billie’s live in remote country in the 11,000-15,000 foot elevation range. The country is truly magnificent. The better condition you are in, the more you will enjoy your hunt. Base camp is located between 9,000 and 10,000 feet.
Tents and cabins will make up the majority of your hunting accommodation. Please bring your sleeping bag and thermarest mattress.
The weather in the Kyrgyzstan mountains is usually favorable and predictable. Always be prepared for sunshine (sun block), rain (rain gear) and snow (warm clothing). You should see many days of sunshine. Daytime temperature 35-45 Around November with lows of 25-30 F. Daytime temperatures are warmer in September and the beginning of October.
The Mid-Asian Ibex is the largest of the Ibex species. A Mid-Asian Ibex hunt In Kyrgyzstan is probably the best value in a big game Asian hunt. With horns up to 60 inches, the Mid-Asian Ibex is an impressive trophy.
Kyrgyzstan has many Ibex and the country is truly magnificent. In the right area you will see many Ibex in the 45-50 inch range.
Kyrgyzstan is a very friendly and hospitable country, ensuring you will have a very memorable adventure
The Mid-Asian Ibex counts towards both the Capra World Slam
Hunting Season is from September 1st – December 10th and March 1-30. The best time is from September 1st to October 1st
Both sexes have beards, although the male’s beard is more pronounced, and those of females are sometimes absent altogether. Both sexes also possess a large scent gland, about 3 cm (1.2 in) across, beneath the tail.
The female’s horns are relatively small, and grey-brown in colour, measuring an average of 27 cm (11 in) long. Those of fully-grown males are black and typically measure about 115 cm (45 in), although in extreme cases they can grow to 148 cm (58 in). Both sexes have circular rings around their horns that represent annual growth, but males also have large transverse ridges along the front surface.
The exact shape of the horns varies considerably between individuals.
The colouration is also variable, from dark brown to light tan, with some reddish individuals. There is usually a stripe of darker hair down the centre of the back and onto the tail, and some males have saddle-like patches on the back in the winter. The undersides are paler, and, in the winter, mature males becoming much darker with white patches. Females and infants are generally more bland in colour than the adult males, and do not always have the stripe down the back. Siberian ibexes typically moult between April and July, developing their paler summer coat, which continues to grow and become darker as the year progresses, reaching the full winter condition around December.