MARCO POLO SHEEP HUNTING IN KYRGYZSTAN
Kyrgyzstan is a good destination for the hunters who are looking for hunting all subspecies of Argali. Grand Slam Ibex offers the opportunity to hunt all the Argali, Marco Polo Sheep and Hume Argali. Most Kyrgyzstan hunting trips are done on horseback.
Marco Polo Hunt
Most Kyrgyzstan hunting trips are done on horseback due to the immense amount of country that to be covered to hunt the animals successfully. Expect extensive horseback riding and considerable walking. Ride before you go on this hunt. Spike camp is set up with the specific goal of hunting a particular animal or area. Sheep are generally located in remote country at 12000 feet / 4000 m. Once the trophy is located you complete your stalk on foot. Physical condition is an important factor for stalking the trophy during the hunt. Long range shooting, up to 500 yards/m is normal.
Marco Polo Hunting in Kyrgyzstan
During daylight hours in October the temperature is from 45 to 57°F / 5-15°C and at night 14 to 23°F / -5 -10°C. In November the temperature is from 5-14°F/ -10 -15°C and at nighttime from – 4 to + 5°F/ -15 -20°C. Hunters can expect hard frost in the mornings, wind, and sometimes deep snow in November.
Kyrgyzstan is a good destination for the hunters who are looking for all subspecies of Argali.
Average size of Hume Argali is 48-51 inches with occasional 60inches trophy taken. It is an unforgettable adventure to hunt at 12000 feet on a horseback, when you are surrounded by a beautiful alpine panorama.
How to get there
The most convenient way to get to Bishkek is to use Turkish Airlines flying via Istanbul, Turkey. Our crew meets you at the airport, assists you through customs and takes to hotel. Then we take you to a restaurant for breakfast. After that you go by car to the hunting camp. Drive to the camp takes around 10 -11 hours.
The season is from September 1 to December 1, February 1 to March 1 with the best time from October 15 to November 15.
Camps are located at 11000 feet in Kyrgyzstan. They are traditional Asian yurts and wooden structures. They are warm, clean and comfortable with separate areas for dining, bathing and sleeping, they have electrical generation. Every camp is equipped with a satellite-phone or radio station, and has first-aid kit. You will find good food and qualitative service.
Marco Polo Sheep
The Marco Polo sheep (Ovis ammon polii) is a subspecies of argali sheep, named after Marco Polo. Their habitat is the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Marco Polo sheep are distinguishable mostly by their large size and spiraling horns. Their conservation status is “near threatened” and efforts have been made to protect their numbers and keep them from commercial hunting. It has also been suggested that crossing them with domestic sheep could have agricultural benefits. It is the national animal of Afghanistan.Ovis ammon sheep are colored a dark brown, with white underparts; the two different sections are separated by a dark band of hair. There is a white patch on the rump as well, which is not so clearly defined on most subspecies except O. a. polii As winter approaches, the white hair on males grows longer, until it becomes a prominent ruff, although on O. a. polii the ruff stands out less than other subspecies. Females’ coats are lighter than the males’, and do not have such a drastic seasonal change. The Marco Polo sheep’s face is lighter colored than the body.