By Justin Jones, Editorial Assistant
Mychal Murray and his Mideastern red deer stag.
This October subscriber Mychal Murray hunted red deer in Turkey
with guide Mete Babayigit of Caprinae Safaris (http://www.caprinae.com/
). He spent two days in the town of Nallihan in Central Anatolia, about two hours from Ankara. He writes:
"Caprinae contacted me a few weeks before this hunt because another client had cancelled and they had a tag available. I didn't really have time, just a long weekend, but I still couldn't pass up the opportunity. Guide Mete Babayigit and two other Caprinae people (including one of the owners) were there scouting for four days prior to my arrival and had located several mature stags, including one really big stag.
"On the first day Mete Babayigit and I drove to the hunting area and within five to 10 minutes of walking we could hear the stags roaring. We were going to try for the big stag first. One stag roared about a half-mile off and the bigger stag answered him from nearby our location. We hiked down a canyon and bumped into two females that we assumed the stag would be following. Sure enough, after a few minutes he stepped into view, only about 20-30 yards away, and I made a quick shot. This was a great animal, between 12-13 kilograms, bigger than the representative 10-11 kilogram stag I had been expecting.
"Mete Babayigit is a capable guide and speaks perfect English. The Caprinae crew did a great job on this hunt. It was almost over too quickly, but that is because the team put in the time and effort to scout beforehand. This could have been a physical hunt as this is a dense forest in steep terrain, but as it turned out, it was quite easy. Hearing the stags roaring up close was a great experience. I didn't get to look over a lot of animals, but my impression was that the deer were abundant.
The hotel in Nallihan was quite comfortable and close to the hunting, and I had no issues with travel. I have no reservations about recommending this hunt to fellow subscribers."
Postscript: Murray got a discount because of the last-minute booking of this hunt and his short stay, but he says that the normal cost of the hunt is $16,500. We emailed Caprinae to check availability, but did not hear back before press time.