Guides with a Gobi ibex taken by subscriber Bill Routt's son in August.
By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Bill Routt (a pseudonym chosen by our subscriber, who wished to remain anonymous) filed an upbeat report on a 10-day hunt for Gobi and Altai ibex in Mongolia this Aug. with outfitter Ariunbold "Ari" Anand of Natural Inn (formerly Amazing Steppes). Amy Martin Shaffer of ProHunt Concierge (970-629-5086; www.prohuntconcierge.com
) arranged the hunt for Routt and his son. In Report 10972
, Routt says both hunters took trophy ibex and had time left over to hunt Mongolian gazelle.
"My son and I were able to do most of our hunting together on our first international hunt," writes Routt. "We saw numerous ibex in both the Altai and Gobi regions every day. We concluded our Altai hunt in three days and our Gobi hunt in two. We had many chances to shoot, but with guide Ari's help we took our time to select better trophies. Given the number of animals, stalks had to be planned and executed with care through the mountainous, rocky terrain. We were able to get shots between 100 and 300 yards and took our four ibex with four shots. Our Gobi ibex were especially large for the subspecies, both measuring about 40 inches.
"Ari is an outstanding guide and runs a great camp with professional drivers, cooks and experienced local guides. Our cook took care to serve well-prepared, balanced meals with vegetables, meat, and often fruit....