By Justin Jones, Assistant Editor
Kazakhstan left some outfitters and agents in a bind in 2017 when the Ministry of Agriculture made the decision to revoke hunting permits for the national parks, where much of the hunting for mid-Asian (Tian Shan) ibex takes place. When this news broke in June, a number of agents expected the decision to be reversed. Nonetheless, the parks closed to hunting and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Some hunters transferred their bookings to hunts in other countries, and others hunted different areas than originally planned.
Arjun Reddy of Hunters Networks (845-259-3628; www.huntersnetworks.com
) says that his clients in Kazakhstan had a banner year despite the closures, with his partners finding a suitable area ahead of the fall season. "Outfitters had to scramble to operate in new areas, but sometimes things work out for the best. Our partner scouted a new area called Tastau. Access is difficult, requiring a 15-hour car ride from Almaty, but the remote mountains have superb hunting....