Many hunters are not aware that the US currently allows only about 40 Marco Polo trophies per country into the US (about 80 in all), and that the permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. If your agent does not know how to get you on the list (not just on the list, mind you, but near the top of it), you may well find yourself with a worthless hunt on your hands. In recent years, up to 60 people or more have lined up for as few as 40 permits.
A development this year that may muddy the water for would-be Marco Polo hunters is an announced plan by the Marco Polo range nations to double the number of hunting licenses to roughly 160 for both countries. That's going to mean there are a lot of "excess" hunting licenses floating around this year. To be sure, non-US hunters are not bound by the roughly 40-a-year US limitation, and many of the new licenses will be used by Europeans, Mexicans and others. Still, the number of licenses........(continued)