A First-Hand Report On A Hunt In Pakistan


Published: June - 2003

I needed a Blanford urial to complete my international world slam of sheep, so I spoke with Kaan Karakaya of Shikar Safaris at the Safari Club International Convention in Reno this past February. He immediately told me he had a hunt available for this species in Pakistan in March. I initially balked at the idea and asked if it wasn't dangerous to travel there in light of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan and the developing conflict between the United States and Iraq. Karakaya assured me it was as safe as anywhere else in the world and that he just had a hunter return from there with no problems. I had him make the arrangements, and on March 11 I arrived at the airport in Karachi, Pakistan, where my guide and interpreter, Asad Aziz Kahn, picked me up for the 3½-hour ride to the hunt area.

We drove to what they called a hunting "compound" in Dureji, in the south of Baluchistan Province. This is up in the mountains; the area is very arid and has suffered a five-year drought. There was no grass, only shrubs, and it was terribly rocky and sandy. The compound, however, was as nice as any hotel I have ever stayed in. The rooms were enormous, with great beds, a comfortable couch and coffee table for lounging, plus baths with real marble. My room and my guide's room were in a separate building from the main house, which featured a living area and a dining room. There were three servants who waited on us. We ate our morning and evening meals here. Lunch was in the field. Dinners were made up of five different dishes, including chicken, lamb and goat. My guide gave me the traditional garb of Pakistani men to wear at each evening meal.

The compound was run by a wealthy Pakistani whose brother is a member of the Pakistani congress. He was the chairman of the Dureji Environmental and Wildlife Society and responsible for the wildlife management in this area. He ate dinner with us each night, and we pleasantly conversed about numerous........(continued)

 
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