I left Los Angeles on January 1, 2007 and after a stop in Germany, I arrived in Tehran on January 3, 2007. The immigration and customs process was quite efficient. I did not have to wait long at all for my baggage. Since one of the guidelines I received from the Hunting Report was that US law prohibited me from taking my own rifle to Iran, I arranged with my outfitter, Mr. Mohammad Najmedin of World Nature Explorer, the use of a loaner gun. The loaner gun turned out to be a very nice Holland and Holland 270 Winchester with a good German scope on it.
I spent my first day sightseeing in Tehran and securing my rifle, license and tags. The next day I met my guides, Col. Yousefee and Capt. Rezaee. Along with their assistant Saeed, we piled into two SUVs (a Toyota Land Cruiser and a Jeep Cherokee) and headed toward my first hunting destination, the Khosh Yelagh Reserve. The game sought there was a urial sheep.
We spent the first night in the main Fish and Game ranger station, and early the next day we drove to the reserve. We saw a couple of sheep herds, mostly ewes and lambs with young rams. We also saw some decent rams that we made some short stalks on but decided to pass on as it was the first day of a three-day hunt. We spent another night in another ranger station with some good homemade food and local folkloric music and poems.
The second day of hunting we went in another direction where there was enough snowfall that we got stuck.........(continued)