The Latest On Hunting In Iran


Published: April - 2000

So, what is the latest on hunting in Iran? We haven't devoted a lot of time to staying current on this country because US citizens cannot hunt there now or bring their trophies back home. The reasons for the prohibition and all of the attendant details are available on the US Treasury Department's web site. If you're not Internet-ready, we'll be happy to mail or fax you a copy of the relevant pages. A stamped self-addressed envelope would be appreciated if you want the pages by mail.

At any rate, what occasions our mention of Iran is a very positive report on a hunt there we received last month from Danish subscriber Jens E. Perto. He writes: "Last week I returned from a very successful 10-day hunt in Iran, arranged by Iran Safari, led by Kamil & Reza Jafari. Before the revolution, Kamil Jafari was the proprietor of Iran Shikar Safaris, which hosted many American clients. He is a very ardent and successful big game hunter himself, as is his son Reza.

"All of my guides were knowledgeable and spoke some English. Although I had very limited time available, I succeeded in taking a Bezoar goat in the Alborz Mountains north of Tehran, an Armenian sheep in the northwest and a Transcaspian urial in the Koppeh Dagh Mountains in the northeast. The hunting areas were all first class, with hundreds of animals seen daily. Accommodations were not luxurious but of a very good standard, which will more than suit any true hunter. Food was good and plentiful - often with a barbecue arranged at lunch.

"The necessary gun permit(s), hunting licenses and preparations for obtaining a visa are all provided swiftly by Iran Safari, and the import of my rifle was only a matter of a brief inspection. The country is very calm and in most respects like any other fairly modern society. Alcoholic beverages are forbidden, of course, but you can get almost anything else, including Coca-Cola. Roads are very good here, and it is possible to travel long distances by car in a........(continued)

 
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