If you're looking for a maral stag hunt, check out what's on tap in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan. Sergio Dimitrijevic of Safari International tells us he hunts Ily National Park and other areas in the eastern end of the country, which he says produces the best maral stag trophies in the world. He says a new world record was taken there only two years ago. That stag's antlers weighed more than 18 kilograms. Typical trophies, says Dimitrijevic, weigh in at 10 kilograms, but a dedicated hunter can take a stag from 13 to 14 kilograms. Hunts are conducted 1 x 1 with local guides on foot or by horseback. The terrain is hilly and is also home to Siberian ibex, which can be hunted as well. The season runs from September through December.
The cost is $11,500 for a 14-day trip with 11 days of hunting and includes one stag of any size. You can add an ibex and extend the trip to 17 days with 14 hunting days for $19,500. Just an ibex hunt is $7,800 and is 11 days with eight hunting days. Accommodations on this hunt are in a tent camp. Again, an interpreter remains in the camp. Hunters fly into the city of Almaty and are transferred to the hunt area by 4wd vehicle. A hotel stay on each end of the hunt is necessary. Extra hunt days can be arranged for an additional fee.