About Those New Pakistan Hunts For Nilgai, Deer, Blackbuck And Urial


Published: July - 2008

We told you there were some hiccups on those new hunts in Pakistan for nilgai, hog deer, blackbuck and urial. (See Article ID 2051.) The hunts are being operated by Karakorum Treks & Tours, booking agent The Hunting Consortium. Turns out Hunting Report subscriber Ed Yates was among the first hunters to check out these opportunities, hunting there for almost a month this past February/March. He has reported back with a number of observations and warnings that will interest anyone eyeing one of these hunts.

Yates says there were indeed a few hiccups on his trip, mostly on the hunts in the Punjab area. First, Yates says those hunts we told you about for hog deer, nilgai and blackbuck were not free-range as we had said. While the future hunts for these species are supposed to take place on unfenced estates, Yates' hunt was in a 2,000-acre fenced enclosure. That said, Yates describes the hunt as no slam dunk. He says the vegetation was extremely dense and that made the hunting difficult. Although he took an SCI book blackbuck and nilgai, he never even saw a hog deer. He says another Hunting Report subscriber, Larry Reynolds, hunted there also and was not able to take a nilgai. But the real problem Yates had in the Punjab was during his urial hunt in the Salt Mountains.

Yates says his urial hunting party on the first day consisted of 10 to 12 people for some unexplained reason, and six on the second day. Also, everyone had a cell phone, and they were constantly ringing. The only person who put his cell phone on vibrator was the translator. On top of that, no one was wearing hunting clothes or clothes of appropriate colors. Yates says they wore traditional garb in white and blue. When he pointed out the problem with this, he was told the sheep were accustomed to seeing people and it would not be a problem. Yates says the sheep may indeed be accustomed to seeing people, but they fled at the first sight of them. He says the........(continued)

 
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