Punjab urial hunting was not affected by a blanket ban on hunting in the Punjab province of Pakistan this past season. We told you about the ban last October, but noted it was not clear whether the licensed trophy hunting programs were affected. Turns out the ban was not applied to trophy hunting for CITES species, which brings significant income to the local communities and funds conservation efforts there. The season for Punjab urial opened as usual, allowing Hunting Report subscriber John Pearson to be the first hunter in this year and take a magnificent 29-inch Punjab urial ram. Subscriber Bruce Keller was also among the first hunters this season, and he too took a Punjab urial, as well as a huge Sind ibex measuring 47½ inches and a 32½-inch Blandford urial. All of these are exceptional trophies.
Although no US hunters have gone for markhor yet this season (due to US Fish & Wildlife dragging its feet on issuing permits) a Norwegian hunter named Oyvind Christensen took the first Kashmir markhor of the year. Also an exceptional trophy, Christensen's markhor measures 47 inches. Christensen killed the markhor in Tushi, Chitral on January 2, 2009 after just two days of hunting. You can see a photograph of this special trophy in the Trophy Gallery section of our web site, along with photos of Keller's and Pearson's trophies. All of these hunts were conducted by Anchan Mirza of Karakurum Treks & Tours. He is represented in the United States by Bob Kern of The Hunting Consortium.