Marco Polo Hunting Season In Tajikistan May Take Place After All


Published: August - 2010

After our downbeat report last month about Tajikistan and the stalled efforts to reopen hunting for Marco Polo this season, we received word that things may be moving forward again. It seems the President of Tajikistan has again announced that the 2010 hunting season will open on time this coming October. According to our sources, President Emomali Rahmon made the announcement while addressing an assembly of local leaders in the Gorno-Badakshan region of Tajikistan, which is the epicenter of Marco Polo hunting. Supposedly, he has ordered his staff to prepare the documentation required to reopen the season.

You may recall he made a similar announcement this past January, news of which spread like a wildfire among agents and clients at the Dallas Safari Club Convention. Then, nothing. No written declaration. No published management plan. No action at all to open the season. Word of this latest development first came to us from Bob Kern of The Hunting Consortium, who is optimistic that the opening will occur in time for clients to start hunting this coming October. He says that officials were ordered to write a new management plan for the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and that a draft had been completed in mid-July.

As we went to press on July 23, we checked with Senior Biologist Mike Carpenter, of the US Fish & Wildlife Service Division of Management Authority, who issues import permits for US hunters wanting to import a Marco Polo trophy. Carpenter had not received any communication from Tajikistan nor the sheep surveys or management plan necessary for him to make a non-detriment finding and issue import permits. However, he said he would be willing to accept the information from Tajikistan should they send it.

Here at The Hunting Report, we are cautiously advising hunters booked for this hunt to remain in standby mode a bit longer. The Tajiks will have to move very quickly now to get all the paperwork completed in order for hunters to begin hunting in October, especially hunters from the United States who must wait to........(continued)

 
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