Hunter Reviews Blue Sheep Hunting With Nepal Wildlife Safari


Published: June - 2011

Subscriber Jose Marti of Spain has filed a thoughtful report about a blue sheep hunt in Nepal this past March. He writes, "I booked this hunt through Renaud Desgrees of Paris-based Seladang. The outfitter was Nepal Wildlife Safari, a company owned by the Thapa brothers, Raju and Ahmed. In Nepal, hunting is in Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, a 1,325-square-kilometer area located in West Nepal in the Dhaulagiri Range (which climbs to 8,167 meters or almost 27,000 feet). The Reserve is divided into six hunting blocks, and I hunted in the Seng and Sundaha blocks.

"These areas are full of blue sheep, but only blue sheep. If you want to hunt tahr, you must move to another area. Muntjac also must be sought in other areas due to heavy pressure on them by the local hunters and poachers using dogs that too often become feral and hunt for themselves.

"For this trip I recommend taking a helicopter into the hunting area. It is very expensive, but it will save you six trekking days. Some people have been told to trek these six days to get used to the altitude. Sorry, but that is not true. Altitude problems can begin at 3,500 meters (11,500 feet). In my case it's 4,500 meters (14,800 feet). These six days of trekking only take you from 1,500 to 3,500 meters. That is to say, you walk (and presumably get in shape), but you do not get any acclimatization to the higher altitudes. In fact, I met a Dutch couple that had done this trek, and the poor guy had to be evacuated the second day he went over 4,000 meters.

"Another bit of advice is to avoid arrival on Saturday, a local holiday. You will have to wait until the next day to do anything. Also, allow an extra day in case your gun permit is delayed. I lost two days because the permits must be granted and signed by three different ministries.

"The helicopter dropped me on a hill at 2,800 meters........(continued)

 
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