Hunting Report subscriber Mark Hampton hunted in Iran just this past January (Report ID 8114), and brought several trophies back to the US. So, this is apparently no longer an issue for hunters from the US. Of course, hunters from other parts of the world are not affected by US trade restrictions with Iran.
Hampton says he was initially a bit apprehensive about traveling to Iran, and spoke directly with several hunters who had recently returned. Once there, he says his apprehension were unfounded. "I never felt uncomfortable," he says. "The people were nice, friendly and helpful." Hampton hunted with Ali Jafari of Iran Safari (email@example.com; www.iransafari.com) and took a red sheep, transcaspian urial and a desert ibex that made his 30th capra species, all with a handgun. (See photos in the online Trophy Gallery of our web site.) Hampton shoots a SP100 6.5 SWM (Winchester shortmag) and says his guides were so intrigued by it that they wanted him to show it to everyone they met. As for the hunting itself, Hampton says he saw well over 500 red sheep in one day of hunting near Tehran. He shot his ibex in one day and his urial in four days. He says the hunting requires lots of climbing and glassing and that one or two game wardens who know where to find the game accompany you. "They are........(continued)