Four Hunters Report On Blue Sheep And Tahr Hunts in Nepal


Published: September - 2011

Hunting in Nepal has received a lot of attention since we published J.Y. Jones' report on his blue sheep and Himalayan tahr hunt when hunting reopened there in 2008 (see Article ID 2068). In 2010, we reported on new opportunities opening there (see Article ID 2490), which we followed with a subscriber report from Jose Marti in June (Hunt Report ID 8135) and an article last month on yet another new area opening. We now have in hand four reports from subscribers Jan Prinsen, Armen Avedissian, Henry Davidian and Mark Hampton. All are on blue sheep hunts with Nepal Wildlife Adventure (011(from the US)-977-1-443-0861). Hampton booked direct, while the others booked through Safari Outfitters (www.safari1.com/). The first three hunters were met in Kathmandu by Shova and Prem Singh of NWA, who resolved some issues with gun-imports, hunting permits and licenses. From there, they flew to Dhorpatan by helicopter. Prinsen tells us, "My hunt was to be in the Seng region, which we reached by a six-day trek with 22 support personnel to assist us. I had insisted on this trek, which crossed passes over 4,000 meters high, to allow me to acclimatize better to the altitude, even though my wife and I both had been training very hard in preparation for this trip. We saw a lot of everyday life in the mountains of Nepal, it was worth every second! "Arriving in the Seng region, the guides went scouting for sheep. The third day of the hunt the guides and I climbed from 3,675 meters to 4,250 meters within two hours. From our glassing spot we found 11 male sheep, about 1,500 meters away. There were a few very good ones in the group, and it took us five hours to close the distance to 265 meters. I suspect we did more than 3,000 meters up and down and up again, and again!" Prinsen's ram did not drop immediately. He tells us the guides followed it for more than 200 meters and had to cape it on the spot were it fell. "They did a wonderful job in retrieving the animal!" In........(continued)
 
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