Rodrigo Villareal (Report ID 8489) hunted in mid-November and reports taking a 40-inch mid-Asian ibex and lists the abundance of game as one of the highlights of the hunt. He hunted with Profi Hunt (011-7-495-980-02-702; www.profihunt.com), a company well-represented in our database, and booked his trip through Bernardo Garza's Xpediciones (BG@xpediciones.com; www.xpediciones.com). Villareal gives the outfitting and guiding across-the-board excellent ratings. The only problems he notes are communicating with guides who didn't speak English and dealing with the extreme cold. "If you book a November hunt, take two pairs of insulated boots and the best clothes for very cold weather," he says.
"The main camp and the food provided there exceeded all expectations," Villareal says. "Spike camp 1 was a truck with kitchen and two small beds with a little fire heater. Very comfortable. Spike camp 2 was a cave that we didn't get to use because, on our way there, on the very first morning of the first day of the hunt, we got our ibex.
"We never imagined that our spike camp was to be a cave; we were so excited to get going that we never asked questions. I would recommend writing down your questions and concerns about the safety and comfort of the spike camps and asking them before leaving to the spike camps. We got lucky because it was crazy cold that week."
Villareal gives the all-in cost of his hunt as $12,000, including $1,500 in unexpected last-minute baggage charges. Marcos Del Toro (Report ID 8413) calls his October Kyrgyzstan hunt "the hunt of a lifetime." He reports being "surrounded" by Marco Polo sheep and ibex and taking a 44-inch (112 cm) mid-Asian ibex while hunting with Igor Ackerberg (email@example.com), booked through A & R Consultants (907-338-3629; www.ibexman.com). Both the outfitter and the company are new to our database.