Kantor reports taking a 56-inch Marco Polo sheep and a 50-inch Mid-Asian ibex on his hunt, saying that both species were abundant: "Lots of sheep near the main camp."
Kantor has high praise for both his outfitter and booking agent on this trip. "Three weeks before my departure, Dan Fredrick of Ameri-cana called and told me that Russia was no longer allowing the transport of firearms through their country. I'd chosen to route through Moscow because I'd never been there and wanted to spend a few days looking around. I had non-refundable tickets; otherwise, I could have booked my flight through Istanbul, instead.
"Frederick informed me that the camp had several good rifles and I could use one of them. I asked what I'd be using and inquired about the ammo and bullet weight: the answer came back a .300 Jarrett with a tactical scope shooting 165 grain Ballistic Tips. What a relief!
"The flight from Houston to Moscow went flawlessly, customs was a breeze, and my driver was waiting. Moscow reminded me of Paris busy and expensive! The flight to Bishkek and Osh also went without a hitch. The 200-mile road trip from Osh (3,000 feet elevation) to camp (13,000 feet) took 10 hours, including 1.5 hours to pass through Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan check points. I spent the next day resting, getting accustomed to the high elevation, and shot the Jarrett. It performed perfectly. By taking Diamox, not eating much, and abstaining from alcohol I felt fine the entire trip. But, due to the thin air, I did walk and think more slowly than I do while at home in Houston, altitude 50 feet.
"The next day we (the head guide Ozod, the assistant guide Risbek, the driver Junus, plus myself) left camp at 10 am to look for sheep. We........(continued)