"I saw great numbers of ibex." Browne writes. "My hunt was in October. Late season hunts in November are colder, but more animals are available because snow pushes them lower."
We called Browne to dig deeper into this hunt opportunity and found that this was his second hunt with this same outfit in two years. He'd taken an ibex on the first hunt, then purchased the second hunt at an SCI auction to try for a larger one.
"This is an intense adventure in one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, but they'll do their best to tailor the hunt for your abilities. We hunted by horseback, basically riding for two to four hours, glassing and riding some more. Most of the hunting is at 10,000 to 13,000 feet, but I climbed to the top of a 14,000-foot mountain to get this ibex. It paid off. Normally you should be prepared for very long shots, but with these animals I had an easy 130-meter shot. I wasn't hunting them, but there were also large numbers of argali in the area. We rode our horses past skulls with 48-inch or better horns just lying on the ground.
"This outfitter takes very good care of you from the moment you step off the plane in Bishkek until you and your trophy are on the plane to go home. It's a 12-hour drive from Bishkek to the hard-side trailer-like camp in the mountains. The food is excellent. There's no running water, but they have a sauna in camp. They provide........(continued)