Two Hunters Review Tajikistan Marco Polo Hunts with The Hunting Consortium


Published: February - 2013

We have two new hunt reports on Marco Polo this month from Tajikistan. Both hunts took place from the Hot Springs Camp in the Pamir Mountains in October and were booked through Bob Kern of The Hunting Consortium (540-955-0090). Both well-traveled and very experienced hunters give the camp and all services an across-the-board excellent rating.

The first report we received, Report 8918 in our online data base, is from subscriber Mark Wehinger who hunted for both Marco Polo sheep and mid-Asian ibex. "Game condition in this area was extremely good," Wehinger says. "The rams were good size, and there were vast quantities of sheep. The ibex were a little less plentiful, but the numbers were still good." On this hunt, Wehinger reports taking a Marco Polo ram with 54-inch horns and two ibex with horns measuring 105 and 108 cm (41.3 and 42.5 inches).

In a follow-up phone call Wehinger told us, "We had five hunters and five guides in camp. Three of the guides, including mine, Zaphir, spoke English very well. One guide struggled but was passable. One didn't have a clue, but there was also a translator in camp who could accompany this guide and his hunter, so everyone had what they needed."

"Given the remoteness of the location, the camp is nothing short of remarkable," Wehinger says. "The place was neat and clean with proper beds, proper toilets, hot showers, and good food, though I wasn't much interested in the food because I was suffering from altitude sickness."

"We did our hunting safari-style, driving until we spotted game and then stalking from there. Hunters should be prepared to shoot at 300 yards or much more. A good rifle and rangefinder are mandatory. The hunting sometimes took us up to at least 15,000 feet, though we also sometimes hunted down from camp. The scenery was spectacular, and this would have been a perfect hunt if I had only felt better. I was just exhausted most of the time. I'm a big guy, but very fit with........(continued)

 
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