Argali and Ibex Hunt Goes Wrong in Mongolia


Published: May - 2013

How many ways can a hunt go wrong in Mongolia for argali and ibex? Some of the controversies we air in these pages simply defy any attempt to summarize them to fit in our print edition. So much depends on the personalities involved and the precise details and timing of many events. That's why we always place all related materials with the original complaint and make it instantly available in our Email Extra database, and by fax or email to any subscriber who has not yet upgraded to Email Extra.

In one such controversy, subscriber Bob Cassell voices a number of complaints around a hunt in Mongolia for Gobi argali sheep and Altai ibex in 2011 (Report 9063). The hunt was booked through Kaan Karakaya of Shikar Safaris and conducted in the field by Odgiiv Galbadrakh, of Mongol Tours. [Editor Note: if you are seeking more background on these companies, both are well represented in our database; there are 34 reports on hunts conducted or arranged by Shikar Safaris, plus four subscriber reports and two articles on hunts conducted by Mongol Tours.]

Cassell's problems with the hunt began with the initial booking. It seems part of the hunt was originally scheduled to take place after the sheep season had closed. Cassell says Karakaya told him and his hunting partner that the season dates were going to be changed and then later, after he had their deposits, informed them they would have to change their hunt dates instead. Cassell refers to this as a "bait and switch" tactic used to get their booking, and it's clear that this was the first taint in an eventual case of very bad blood between him and the agent and outfitter.

Problems continued in the field where, Cassell admits, he missed several shots at ibex, but says his hunt was not given the extra attention he had contracted and paid extra for, and which previous hunters had received. He did end up taking two Altai ibex and a Gobi argali sheep he describes as only average, claiming his guide called........(continued)

 
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