Pakistan: On-Site Hunt Report


Published: May - 2001

I hunted Himalayan ibex in Pakistan in December 2000. I flew via Pakistan Airlines, to Islamabad and then to Skardu in the heart of the Karakoram Mountains. I arranged the hunt with Rana Moin of Shikar Pakistan Hunting Outfitters and also Richard Garstang of the World Wildlife Fund.

Moin did a wonderful job outfitting our expedition into the mountains. The hunt was out of the village of Hushe, near the K-2, K-7, and Nanga Parbat Mountain peaks. Hunting was between 10,000 and 13,000 feet. The guides here are skilled mountain climbers. Several of them have climbed K-2, K-7 and other Pakistan peaks, and one has climbed to within 1,200 feet of the Everest summit. Everyone speaks English. Another good thing about these hunts is that 75 percent of the trophy fees are paid to the local villagers, so they won't poach the ibex for food. A subsidiary benefit to the hunter is that when you are in the villages, everyone treats you with great hospitality and kindness.

As for my own hunt, there was a lot of snow on the ground at the time, and the weather was very cold. The ibex were at long range - 330 to 500 yards - because snow leopards were working the area during the night hours. In fact, we found leopard tracks in the snow following our tracks every day.

On the third day of my hunt, after a grueling climb with crampons (spiked plates on my shoes), I took a shot. The animal I hit, unfortunately, was an immature ibex. I had calculated the range to be about 300 yards, but it was considerably further because the shot dropped far below the target ram and hit a small ram.

I recommend this hunt to fellow subscribers. Though mine is a tiny trophy, it will always represent one of my great hunting adventures. I plan to go back to Pakistan again with a rangefinder and collect a larger ibex.

After the hunt, we had to drive back........(continued)

 
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