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Report ID: 10566 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: June 16, 2016 to June 25, 2016
Place of Hunt: Azerbaijan -
Hunt Area:

Outfitter (or safari company): Mirbala Manafov; Extreme Mountain Hunts. H.Aliyev Ave, Block 20th, ; Bldg.20/29, Apt.18; SUMQAYIT AZ5000; AZERBAIJAN REPUBLIC; Tel. +99450) 375 52 36 ; Email:; Web
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:

Major Game Animals Taken: Tur, Dagestan Eastern - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Avg to above avg
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Good healthy animals. I saw bachelor herds of 10 to 12 with some real MONSTERS. Another hunter I met found a herd of over 100.

SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Excellent
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Use Turkish Air all the way Airline Service: Poor
Airline Comments: TERRIBLE TIME with United. Lost both bags going to hunt and one bag coming back. Missed flight, too, due to late United flight. Reschedule was wrong.

Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Total cost of trip minus air fare (including hotels, tips, meals at start and finish) Amount: $9500
Total: $0

Problems of Hunt: AIRLINES!! Nothing went right. NEVER got luggage or gun.
Highlights of Hunt: Outstanding outfitter and guides (see attached note).
Equipment Recommendations:
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? See attached note.

Hunter Name: Craig Bade
Contact Information: Tel. 616-405-3800 - 371 Waukazoo Dr., Holland, MI USA, 49424 E-mail:
Hunting Experience: Extensive. I am an SCI lecturer.
Physical Condition: Quite good for a "flat-lander." No one can fully prepare for the mountains.

IMPORTANT NOTES (actions taken if hunter unhappy with hunt)
Notified Outfitter? no Notified Personal Guide? no Notified Booking Agent? no
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, outfitter or guide? no
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?

I would recommend this outfitter (Mirbala Manafov) to ANYONE considering this hunt.

You never know how good your outfitter or guides are until you have a problem to contend with. I had many, and EVERYONE on the hunting part of the hunt were outstanding.

I had missed flights, lost luggage, inadequate rebooking, and inept flight associated personnel. I had only what was in my backpack for a week hunt in the Caucasus Mountains. No other clothes, gun, sleeping bag, etc. 1 pair of underwear for 1 week. I only received my luggage AFTER I finished my hunt.

Nevertheless, Extreme Mountain Hunts got an excellent gun for me, a sleeping bag and pad and an extra jacket. I had 2 guides. One spoke very fine English, and the other enough to be easily understood. Both outwalked the horses. At first I thought I was being "babied" -- i.e. allowed to ride a horse much of the way and having them carry my gun. But I soon realized just how demanding high altitude mountain hiking really is. Vey professional, considerate and experienced.

Trophy prep outstanding. U.S. customs officer showed his intern my cape as an example of the "perfect" way to prepare it.

I wouldn't consider going with anyone else. Wonderful hotels before and after the hunt.

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