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DATE AND PLACE OF HUNT
Report ID: 10053 Weapon Used: Rifle How Hunt Was Conducted? Guided
Date of Hunt: October 5, 2014 to October 17, 2014
Place of Hunt: Kyrgyzstan -
Hunt Area:


OUTFITTER, GUIDE AND BOOKING AGENT DETAILS
Outfitter (or safari company): Bryan Martin; Asian Mountain Outfitters. Tel. (250) 317-5525; Email: bryankmartin@gmail.com; Web www.asianmountainoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any):
Booking Agent (if any):
Trip Arrangements
(if self-guided):
License Required:


GAME DESCRIPTION
Major Game Animals Taken: Ibex, Mid-Asian (Tian Shan) - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Argali, Marco Polo - Availability: Abundant - Trophy Size: Good
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Condition Comments: Ibex and argali were abundant and all appeared healthy.


SERVICE RATINGS (excellent, good, fair or poor)
Quality of Outfit: Excellent Guide/PH Ability: Excellent
Condition of Camp: Excellent Condition of Equipment: Good
Quality of Food: Good Trophy Care: Excellent
Name of Airline: Turkish Air Airline Service: Excellent
Airline Comments: Amazing! Flying coach is comparable to first class on an American airline.


COSTS
Hunting Fees: Amount: $0
Trophy Fees: Amount: $0
Permits/Licenses: Amount: $0
Commercial Airfares: Amount: $0
Charter Airfares: Amount: $0
Other Costs: Amount: $0
Total: $0


SUMMARY REMARKS
Problems of Hunt: It got really, REALLY cold!
Highlights of Hunt: Taking a great ibex at the top of the world, seeing the amazing Tian Shan mountains and getting to know and spend time with the wonderful Kyrgyz people.
Equipment Recommendations: Warm, heavy boots, the best rangefinder and optics you can afford, a really warm sleeping bag and a rifle you can shoot accurately at long range.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend? yes
Why? If you can physically handle the altitude and the cold and can shoot half-way decently, you'll get your animal and have some great stories to tell.


HUNTER INFORMATION
Hunter Name: Todd Dunaway
Contact Information: Tel. 918-289-6690 - 6843 Foxbriar Dr. , Tulsa, OK USA, 74132 E-mail: dunawaytodd@gmail.com
Hunting Experience: 5 continents
Physical Condition: Good


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?


ADDITIONAL HUNTER COMMENTS AND/OR OUTFITTER/BOOKING AGENT REBUTTAL
4 of us traveled to Bishkek via Istanbul last October on Turkish Airlines. 3 of us were hunting ibex and one was hunting argali. We all had multiple opportunities and we all took good trophies. The VIP service at Bishkek airport was $110 each way (cash only) and was worth every penny. Arrival and departure went very smoothly and would have otherwise been close to impossible with the language barrier/rifles/ammo/etc. I highly recommend the Red Dragon (or was it Golden Dragon?) hotel in Bishkek and recommend you confirm you are booked for night of arrival and night before departure. They were overbooked on our arrival and we stayed at a much more expensive but much less comfortable hotel. The food in Bishkek was amazingly varied and quite delicious. We sampled Russian, Ukrainian and traditional cuisine and loved it all.

Bryan recommended the most important thing you can bring on any trip to Asia is patience. I can definitely confirm this to be true. Asia seems to be a very inefficient place and everything (EVERYTHING!) seems to take 2-3 times longer than it really should and require 4 times as many people as necessary. If you are not prepared for this, it could really affect how much you enjoy your visit. Between paperwork delays, horrible roads, traffic jams due to herders using the highway system to move their livestock from summer to winter pastures and any number of other inefficiencies, it was probably close to 72 hours we were in country before we were actually hunting.

We found the Kyrgyz people to be warm, hospitable and generous. The country appears to be almost completely Muslim but we saw and heard of no signs of Muslim extremism, terrorism or violence. They appeared perfectly comfortable saying their prayers and seemed fine with us saying our Christian prayers. The guides are local nomadic herdsmen who know the wild country like the backs of their hands. They could pick a bedded ibex out from the side of a rocky cliff in seconds using worn-out binocs with cracked lenses that would take me 10 minutes to find with high-quality optics. We saw multiple shooter ibex billies on the first day of our hunt but none that were accessible. On the second day we stalked to within 300 yards of a group of 19 billies with 6 over 44" and one giant. I honestly think the wind chill on that mountain was -50F. My rangefinder wouldn't work and I couldn't even turn on my phone to calculate my adjustment for the approx 40 mph crosswind. They finally got sick of being out in the wind and started to filter off. I took a wild guess at the adjustment for the wind, adjusted my turret for what looked like about 350 yards, put it on the big boy and squeezed the trigger only to discover my trigger was completely frozen. Needless to say, the big boy got away. After multiple very exciting but unsuccessful stalks, I connected on a very nice representative ibex around 40 inches with a 550 yard shot. The other 2 ibex hunters connected on very nice trophies at more modest ranges and our argali hunter shot a very nice old male with great mass and one very long horn but the other one was broken off about 6 inches from the tip. He looked over quite a few argali and saw some longer but he was very pleased with the old ram. The weather turned much nicer after our second day in the mountains but it still got dreadfully cold at night.

The guides did a fantastic job with preparing the skull caps, horns and hides. All of our paperwork was in order when we left Bishkek and after going through all of the Dept of Agriculture and USFWS inspections and paperwork, we arrived home with our trophies in our possession which beat the heck out of paying big bucks and waiting months and months to have them shipped. Asian Mountain Outfitters did a great job putting everything together and handling the logistics. Bryan's prices were a little bit higher than some others but we did negotiate them down a little bit. His unanimously positive Hunting Report reviews and glowing reviews from other references were what swayed us to hunt with him and we were not disappointed.



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