Tajikistan Marco Polo Sheep Hunting:
Official Documentation & List of Approved Hunters
Tajikistan authorities have officially lifted the Marco Polo sheep hunting moratorium and provided the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) with a list of approved US hunters for the 2010/2011 season.
The Hunting Report received a copy of the official letter from the Tajikistan Committee on Environment Conservation on September 15. The letter informs USFWS that Marco Polo sheep hunting has been reopened and provides a list of 37 US hunters approved to hunt there this season. The letter also addresses questions about sheep populations, poaching and management issues. There is also important information about how export documents and CITES paperwork will be handled in order to avoid a replay of the 2009 boondoggle in which US Fish & Wildlife detained Marco Polo trophy shipments and launched investigations against hunters.
Will US Fish & Wildlife issue import permits for US hunters this season? Will the agency increase the number of permits to be issued based on the new data? See the October 2010 issue of The Hunting Report for the complete story. For now, click on the link below to read the official letter from the Republic of Tajikistan's Committee on Environment Conservation.