The Hunting Report
HomeF.A.QContact Us\View Your Shopping Cart

Questions or Need Help Related to The Hunting Report Newsletter.
Call us at 800-272-5656 or 305-253-5301
Search:

HuntingReport.com
A Tip-Laden Report on Hunting in Turkey
By J.Y. Jones


     If you are eyeing a hunt in Turkey, you'll be interested in a letter we received from subscriber J.Y. Jones. It is packed with useful and important tips for the would-be hunter in Turkey. He writes:

     "I write this as I fly back home from a bezoar ibex hunt in Turkey. Quite a number of items stand out that should be shared with the hunting community. First, Turkey is a world-class destination, a beautiful country with friendly people, good food and great hunting. I hunted with Safari Tours, booked through Ron Simmons of Four Star Adventures (Tel. 540-459-2247. Web: www.fourstaradventures.com). The hunt was well worth the price. I took a good ibex on the third day, after some unexpectedly grueling legwork.

     "For the hunter not in the best of shape, there are places the guides can take you in Turkey where you should be able to take your animal. The mountains are incredibly steep, rocky and treacherous, but there are roads that go near the top of many, and one can walk the ridges and look down on some of the best spots with minimal exertion. I worked from the bottom up the first two days, but took my ibex from one of these accessible ridges late on the third day.

     "Getting in and out of Turkey is tough, but Safari Tours never lets you do anything alone. They have their man there all the time, and he knows his business. Expect to have your rifle inspected several times at every airline stop, on both ends of any leg. You must take a rifle with you to hunt in Turkey, by the way, as it is illegal to hunt with a borrowed rifle here.

     "Security is tight in Turkey because of fear of a Kurd uprising. Airport security people scrutinize you repeatedly by x-ray and by hands-on baggage inspection. The only security like this I've seen anywhere else is in Israel. Still, the inspectors are mostly courteous and lukewarm friendly, and I found that most Turks seem to hold no detectable ill feelings towards Americans.

     "Expect some extra expenses in several areas. First, ibex are measured in centimeters of horn length, and it costs $100 per centimeter ($254 per inch) over 90 centimeters. Fortunately, the guides here are very adept at estimating horn length on the hoof, so you shouldn't wind up shooting away $3,000 on a 120-centimeter ibex unless you want to do so. I paid an extra $400 for my ibex. The longest horn is used to calculate this figure, so don't plan to average it between the two.

     "The language barrier was my biggest problem in the field. I had an interpreter one day, but the other two days it was sign language only, which cost me a couple of opportunities due to miscommunication. I speak three languages, but Turkish is not one of them, nor does it resemble any of them. Perhaps that's why they thought I could get by without an interpreter, but it's actually a major handicap if you're accustomed to speaking to your guides in their own language, and you're suddenly reduced to unfamiliar sign language. Insist that the outfitter provide you an interpreter, even in the field.

     "Tips are a really big thing in Turkey. You're expected to tip everyone who handles your bags, feeds you, cleans your room, etc., in addition to the guide, assistants and other personnel of Safari Tours. My tip bill was about $700, all voluntary but certainly all expected by the recipients. They did a good job, so I'm not complaining.

     "Food is included in the hunt price, but beverages, even tea and coffee, are extra. If you want to save money, drink bottled water only. I had seven glasses of wine during the hunt, plus coffee in the morning and tea while I wrote up the story of the hunt, and my bill was $66. Again, no complaints, just an item the hunter should know up front.

     "Istanbul should not be skipped, and I did an attenuated tour that came nowhere close to doing the city justice. It is rich in history and has fabulous restaurants, shopping and sightseeing, as well as 13 million people and seemingly that many cars. When you go shopping, let me warn you: You will buy something. There is so much that is unique in Turkey that even a non-shopper like me can get carried away.

     "I flew Delta from JFK and back and had zero airline problems. A representative from Fauna and Flora (718-977-7700) was there waiting to help clear my trophies (I had also hunted Slovakia and Macedonia). However, on arrival at JFK, I encountered the full force of US bureaucracy, which one might think would be more friendly and efficient than Turkey's. They aren't at all friendly, though, and their efficiency is directed toward delaying the hunter until he misses his outbound flight home. I tried, in a very friendly, non-threatening way, to let them know my next flight was only so many minutes away, and this turned out to be a mistake. By simply holding my customs declaration form for the appropriate amount of time, for no detectable reason, they were able to accomplish this. I wound up taking an expensive taxi ride to La Guardia Airport to catch an alternative flight, and made it home at 2 am instead of 8:30 pm. Congratulations to our public servants at the USDA!"


Site Map
Home | Subscription Related | Articles & Reports | Trophies  | Advertising | E-mail Extra | Online Store

The Hunting Report Copyright © 2014Who We Are/What We Do / Privacy Policy / Contact Us


Hunting Newsletter
Hunting in Africa, Hunting in Canada, Hunting in Russia...it's all here!
Read an issue of The Hunting Report Newsletter online right now!
Get the latest issue of The Hunting Report Newsletter by mail.
Hunting Africa, hunting russia, hunting europe....It's all one click away!

Outfitter Reports
Hunting Outfitter Reports
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Hunting Reports & Articles
Hunting Experiences
From Fellow Hunters
Angola Hunting (1)
Argentina Hunting (113)
Armenia Hunting (3)
Australia Hunting (99)
Austria Hunting (7)
Azerbaijan Hunting (19)
Benin Hunting (16)
Botswana Hunting (99)
Bulgaria Hunting (2)
Burkina Faso Hunting (4)
Cameroon Hunting (106)
Central African Republic Hunting (54)
Chad Hunting (8)
Chile Hunting (3)
China Hunting (13)
Croatia Hunting (5)
Czech Republic Hunting (5)
Ecuador Hunting (1)
England Hunting (23)
Estonia Hunting (2)
Ethiopia Hunting (38)
France Hunting (1)
Germany Hunting (1)
Ghana Hunting (2)
Greece Hunting (2)
Greenland Hunting (4)
Hungary Hunting (9)
Iceland Hunting (2)
Italy Hunting (1)
Iran Hunting (2)
Kazakhstan Hunting (11)
Kyrgyzstan Hunting (20)
Liberia Hunting (6)
Macedonia Hunting (5)
Mexico Hunting (137)
Mongolia Hunting (67)
Mozambique Hunting (79)
Namibia Hunting (256)
Nepal Hunting (2)
New Caledonia Hunting (19)
New Zealand Hunting (217)
Pakistan Hunting (17)
Papua New Guinea Hunting (4)
Philippines Hunting (3)
Poland Hunting (5)
Romania Hunting (11)
Russia Hunting (80)
Scotland Hunting (28)
Serbia Hunting (1)
Slovakia Hunting (1)
Slovenia Hunting (3)
South Africa Hunting (718)
Spain Hunting (171)
Sudan Hunting (4)
Switzerland Hunting (4)
Tajikistan Hunting (37)
Tanzania Hunting (256)
Turkey Hunting (24)
Turkmenistan Hunting (10)
Uganda Hunting (10)
Ukraine Hunting (3)
Vietnam Hunting (1)
Yugoslavia Hunting (1)
Zambia Hunting (143)
Zimbabwe Hunting (537)


Hunting Reports & Articles
Hunting Experiences
From Fellow Hunters
Alberta Hunting (115)
Manitoba Hunting (22)
New Brunswick Hunting (4)
Newfoundland Hunting (32)
Nunavut Hunting (65)
Northwest Territories Hunting (195)
Ontario Hunting (11)
Quebec Hunting (47)
Saskatchewan Hunting (51)
Yukon Hunting (80)


Hunting Reports & Articles
Hunting Experiences
From Fellow Hunters
Alabama Hunting (5)
Alaska Hunting (475)
Arizona Hunting (41)
California Hunting (68)
Colorado Hunting (83)
Florida Hunting (25)
Georgia Hunting (3)
Hawaii Hunting (16)
Idaho Hunting (39)
Illinois Hunting (15)
Iowa Hunting (7)
Kansas Hunting (28)
Kentucky Hunting (5)
Louisiana Hunting (4)
Maine Hunting (13)
Maryland Hunting (1)
Michigan Hunting (27)
Minnesota Hunting (1)
Mississippi Hunting (3)
Missouri Hunting (8)
Montana Hunting (65)
Nebraska Hunting (7)
Nevada Hunting (33)
New Hampshire Hunting (2)
New Jersey Hunting (1)
New Mexico Hunting (92)
New York Hunting (8)
North Carolina Hunting (3)
North Dakota Hunting (3)
Ohio Hunting (2)
Oklahoma Hunting (1)
Oregon Hunting (18)
Pennsylvania Hunting (2)
South Carolina Hunting (7)
South Dakota Hunting (9)
Tennessee Hunting (1)
Texas Hunting (257)
Utah Hunting (31)
Vermont Hunting (3)
Washington Hunting (6)
Wisconsin Hunting (3)
Wyoming Hunting (143)
 
Hunting Reports & Articles
Hunting Experiences
From Fellow Hunters
Alligator Hunting (22)
Antelope Hunting (355)
   Blackbuck Antelope
   Klipspringer Antelope
   Pronghorn Antelope
Argali Hunting (77)
Banteng Hunting (32)
Bear Hunting (704)
   Black Bear
   Brown Bear
   Grizzly Bear
   Polar Bear
Bison Hunting (20)
Blesbok Hunting (315)
Bobcat Hunting (29)
Bongo Hunting (61)
Bontebok Hunting (38)
Buffalo Hunting (1004)
   Cape Buffalo
   Nile Buffalo
   Water Buffalo
Bushbuck Hunting (633)
   Chobe Bushbuck
   Harnessed Bushbuck
   Limpopo Bushbuck
   Masai Bushbuck
   Menelik Bushbuck
Bushpig Hunting (137)
Caracal Hunting (87)
Caribou Hunting (314)
   Central Canada Caribou
   Mountain Caribou
   Quebec-Labrador Caribou
Cat Hunting (86)
Chamois Hunting (203)
   Cantabrian Chamois
Cheetah Hunting (18)
Chevrotain Hunting (2)
Civet Hunting (33)
Coyote Hunting (19)
Crocodile Hunting (181)
Deer Hunting (1302)
   Brocket Deer
   Columbia Blacktail Deer
   Coues Whitetail Deer
   Desert Mule Deer
   Fallow Deer
   Hog Deer
   Mule Deer
   Pere David Deer
   Red Deer
   Roe Deer
   Rusa Deer
   Sambar Deer
   Sika Deer
   Sitka Blacktail Deer
   Water Deer
   Whitetail Deer
Dik-Dik Hunting (65)
Donkey Hunting (4)
Duiker Hunting (453)
   Blue Duiker
   Bush Duiker
   Common Duiker
   Red-Flanked Duiker
Eland Hunting (611)
   Cape Eland
   Giant Eland
Elephant Hunting (374)
Elk Hunting (285)
   Asian Elk
   Rocky Mountain Elk
   Roosevelt Elk
   Tule Elk
Gazelle Hunting (142)
   Goitered Gazelle
   Grant Gazelle
   Soemmerring Gazelle
   Thomson Gazelle
   Tibetan Gazelle
Gemsbok/Oryx Hunting (503)
Gerenuk Hunting (57)
Giraffe Hunting (94)
Goat Hunting (147)
   Feral Goat
   Mountain Goat
Grysbok Hunting (97)
Hartebeest Hunting (207)
   Red Hartebeest
Hippopotamus Hunting (212)
Hyena Hunting (162)
Ibex Hunting (263)
   Beceite Spanish Ibex
   Gredos Ibex
Impala Hunting (750)
Jaguar Hunting (2)
Javelina Hunting (39)
Kob Hunting (68)
Korrigum Hunting (6)
Kudu Hunting (1006)
   Greater Kudu
   Lesser Kudu
Lechwe Hunting (135)
   Red Lechwe
Leopard Hunting (541)
Lion Hunting (472)
   Mountain Lion
Lynx Hunting (34)
Markhor Hunting (9)
Moose Hunting (254)
   Mountain Moose
   Shiras Moose
Mouflon Hunting (104)
Muntjac Hunting (16)
Musk Ox Hunting (54)
Nilgai Hunting (16)
Nyala Hunting (303)
   Mountain Nyala
Oribi Hunting (106)
Ox Hunting (60)
Peccary Hunting (29)
Prarie Dog Hunting (5)
Puku Hunting (95)
Reedbuck Hunting (355)
   Mountain Reedbuck
Reindeer Hunting (6)
Rhebok Hunting (72)
Rhinoceros Hunting (84)
Roan Hunting (187)
Sable Hunting (369)
Sheep Hunting (669)
   Aoudad Sheep
   Barbary Sheep
   Bighorn Sheep
   Blue Sheep
   California Big Horn Sheep
   Corsican Sheep
   Dall Sheep
   Desert Bighorn Sheep
   Feral Sheep
   Four-Horned Sheep
   Kerman Sheep
   Mouflon Sheep
   Red Sheep
   Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
   Soay Sheep
   Stone Sheep
Sitatunga Hunting (112)
Springbok Hunting (406)
Steenbok Hunting (220)
Suni Hunting (39)
Tahr Hunting (149)
   Himalayan Tahr
Takin Hunting (1)
Tiang Hunting (11)
Topi Hunting (38)
Tsessebe Hunting (94)
Tur Hunting (7)
Urial Hunting (18)
Varmint Hunting (71)
Warthog Hunting (696)
Waterbuck Hunting (471)
Wildebeest Hunting (665)
   Black Wildebeest
   Blue Wildebeest
Wolf Hunting (231)
Wolverine Hunting (45)
Yak Hunting (3)
Zebra Hunting (725)
   Burchell's Zebra