Hunting in Kyrgyzstan

Halfway from Paris to Tokyo, in the West of China, in the South of Kazakhstan and in the East of Uzbekistan, 5000 km South-East of Moscow, lies a beautiful mountain country – Kyrgyzstan. Mountains occupy 94% of the state’s territory. The peaks of the Tien Shan and Pamir, forever covered with snow, Alpine meadows with placers of flowers, turbulent rivers and waterfalls among the rocks, the aroma of steppe sagebrush, blue lakes and green valleys – this is the nature of Kyrgyzstan. The pearl of Central Asia is the emerald-blue lake Issyk-Kul. However, not only a huge variety of natural landscapes, an abundance of mountain lakes and waterfalls, Alpine meadows and glaciers, as well as exclusive natural resort areas attract travelers from all over the world, but also a rich historical and cultural heritage, and wonderful traditions of the Kyrgyz people.  
The climate of Kyrgyzstan is continental, with hot summers and frosty winters. Temperatures can vary significantly within a single day, especially high in the mountains. In November: the weather is usually windy, during the day about +1 +7 C, at night -1…-4 C. 
Hunting season Marco Polo Argali – from August 15 to December 1. It is best to plan your trip no earlier than November 1. Capricorn – from August 15 to December. 
Argali Marco Polo It is also called the Pamir argali. It is named after Marco Polo, a Venetian merchant and traveler who was the first European to describe this species. Height at the withers 112-120 cm, weight up to 135 kg. Females are much smaller than males. This is a large RAM, its legs are high and slender. Both males and females have horns, but in males they look much larger and more impressive, and can make up to 13 % of the total body weight. The horns are twisted in a spiral with the ends outward and upward and represent the most spectacular trophy of all the subspecies of rams. In cross-section, the horns are triangular, with a sharp frontal-occipital edge. The longest horns were recorded in 1895, the length of the horn was 190.5 cm. However, this subspecies has relatively thin horns, reaching only 43 cm in circumference in record trophies, and on average up to 36-39 cm. the Skull along with the horns weighs only 11-12 kg.Due to the relative narrowness in diameter, the horns look even longer than they actually are. The color of the body varies from light sandy to dark gray-brown, but the lower part of the body usually looks noticeably lighter. On the sides along the entire body there are dark brown stripes, clearly separating the darker top and lighter bottom. Muzzle and tail are light. Males are distinguished by the fact that they have a ring of light hair around the neck, as well as an elongated coat on the back of the neck. Animals shed twice a year, and the winter outfit is noticeably lighter than the summer one, the wool is much longer, so that the animal seems to be larger than it actually is. The average Marko Polo RAM trophy in Kyrgyzstan reaches 127-133 cm, the best trophies-140-153 cm. The Marco Polo RAM is considered one of the most beautiful animals and one of the best hunting trophies. It lives at such heights that not every hunter can do it.  
The Central Asian ibex 
Hunting area 
Issyk-Kul region, Muz-Bulak, Koichi, and Kaindy districts. The main attraction of the Issyk-Kul region is the Issyk-Kul lake itself, located in the North and surrounded by the Tien Shan mountain ranges. This is where most of the region’s population lives. In the South, there are mountains and mountain meadows used as summer pastures. Here are the highest peaks of the Tien Shan, including Khan Tengri with a height of 7010 meters and Victory Peak (7439 m). 
Naryn province, districts of hunting ARPA, AK-SAI. Naryn region is located in the Central part of Kyrgyzstan. It occupies the valleys and slopes of the Inner Tien Shan mountains. 
The process of hunting
Hunting in Kyrgyzstan requires the ability to keep well in the saddle. Starting in the early morning, the hunter is on the lookout for captured males, riding around the area and inspecting the mountain slopes and feeding areas. The approach is made on foot as soon as a trophy of the desired size is seen. It is desirable to be in good physical shape. 
During the hunt, you often have to spend the night in a flying camp, this allows you to stay at heights where large males live all the time, and save your strength. The shot is most often made from a long distance, 200-500 meters. 
Base camps are warm and comfortable. As a rule, they are converted trailers with cozy rooms, there is a bath. All flying camps are equipped and equipped with everything necessary for successful hunting.

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