Marco Polo Hunting
The Pamir argali sheep Marco Polo is the largest representative of wild sheep living in the upland and submontane areas of Middle and Central Asia. It is named after the Venetian traveler and merchant Marco Polo (1254-1324) who was the first European to describe its horn. The length of the animal’s body reaches 2 meters (6.5 ft), height at the withers is 1.2 meters (3.9 ft), average weight is from 80 to 120 kg (175 to 265 lb) but with luck you can meet the real giant of up to 180 kg (400 lb).
Marco Polo Sheep Hunting Season
In Tajikistan the Marco Polo hunting is permitted in two periods. The first period is autumn and winter, from August to December, and the second one is exceptionally winter, February. October and November are considered the most comfortable months for trophy hunting.
In Kyrgyzstan we organize the Marco Polo hunting in the period from the 15thof September to the 15th of December and from January to February.
Features of the Marco Polo Hunting
It is not an overstatement to say that the Marco Polo hunting in Tajikistan is one of the most interesting, challenging and truly elite types of hunting in the world. Marco Polo argali loves inaccessible mountain slopes, cliffs and rocks at an altitude from 3,500 to 5,500 meters (11,400 to 18,000 ft) and only hard-tempered people can get it at fluctuations of temperature in the hunting season from 0° C to -25° C (+32o F to -13o F) at night and from -5° C to + 25° C (23° F to 77° F) during the day.
Marco Polo Hunting Methods
As a rule, the Marco Polo hunting is conducted in the classic way. Guides take hunters in fourwheel vehicles to sheep habitats and the search begins in the pedestrian mode. At times temporary accommodation is organized in the area of hunting. The most effective hunting methods are driving and ambushing. Rifled or smooth-bore weapon is used.
Cost of the Marco Polo Hunting
In itself, the cost of the Marco Polo hunting speaks volumes as it is available only to wealthy lovers of mountain safari. But the price is going down gradually. In 2008 the license cost USD 13,000, and in 2014 it fell to TJS 45,000 that is approximately USD 8,000 to 8,500. A slain sheep is worth about USD 50,000. Such a high cost of the exclusive pleasure is explained by a small number of legally killed animals per year – about 70 animals in total.
Restrictions and Requirements
The Marco Polo hunting is allowed only when purchasing a special license. Foreign hunters must obtain a permit to import and export weapon from Tajikistan but it's possible to provide weapon on the spot.
Luxury trophies of the Marco Polo hunting are unlikely to convert in currency. Fantastically beautiful curved horns of Marco Polo sheep are among the most prestigious trophies in the hunting world. Just imagine these thick massive helically-formed horns that can reach up to 2 meters (6.5 ft) in length! The horns of Marco Polo sheep are expensive and exquisite interior decoration.
Our Offer To YouWe offer an organization of marco polo hunt in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
|Hunting Location||Season||Approx. cost|
|Tajikistan||September 1 - December 10, February March||from 16 000 euro||more info|
|Kyrgyzstan||September 15-December 15; January-February||from 19 000 $||more info|