January 01 to March 01 and August 15 to November 20
(We recommend October and November as the best times to hunt)*
Hours from civilisation, where the capra and ovis are most abundant, our private hunting grounds are some of the best in the country offering the highest opportunity to achieve a successful hunt.
With the rise in popularityof Kyrgyzstan as a hunting destination over the last decade many bogus outfitters have appeared, although the Government is now clamping down on this booking direct with a Kyrgyz outfitter can be risky. We have worked in Kyrgyzstan since 2010 and have experienced both good and bad outfitters. We are now in the position to offer hunters a couple of options depending on their budget and requirements, we feel there is no one better than real Big 5 to organise your Kyrgyzstan experience.
One of the major trophies of the Real Big 5 Capra, The Mid Asian Ibex is the largest of all 14 sub species of Ibex, and none are larger than the specimens found in the Tian Shan Mountains. With average horn length of 110 – 115cm, with trophies of up to 130cm being taken annually Kyrgyzstan is the obvious destination for the Ibex shot. The SCI World record Ibex was shot in Kyrgyzstanin 1996, with horns reaching 152cm.
The pelage of Mid Asian Ibex varies greatly throughout his range, with no obvious reason as to why. Some animals display prominent white saddles and dorsal patches, whilst others appear dark or even tan all over. Despite an increase in hunting, we feel that there is not enough being put back into conservation of ibex in Kyrgyzstan, and although a natural protectionism has occurred through the guides and locals to whom hunters are invaluable, poaching does still occur.
Similarly to the Marco Polo an Ibex hunt takes place at extreme altitude, and this is the hunters biggest enemy. This goat will only ever venture to altitudes as low as 3000 meters in the extreme conditions of a Tian Shan Winter; preferring to cling to the mountain tops 4500 metres above sea level.
Our base camps are situated at around 3200 metres allowing the keenest andstrongest hunters to climb the peaks to bring down one of the toughest goats on the planet. Whereas Sheep rely on their speed and stamina to outrun the hunter and quite frankly disappear, the Ibex relies on his extreme climbing ability.
Once spooked this capra heads straight to the highest and most inaccessible rock on the mountain, where he will often sit, watching you from a distance, safe in the knowledge that even if you were to shoot him, extraction would be impossible.
Due to the vast terrain that must be covered in order to find the ibex, who, although present, are scantily scattered throughout the vast open Wilderness of the Tian Shan Mountains. Horses are used to cover the long miles required to find the right billy, and although you may see many Ibex, a lot may not be accessable or safe to try. This is a high intensity hunt, and fitness is required, you do not need to be an athlete, but you will enjoy your experience an awful lot more if you
are in shape for it.
Additional Trophies: Mid Asian Ibex, Wolf.
The ultimate Mid Asian Ibex hunt in Kyrgyztan, contact Real Big 5 at
+44 7977 150 104
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