Ibex Hunting in Russia and Central Asia

Ibex hunting in Russia and Central Asia produce some of the most exciting hunting trophies in the world. Hunting ibex is difficult due to high elevations, sometimes cold weather and often very long shots required to get the best trophy. Asian ibex inhabit mountains of Central and Southern Asia. It is found in Afghanistan, Western and Northern China, north-western India, south-eastern Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, eastern Uzbekistan, in Mongolia, northern Pakistan, and south-central Russia. Sergei Shushunov and Russian Hunting Agency LLC offer hunts for ibex in  Russia,  Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. These countries offer the best ibex trophies with reasonable cost of hunting. There are several subspecies of this magnificent animal, different mainly in size and color.

MID-ASIAN IBEX, KRGYZSTAN

Location: Issyk-Kul region
Season dates: August 10-December 3
Hunting method: stalking
Accommodations: rustic hunting cabins, generator electricity, hot water
Price: $6200 group of 2 or 3; $6900 solo
Additional day of hunting: $375
Additional trophies: wolf $1500, second ibex $3000

Included in the price:
  • Reception and assistance in Bishkek airport;
  • Accommodation in the hunting area;
  • Meals and soft drinks during the hunt;
  • Roundtrip ground transportation airport-hunting area and horses during the hunt;
  • Services of 1 guide per hunter;
  • Services of 1 interpreter in a camp;
  • Field trophy preparation;
  • Gun permit;
  • Invitation letter and voucher;
  • Hunting license;
  • Trophy export permit;
  • 1 ibex.
Not included in the price:
  • International airfare,
  • Insurance of any kind;
  • Preserving, shipping or transporting of trophies from Kyrgyzstan;
  • Cost of sightseeing tours;
  • Ground transportation unrelated to hunting;
  • Hotel in Bishkek,
  • Gratuities.
Itinerary

Day 1: arrival to Bishkek, 6-8 hour car ride to the hunting camp
Day 2: getting used to the horses and high altitude environment, zeroing rifles, rest
Day 3-8: 6 days of hunting
Day 9: return to Bishkek, overnight in Bishkek
Day 10: flight home

Details:

The camp is located south of the Lake Issyk-Kul at 10,000 ft. (2700 meters) above the sea level, and the hunt takes place at 11,000 to 14,000 ft (3300-4300 meters), which can be a challenge for those who are not acclimatized to high altitude environments.

Hunters will be moving on horses, but getting into a shooting
position will require dismounting horses and moving on foot. Shooting distance is typically 300-500 yards. Wolf can be taken as a trophy of opportunity.

Altai ibex, often called Siberian ibex is found in Sayan and Altai mountains of Mongolia, Russia, and Kazakhstan.  Most trophies have horns anywhere between 90-120 cm. Hunting is difficult due to steep and rocky terrain. Siberian ibex was first described in the Siberian part of Altai mountains, giving a bit of confusion due to the name overlap.

Gobi ibex is found only in Goby mountains of Mongolia. This is the smallest of Siberian ibex. The hunt is easier than for other subspecies of ibex. Usual elevations are about 2000-2500 meters (6500-8000 ft.)

Mid-Asian ibex also called Tyan Shan ibex is the biggest subspecies and also the most numerous. It is found in several countries. Mid-Asian ibex lives at very high elevations in Kyrgyzstan and at lower elevations in Kazakhstan. Horses, extensively used on ibex hunts, offer a lot of help. We organize mid-Asian hunts in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan. The best ibex can be found in Kyrgyzstan, where trophies may have horns in excess of 130 – 140 sm. (51-54 in.).

Siberian ibex hunt in Russian

Ibex hunters must be in reasonably good physical condition, should be able to travel extensively on horseback and climb to elevations up to 4000 meters (14,000 ft) and higher when hunting in Kyrgyzstan, to 3500 (12,000 ft) meters when hunting in Kazakhstan or in Russia. Shooting distance is usually around 300 meters (330 yards) but the shots at 400-600 (440-660 yards) meters and more are sometimes required.

TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT COST AND DETAILS OF IBEX HUNTING IN RUSSIA, KYRGYZSTAN AND TAJIKISTANCall Sergei at 1-847-962-1858 or e-mail sergei@russianhunting.com.Next expeditions are scheduled for October-November-December. Please also visit www.asianibexhunt.com