Although smaller than his Mid Asian cousin, A hunt for Himlayan Ibex in Pakistan will test the endurance of the hardest of hunters.

Himalayan Ibex Hunting, Pakistan

Hunting Season 1st November – 30th April

Himalayan Ibex is very similar in appearance to his larger Mid Asian cousin. Colouration in both phenotypes varies and we have found the Himalayan subspecies to have a slightly browner coat with more white patches, compared with the greyer colour of Mid Asian, both species will darken with age. He has a smaller range, with the majority of his habitat in China and India where he is strictly protected, Pakistan is the only true viable option to hunt him; he exists in small pockets of Afghanistan also but in lesser numbers and posing very high security risk, we are yet to venture into his Afghan territory!!! There appears to be somewhat of an overlap in the Pamirs of the two species, perhaps accounting for the Mid Asian Ibex of Tajikistan being somewhat smaller than those of 
neighbouring Kyrgyzstan.  His primary range is through the Karakoram Mountains of Gilgit Baltistan in Northern Pakistan. Pakistan is a shining star to conservation hunting, the now well known Markhor Awards have been created in the honour of Pakistan’s national animal in the hope that others may follow in the footsteps of one of Asia’s most successful conservation stories. As a result sustainable and well regulated hunting for Himalayan Ibex is now available in numerous and ever increasing locations.

All of our hunts are run in conjunction with Community Based Natural Resource Management Schemes, meaning that 80% of the money spent on your license fees goes directly to the local community in the area of which you were hunting. Although a portion of this money goes into infrastructure in building bridges and roads where there would otherwise be nothing, the majority goes into local education. The literacy rate of this area in Paksitan is 99% compared with the countries national average of 30%. A more educated population mean greater tolerance to wildlife and in CBNRM areas poaching has almost been eradicated. Not just to the quarry speciews that bring in the hunters dollars, but also to more endangered wildlife such as the elusive snow leopard. We experienced first hand evidence of shepherds tolerating a blind snow leopard preying on his flock, purely due to our investment into the local fauna.
All of our hunts are run in conjunction with Community Based Natural Resource Management Schemes, meaning that 80% of the money spent on your license fees goes directly to the local community in the area of which you were hunting. Although a portion of this money goes into infrastructure in building bridges and roads where there would otherwise be nothing, the majority goes into local education. The literacy rate of this area in Paksitan is 99% compared with the countries national average of 30%. A more educated population mean greater tolerance to wildlife and in CBNRM areas poaching has almost been eradicated. Not just to the quarry speciews that bring in the hunters dollars, but also to more endangered wildlife such as the elusive snow leopard. We experienced first hand evidence of shepherds tolerating a blind snow leopard preying on his flock, purely due to our investment into the local fauna.
Hunting Himalayan Ibex is not for the faint hearted. With no use of horses, this is a foot hunt, conducted at high altitude. For those after that extra special trophy; many miles will be covered on foot. In our opinion the Karakorum mountains rival those of the Caucasus in vertical incline, and with Pakistan being home to the second and third highest peaks in the World there is nowhere higher or harder in which to secure yourself an Ibex. Due to the terrain and the skittish nature of Ibex, shots can be expected to be taken 300 – 500 metres. For those who not have the physical capability of heading deep into the mountains, but who still wish to secure a Himalayan Ibex, there are options to hunt close to the villages or roads, and yaks can also be used. With only 95 permits being awarded in the Gilgit region annually none of the CBNRM areas are overhunted, however the really big animals live further away from human activity.

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