Mid-Asian Ibex Hunt in Kazakhstan: A Great Destination

It is no coincidence that many hunters love hunting in the mountains. Mountain hunting is a unique experience allowing you to get new impressions and emotions, enjoy the unspoilt nature and to test your body and spirit in the challenging conditions: difficult terrain and usually unpredictable weather. The hunter has to search for the desired trophy and try to approach the sharp-sighted and alert mountain animal, and finally there is a trial for a sharp shooter – a long distance shot, often at the tough angle…

No wonder that an outstanding trophy of great or even record quality will provide the hunter with a huge sense of accomplishment. The real award for a mountain hunt lover would be to bag an old wise billy with heavy and long horns. That is why we would like to offer you one of the exclusive hunting territories in Kazakhstan, where each hunter has a chance to harvest a wonderful trophy of the beautiful Mid-Asian Ibex.

Let us start from the very beginning. It is possible to hunt the Mid-Asian Ibex in the two bordering countries: Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Nature and hunting method are pretty much similar in both of them. Same species inhabit both Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. However, we believe that Kazakhstan has the advantage of better service in whole and it is a much more modern country in terms of airports, roads, customs etc. The airport of arrival is Almaty, from there you will have a car transfer along a nice new road. It takes only 4 hours to get to the base camp. Helicopter transfer is also available upon request, taking up to 50 minutes.

The hunting camp is perfectly located along the eastern border of the country, near Kyrgyzstan. There are no major roads in the region. Moreover, the guides make sure that the local livestock does not gaze in the important part of the hunting grounds. Therefore, you will meet no strangers and no shepards with their dogs in the Ibex habitat. Thanks to that, the animals are not overly shy here. The wildlife here is diverse and includes argali, ibex, roe deer, lynx, wolf, wild boar, pheasant, chukar and snowcock. One can harvest the Roe deer as an additional trophy during the Ibex hunt. Wingshooting is also possible.

Only a limited number of licenses are issued each year. The hunting camp welcomes only 8-10 hunters during the hunting season. The local people do not use this territory. That is why the Mid-Asian Ibex population keeps high abundance and great trophy quality. Let’s talk a bit about the latter.

Thanks to advantageous natural environment, mineral-rich soil and intelligent nature protection activities and game management the Mid-Asian Ibex here grow beautiful, magnificent horns. In comparison with other regions, here a remarkable horn growth can be seen during the year. This allows the Ibex to grow heavy horns of 125 cm (over 49 inch) by the time they are 10 years old. Each good shot has a chance to bag 120-125 cm (47-49 inches) trophy. Moreover, the Mid-Asian Ibex from this exact area have impressive body size and weight. Before the rut season starts in December, males can weigh over 120-130 kilos (265-285 pounds). Such a deep chested billy with surely become a gem of any trophy collection.

Hunting here is a traditional mountain hunt. Horses are used extensively to get around the hunting territory, so some horse riding experience will be of a great help. Usually the hunter will spend most of the day on a horseback, especially in winter. Well-coordinated work of the guides most of the times allows you to get the desired trophy no later than on the third day. However, we recommend to count on 7 hunting days to avoid troubles with bad weather. The experienced guides know the mountains like the palms of their hands and can evaluate the size of the possible trophy male. Hunting here is open up to December 31 each year. The altitudes during the hunt can be 3500-3700 meters (11,500-12,150 feet above sea level). The car can be partially used to get to mountain heights. The average shooting distance totals around 300-400 meters (330-440 yards). However if you are lucky enough to see a trophy Ibex at the salt lick, you might bag it right there at 50 meter distance.

It is hard to tell which season is considered the best time to come. Each period has its own pros and cons. During the rut season (in December) males tend to move around a lot and it is very easy to spot them. However, their behavior becomes unpredictable and billies can disappear as suddenly as they have emerged in front of you. It is almost impossible to find them at the same place in the morning as they were sleeping at last evening. In addition, if the male stays with the female herd, it will tend to stay in the middle. Which means there will be over a hundred of pairs of alert eyes watching you.

In September – October, the animals stay separately. The grown up males of 7-8 years old and older stay in small groups of 6-10 heads. These small groups are more difficult to find. However if you do find them it will be a lot easier to stalk these Ibex during this period of the year. The weather in September and October is warm. Usually it is dry with occasional rains; however, fogs are possible. In December snow storms are possible. The temperature gets as low as -10-15⁰С (5-14 F).

The other advantage of our hunting area is a comfortable base camp there. This one can be truly called a VIP-accommodation in the Kazakhstan mountains. The hunters are accommodated in two separate houses. There is a living room with a fireplace and a sauna. The local cooks will ensure you enjoy your stay. It is also possible to stay in the mountain tent camp to lower the expenses for this trip.

To get more information about Mid-Asian hunting in Kazakhstan, please contact us. We will do our best to let you get the best memories of your hunt!