Hunting in Azerbaijan

 

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Introduction

Azerbaijan has unlimited natural resources, centuries-old culture, history and people, whose lifestyle presents a unique and harmonious combination of the traditions and ceremonies of different cultures and civilizations. The Republic is situated on the junction of Europe and Asia and thus has a unique geopolitical and geographical position.

This fertile, generous and friendly land has diverse landscape. There are two major forms of landscape – plains and mountains. Mountains cover 60% of the total area of the Azerbaijan republic. Azerbaijan is located on the junction of a number of zoogeographical zones, characterized by a specific fauna. The animals from Iran, Central Asia and Mediterranean migrated to Azerbaijan thus enriching its nature. Due to the diverse natural conditions Azerbaijan formed a colorful animal kingdom. For many trophy hunters, country’s name is almost synonymous with Dagestan Tur that inhabits the Caucasus Mountains at the northwestern border with Russia.

Tur hunting is a real challenge, so be ready mentally and physically. For those who dare to come, these treed steep mountains shall prepare a gift of a long-desired trophy and local professionals will make sure this is one of your best hunting memories.

Visa can be issued at the airport upon arrival.

Hunting season

Dagestan Tur: June 1 – October 15

Trophy

Dagestan Tur's shoulder height is 31-39 inches (79-98 cm). Weight is 120-175 pounds (55-80 kg), sometimes to 220 pounds (100 kg). The coat is reddish-brown in summer, with underparts whitish and the tail, breast and lower legs darker. Turns a uniform dark brown in winter, with underparts slightly lighter and the tail, breast and lower legs much darker. Beard is dark and very short (up to three inches, or 76 mm, in length), and difficult to detect in some animals. The horns are quite unusual for a goat, being smooth and rounded, curving above and behind the neck, with the tips turning inward and upward. The horns keep growing throughout the whole lifetime. The average horn length of the 7-9 year old Tur is 29-32 inches (75-80cm) and reaches 33-35,5 inches (85-90 cm) for a 10-13 year old Tur. Turs older than 9 years have very thick horns at the base, up to 11-12.5 inches (30-32 см) in circle. The animals aged up to 7-9 years have symmetrical horns with the ends pointed upwards. Older Turs often have broken or rounded horns. The rut season starts late in fall.

Eastern Tur (Dagestan Tur) counts both towards Ovis and Capra Slams.

Hunting territory

Sheki

Sheki

Sheki is situated in the north-west of Azerbaijan. The altitude of the hunting spots is 8500-10500 feet (2600-3200 m) above sea-level.

Quba

Quba

Quba is situated in the north of Azerbaijan; it is a hilly and picturesque region. The hunting camps are located at 6500 feet (2000 m) above sea level and the hunt takes part at 7800-9800 feet (2400-3000 m).

Hunting

Tur inhabits the mountains of Azerbaijan at the elevations between 7300-11500 feet (2200-3500 m). The tent camps are set up at suitable locations. The camping areas can be reached on horseback. Generally the hunters continue hunting on foot because the terrain is too steep to use horses. In this region one can usually spot big groups of Tur, consisting of 50-200 rams, so you can expect to see a good number of animals and find a desired trophy Tur.

Route

You can fly to Baku via Frankfurt, Zurich or Istanbul. Quba hunting camp is in 145 miles (235 km) distance from Baku. Sheki camp is located in 210 miles (340 km) from Baku city. Plan 8 day trip and 5 day hunt.

Accommodation

Base camps are comfortable wooden lodges with beds and shower located at 5700 feet (1900 m). Tented camps are used to save time and energy.

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