Hunting in Kazakhstan

 

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Introduction

Kazakhstan, situated in the geographic center of Eurasia, has been well known since the times of the Silk Roads. Today, just as in that distant epoch, it combines features that are remarkable for their contrasts: East and West, modernism and archaism, impetuous youth and staid wisdom of ancestors. Even its geography is full of contrasts: the perpetually snow-capped mountains adjoin the Great Steppe; the regions of rives and picturesque lakes – the so-called “eyes of the earth” – are surrounded by neighboring desert. The climate is continental, with warm summers and colder winters. Weather is usually nice during the hunting season. It is fairly dry with daytime temperatures ranging from 40 to 65 F (4-18 C), 30 to 40 F (-1, +4 C) at night.

Kazakhstan has become a famous destination for big game hunters seeking the trophy Maral or Tian-Shan Wapiti and Mid-Asian Ibex.

In general, all foreign nationals are required to have visas to enter Kazakhstan. To obtain a Kazakhstan visa, foreign citizens should apply to a Kazakhstan diplomatic/consular institution in their country of residence. Visas are issued within 7 calendar days from the day of presenting all documents.

Hunting season


Ibex: August 15 – November 15 (best hunting September 15 – November 1)
Maral:  September 10 – October 5

Trophy

Maral

Maral (Tian-Shan Wapiti)

Shoulder height as much as 64 inches (163 cm). Tian Shan Wapiti is the largest of the Asian wapitis and grows the finest antlers. It is similar to American Wapiti, although somewhat darker in color and with a longer skull. Overall color is dark brownish-gray, with the head, neck, underparts and legs dark brown with a tinge of red. There is a wide, light-colored ring around the eyes and a narrow white border on the upper lip around the nose. The antlers are massive and similar in form to those of North American wapitis. The best antlers of record had a 60-inch beam length (152.5 cm), 8-1/2-inch (21.6 cm) beam circumference, 45-1/2 inch (115.6 cm) inside spread, and carried 19 total points (1909). Regular trophies are up to 10 kilos, but in this area a Maral up to 13-14 kilos can be guaranteed.

Mid-Asian Ibex

Mid-Asian Ibex

Shoulder height 37-42 inches (95-107 cm). Weight 175-220 pounds (80-100 kg), sometimes more. A large ibex, thick-legged and stoutly built, with a long, pointed chin beard and heavy, scimitar-shaped horns. The summer coat is short, becoming long, coarse and brittle in winter with a dorsal crest and thick undercoat. Color is variable, but generally in summer it is some shade of yellowish or grayish-brown with a darker dorsal stripe, dark underparts and legs, and without a lighter saddle patch. Winter coat is yellowish-white and usually there is a large, light saddle patch. The dorsal stripe, tail and beard are blackish-brown. The male’s horns are large and impressive, curving around to form three-fourths of a circle and tapering to relatively slender points. Horns are relatively flat on the front surface and have well-defined cross ridges. Older males are often solitary or in small groups of 3-4, frequently in more inaccessible terrain. Eyesight and sense of smell are excellent. Ibex hunt in Kazakhstan is one of the most popular mountain hunts. The trophies measuring 120 cm (47’’) and bigger can be guaranteed.

Siberian Roe Deer

Siberian Roe Deer

Body length of males 48-59 inches (123-151 cm), average 53 inches (134 cm). Shoulder height of males 33-39 inches (85-100 cm), average 35 inches (90 cm). Weight of males up to 130 pounds (59 kg). Skull length 8-1/2 to 10 inches (21,5-25,3 cm). The winter coat is grayish-brown with the typical white rump patch, but is much thicker and rougher than in European roe deer. Summer coat is a brighter and lighter red, and lacks the waviness on neck and shoulders. The skull is narrow and long. The antlers are also much larger, heavily pearled, widely separated at the base, and slant upward in the shape of a “V.” The coronets never touch as they often do in European roe. Typical antlers have three points to a side, as in European roe, but the rear tine is sometimes bifurcated, resulting in a non-typical fourth point. Some individuals grow other non-typical tines as well.

Hunting territory

Maral

Maral

Ili Alatau National park and Djungarian Alatau, Tokhty are considered to be the areas with best Maral trophies in all Asia. Maral inhabits the foothills and forests of Eastern Kazakhstan bordering with China.

Mid-Asian Ibex

Mid-Asian Ibex

Ibex inhabits the whole mountainous part of Kazakhstan, hunting is available at Ili Alatau, Djungarian Alatau, Altyn Emel National Park and Granitogorsk.

Siberian Roe Deer

 Siberian Roe Deer

Siberian roe deer hunting is done to the North of Kazakhstan near the Russian border, in the area of the Kustanaj city. It is an enormous area consisting of over a million square km, an infinite steppe with small woods alternated with fields and pastures.

Hunting

Ibex hunt

 Ibex hunt

You will get up early and have breakfast before light. Your hunt starts with a drive on 4X4 vehicle or horse, depending on the hunting area. You will explore the upper edges of the mountains seeking for trophy size males. Usually each hunting day you are able to see many ibexes. The final stalk is completed on foot.

Maral

 Maral

The Maral hunt requires using horses extensively. You will be able to take part in one of the greatest hunting experiences – bugling of a mature wapiti. Sometimes you will hear six to nine marals calling at the same time. Once the trophy is located, you complete your stark on foot. Be prepared to spend 4-5 days in a spike camp.

Roe deer

 Roe deer

Roe deer live in the woods and come into the open in the morning and in the evening, when they are hunted by waiting or by stalking. During the day driven hunts can be organized.

Route

You can reach Almaty by Aeroflot via Moscow, by Turkish Airlines via Istanbul, or by British Airways via London.

  • Granitogorskoe (Prime area): The hunting territory is located in Djambul region, 298 miles from Almaty. The base camp is located at the altitude of 5905 feet; the spike camp is at 8860 feet. You hunt at 8860-11480 feet. Expect 10 days trip, 7 days hunt.
  • Ili Alatau: Altitude up to 13 000 feet (4000 m) with base camp at 7500 feet (2300 m)). Upon arrival to Almaty, you will be transferred to the hunting area, it will take 2 hours and will be accommodated in the base camp. Next day you will travel to the fly camp. Expect 10 days hunt.
  • Djungarian Alatau: Altitude about 8500 to 9000 feet. After passing through all the customs formalities at Almaty airport, you will be transferred to the hunting area. You will rest a bit in order to adjust to time change. Expect 7 days hunt in this camp.
  • Altyn Emel National Park: The least physically demanding Ibex hunt conducted in at only about 5000 feet (1500 m). Plan 5-day hunt, 7-8 day trip.

Accommodation

The main camps are located in high mountain valleys approximately at 7000-8000 feet (2100-2450 m). Hunters and guides stay in traditional yurts. Yurts are large, handmade woolen (felt) tents, round in shape. They are equipped with stoves that are kept stoked all night, regular sleeping cots and tables and chairs. There are separate yurts for sleeping, dining and one for sauna and shower. A field washer with hot water is also available. Camps are kept clean, warm and comfortable but have no modern conveniences (running water, flush toilets etc). Spike camps, consisting of modern mountain tents, are used often to stay overnight when needed. Meals consist of hot meals for breakfast and dinner, sandwiches, snacks and drinks for lunch.

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