Hunting in Mongolia

 

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Introduction

Located in the landlocked plateau between Russian Siberia and the plains of northern China, Mongolia makes a geographically and culturally dramatic impression. Within this enchanting country’s borders, you can experience boundless wonders of nature. Mongolia’s pristine mountains, unspoiled Gobi desert and sweeping grasslands are home to a vast natural heritage. The wildlife includes snow leopards, wild horses and camels, Gobi bears, wild sheep and goats, gazelles, antelope and more. The crystal clear rivers and astonishingly blue lakes are abundant with fish and hundreds of species of endemic and migrating birds. If you are in search of a retreat or a creative charge, you will surely find it in the peace and serenity of Mongolia’s Buddhist culture and the warm traditions of the nomadic lifestyle.

Being far from any ocean influence, Mongolia has a very continental climate. The summers are pleasantly warm, the winters are freezing cold. Mongolia is also known as the land of the blue sky. With over 280 sunny days a year, very little rain is to be expected during your stay in Mongolia.

Hunting in Mongolia is subject to very strict regulations. A foreigner hunting in Mongolia will need a hunting permission issued by the Mongolian Ministry of Nature and Environment. For Argali, the annual number of licenses is limited to 40. The requests for the licenses, particularly for Altai Argali, sometimes need to be made 2-3 years in advance. We need to fix your hunting permissions well in advance.

Currently, US citizen visiting Mongolia for leisure purposes do not need to obtain a visa prior to arrival. However, transit visas are required for China and may be applicable for Russia. As requirements occasionally change, we will assist you in determining any visa requirements at the time of your booking.
Your trophy will be caped out by your local guide. More detailed information relating to the field care of trophies will be supplied upon booking the hunts.

Local time in Ulaanbaatar is GMT +8 hours. Mongolia observes daylight savings time in the summer months. Electricity in Mongolia is generally at 220 volts AC, therefore, for most 110 appliances you will need both an adaptor for the proper plug configuration and a converter for the correct current.

Hunting season


Altay Argali, Hangay Argali and Gobi Argali: July 20 – November 15
Altay Ibex and Gobi Ibex: June 1 – November 15
Best time to come for Argali is from the end of September to October. The weather conditions are quite comfortable. The temperature is 40-59 F (5 to 15 С) during the day with frosts in the night.

Trophy

Altay Argali

Altay Argali

Altai Argali is the crown jewel of Sheep Hunter’s trophy rooms around the globe. Altay Argali is the biggest wild sheep in the world and without doubt the most beautiful and impressive of all wild sheep. Shoulder height about 48 inches (122 cm), possibly more. Weight 400-450 pounds (181-204 kg), sometimes more. The horns have rounded frontal edges, are heavily corrugated, and when fully developed will form more than a complete circle. The longest horns of record measured 71 3/4 inches (182.2 cm) (1973). Bases exceeding 22 inches (55.9 cm) have been recorded. Horns and skull, without the lower jaw, can weigh as much as 75 pounds (34 kg). General color in winter is light brown tinged with gray. Rump patch, belly, lower legs and face are white. Summer coat is much shorter and lighter, with the upper parts a uniformly speckled brown and white, and the rump patch only slightly lighter than the back. This subspecies does not grow a neck ruff.

Altay Ibex

Altay Ibex

The best value in Ibex hunting is in the Altai Mountains. Historically, the largest Ibex in Mongolia, measuring up to 53 inches (135 cm), come from the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia. Most Ibex taken in the Altai Mountains are in the range of 40-45 inches (100-115 cm), with few trophies reaching record size of 50 inches (127 cm) each season. Success rates have remained greater than 100 percent throughout the season over the past 10 years. The quality of the trophy in the Ibex hunt areas has been maintained at an exceptional high level.

Shoulder height 37-42 inches (95-107 cm). Weight 175-220 pounds (80-100 kg), sometimes more. Females are much smaller. 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. Females grow short, thin horns and lack beards. Gregarious, living in herds of 40-50, sometimes more. Older males are often solitary or in small groups of 3-4, frequently in more inaccessible terrain. A grazer. Eyesight and sense of smell are excellent.

Gobi Argali

Gobi Argali

Shoulder height 41-46 inches (104-117 cm). Weight 300 pounds (135 kg) or more. One of the largest Argalis, with horns similar to those of an Altai Argali, being nearly as massive but a little shorter. Upper parts are a variegated yellowish-brown; the flanks and front of thighs are a more uniform darker brown. The sides are buff, the rump patch light buff and diffuse, the tail with a brown center line, the belly whitish, and the muzzle, sides of face and upper throat a grizzled grayish-brown. This subspecies does not grow a neck ruff.

Gobi Ibex

Gobi Ibex

General color is pale brown without a lighter saddle. The horns are shorter and slimmer than those of the Siberian Ibex, but the cross ridges are often larger and closer together. This subspecies of  Siberian Ibex is found in the Gobi Desert. Special areas are used for this hunt where there are large concentrations of Ibex and success is guaranteed. The plains surrounding the hunting areas are rich with Blacktail Gazelle, which is smaller than Whitetailed Gazelle. Their trophies reach 10 to 15 inches (25-38 cm). Whitetailed Gazelle can be found in the Southern and Eastern plains of Mongolia. They graze in large herds numbering several hundreds. White Gazelles change their habitat with the seasons. Their trophies reach 8 to 12 inches (20-30 cm). Being larger in body size than Blacktailed Gazelle, the Whitetailed Gazelle has smaller horns. Mongolia is home to the world’s largest Mongolian Elk concentration and has emerged as prime site for trophy “bull elk” at reasonable prices. Success rates for 6×6 trophies have remained greater than 95 percent over the past years with numerous heavy – horned 7×6, 7×7 and 7×8 trophies taken. These success rates are a product of the large population of Asian Wapiti and our foremost arrangements. This hunt is obviously the greatest hunting bargain you could hope to find around the world. Permits are limited and this package sells out rapidly each year.

Hangay Argali

Hangay Argali

Hangay Argali category was established in 1997 for record-keeping purposes. It is not a recognized subspecies (at least not yet), but is a distinct population in Mongolia that is neither Altai nor Gobi, as it is located a good distance east of the Altai mountains and north of the Gobi mountains. Body and horn size in this area is consistently smaller than in Altai rams, but larger than in Gobi rams and, furthermore, this area is neither Altai nor Gobi, but is part of the Hangay range.

Hunting territory

Hunting in Mongolia is a terrific experience. You will explore the mountains, deserts and forest regions of the country. Altay Argali is found in Altay in the west of Mongolia with hard terrain and great elevation changes. Gobi Argali inhabits the mountain areas of Gobi desert, in the south and south-west regions of Mongolia. The terrain is moderate; therefore the hunt is easier physically. Here also you can hunt Goby Ibex, Blacktail or Whitetail Gaselle and Wolf.

Hunting

The hunting is done on foot using jeeps for transportation to the hunting area. Good number of rams is found at 7000-8500 feet (2300-2800 m). During the day you will explore the upper edges of the mountains, glassing the hillsides, feeding and resting areas. You will spot rams, evaluate their size, and then make the stalk.

Route

From the USA to Mongolia

To get to Mongolia from the USA, there are different flight options. You can fly with AirKorea transit in Seoul and then continue to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. You could also fly with Nippon airlines to Japan or AirChina to Beijing, but those options are more expensive. An alternative is to fly through Europe. From any city in Europe you can take an Aeroflot flight to Ulaanbaatar Mongolia (with transit in Moscow) or Mongolian Airlines from Berlin.

  • Altay Argali: 16 day itinerary
  • Hangay Argali: 14 day itinerary
  • Gobi Argali: 14 day itinerary
  • Altay Ibex: 7 day itinerary, 3 day hunt and 9 day itinerary, 5 day hunt
  • Gobi Desert Ibex: 7 day trip, 3 day hunt and 9 day trip, 5 day hunt
  • Altay Ibex and Gobi Ibex: 14 days itinerary
  • Gobi Ibex and White Gazelle: 10 day itinerary
  • White Gazelle and Wolf: 7 day itinerary
  • White Gazelle and Sandgrouse: 7 day itinerary

From Europe to Mongolia

From any city in Europe you can take an Aeroflot flight to Ulaanbaatar with a transit in Moscow. An alternative is to take a flight to Berlin and board the Mongolian Airline flight to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

  • Altay Argali: 16 day itinerary
  • Hangay Argali: 14 day itinerary
  • Gobi Argali: 14 day itinerary
  • Altay Ibex: 7 day itinerary, 3 day hunt 9 day itinerary, 5 day hunt
  • Gobi Desert Ibex: 7 day trip, 3 day hunt 9 day trip, 5 day hunt
  • Altay Ibex and Gobi Ibex: 14 days itinerary
  • Gobi Ibex and White Gazelle: 10 day itinerary
  • White Gazelle and Wolf: 7 day itinerary
  • White Gazelle and Sandgrouse: 7 day itinerary

Accommodation

The camps are strategically positioned nearby hunting ranges to easily access the hunting area within the shortest time. These are isolated wilderness facilities with very limited access to the outside world, enhancing the hunting and the adventure experience. Camp accommodations are in “gers” which are felt tents wrapped around a collapsible wooden frame. They are 9 feet (2,8 m) high and 15 feet (4,5 m) in diameter, much larger than standard wall tents. These sturdy tents are very comfortable and serve as the traditional year round living dwelling for nomads in Mongolia. Your ger will be furnished with spring beds, mattress, bedding, and wood burning stove. Hearty meals are prepared in camp by our camp chefs. Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar are in professionally selected fine hotels.

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