Alfred L Wynn
Blanco, TX 78606 USA
Species: Mid -Asian ibex
Date taken: 11/29/2013
Location: Kyrgyzstan, Tian Shan Mountains near Engilchek River in Issyk Kul province
Outfitter: Stalker Group
Guide: Evgeniy Kharitonov
Highlights: This hunt was a last minute replacement for my September Gobi ibex hunt that was cancelled by the Mongolian government. It turned out to be the best hunt of my six trips to Asia---not the largest trophy but, the best mountains, guides, camp, stalking---an unforgettable horseback adventure! I am getting ahead of myself. It started in Houston where I met for the first time my world-famous hunting companion, Bob Speegle. We would be hunting out of the same base camp in Kyrgyzstan and were travelling on the same flights to Istanbul and Bishkek. I heard many of his stories over the next ten days that are so colorfully captured in his book, A Hunting Life. I feel very fortunate to have shared so much time with a living legend from our sport.
We were met at the Bishkek airport by our two Stalker Group guides/translators Evgeniy and Vadim and by our local outfitter Tatyana of Tour Khan Tengri. Her son would be our driver for the next 8 hours as we made our way by van along the northern shores of Lake Issyk Kul to the resort city of Karakol. There we obtained our hunting license and special security permit to hunt along the Chinese border. We changed drivers and vehicles for the next leg of the journey---another six hours via a 4 wheel drive Russian-jeep type van into the Tian Shan Mountains. The van was slow and underpowered but highly capable off-road. We traversed narrow side hill cuts and almost a lunar landscape near an abandoned Soviet granite mine and factory. We arrived at the resort Jay Loo which would serve as our base camp at around 10 PM.