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Hunting in Turkey

As a big game animal, Bezoar rank up there with the best and is one of the most sought after trophy animals in the hunting world.

For more than a period of three decades, Turkey has hosted trophy hunters from all over the world, who were in pursuit of this elusive animal and today is considered to be the number 1 destination available for trophy hunters.

At this point, as an ibex specialist, Caprinae Safaris offers you the best Turkey ibex hunting experience in this region.

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Hunting in Turkey

Taurus Mountains & Eastern Anatolia




OVERVIEW

Bezoar ibex is one of the most uniquely created member of the goat family in the world and accepted as the most handsome of the ibex species by some. Amongst all the ibex, it has the longest horns compared to its body size, reaching up to 57” in some cases. The hide of the male ibex is decorated in a wonderful harmony of black and ash colors during the winter season. Turkey is the major destination for Bezoar hunters, with its great population and excellent trophy quality since all other places with some population of this species are close to trophy hunting. Depending on the area, late November and December are the rutting season and these months, along with January and February are the most suitable for hunting. Legal limit anyone is allowed to collect by game law is eight years and older while average size can vary between 40-44” from area to area. Anything above 45’’ should be regarded as a very nice trophy although 50” considered to be the magic number. This hunt also can be combined with the Anatolian chamois, Hybrid ibex and wild boar





HOW TO ARRIVE

There are direct daily flights of Turkish Airlines and Delta from New York and Chicago to Istanbul. In addition to these, Turkish Airlines also have direct scheduled flights from some of the major hubs in US such as L.A., S.F., Houston, Miami, Boston, Atlanta and Washington to Istanbul. Istanbul also can be reached from many major European cities easily. As Turkish Airlines has connecting flights to South of Turkey where we conduct our Bezoar hunts, we recommend our hunters to fly via Turkish Airlines as they can get the advantage of checking in all the way through to the last destination.

After you arrive in Istanbul, main entry to the the country, our representative will escort you to the domestic flights terminal where you will board on a flight which will take you either to the town of Adana or to Antalya. Both cities can be reached within 1 to 1 ½ hour flight. It is up to you if you would like to book your own flights until the last destination. But we may as well arrange your domestic flight on request.

After you arrive south of Turkey, we drive you to the hunting area directly which takes 2 to 4 hours depending on the area. Please notice that you will be accompanied by some of Caprinae staff throughout your stay in Turkey. You will never be left alone from the moment you step into the country until the last minute.




AREAS, ALTITUDE, METHOD

Bezoar ibex has a wide distribution and is hunted in many areas in the southern part of Turkey (Mediterranean coast), on Taurus mountain range which extends from west all the way to the east provinces of Anatolia namely Mersin, Adana, Niğde and Erzincan. The hunting grounds in the Taurus, covered with maquis and forests of pine and altitude varies between 2000’-4500’. Many areas can be reached from the airports in 2 to 4 hours with a smooth drive.

In all of the areas with Bezoar hunting, spotting & stalking type of hunt is the main method. Surely some of the areas are easier compared to many others. But one should always keep in mind that as a general rule, older billies live in rougher terrain where hunting requires good physical condition.




SEASON, WEATHER, ACCOMMODATION

The season for this hunt runs from September through the end of March. Depending on the area, late November and December are the rutting season and these months, along with January & February are the best period for hunting. Snow is to be expected after mid December on higher areas. Success rate is higher on these time frames but regardless of period we have been almost 95% in recent years. We recommend our hunters to come any time but especially from late November through mid January for a better chance to take bigger trophies. Although it is hard to make a general statement about weather conditions, the temperature should be around 45 – 50 F ( 7 – 10 C ) during the day in November while it is cooler in December and onwards due to the snow fall on tops.

Depending on the area, we provide different type of accommodations, such as; small and nice local hotels, hunting cabins, village or guest houses.




DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Mainly 7 actual hunting days are required for the Bezoar hunt, although it can be practically completed within 3-4 days. However we always reserve 7 days to be on the safe side. 

Day 01. Arrival to Istanbul, fly to south; Antalya or Adana airports, transfer to the area (2 to 4 hours drive) same day. 

Day 02-08. Hunt Bezoar Ibex. 

Day 09. Drive back to airport and fly back to Istanbul and home.

As it is mentioned above, when you arrive in Istanbul, our representative will meet you at the airport and you will not be left alone until your departure time. Our representative is also going to take care of rifle handling in Istanbul. 




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Grab your Bezoar Ibex with Caprinae Safaris.
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