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Jeff is in such a hurry

Jeff is in such a hurry

J. Demaske had a long waiting period before his visa was issued for a trip to Pakistan. But he certainly made up for the lost time when he set foot on Pakistani soil. He collected 4 great size animals in 10 days including travelling time. It took him two days to score with two monster trophies in Karachi area including a 46 inch Sind ibex and 34 inch Blandford urial. His good luck travelled with him for the rest of the trip. He was then rewarded with a good size Punjap urial (29”) and a Himalayan ibex that was above the magic number of 40 inches. But what made this trip unique was that all these was done in ten days.

Susan struck it lucky again with a late season hunt

Susan struck it lucky again with a late season hunt

One of the weirdest things had happened to Susan on her first trip to Turkey. His dead Bezoar which was estimated to be a 50 incher had disappeared into thin air when they arrived to the kill site. But two years later a determined Susan returned to collect even a bigger billy. She has now settled this matter with these strikingly pretty animals and is taking home a giant, 130 cm (51”) Bezoar. Congratulations Susan.

One more for the Bears of the World

One more for the Bears of the World

A. Ceylan of Turkey is an avid hunter but he takes special joy in hunting bears. Collecting this monster 650CIC point European Brown bear in Romania earned him the SCI’s Grand Slam of the Bears of the World in diamond. We have been told that there isn’t any bear as big as this one even in the museum of Chavushescu, the former dictator of the country.  

Roger is against the statistics

Roger is against the statistics

Years ago Dennis Campbell made a comment about the combination hunts of 3 Tur species. At that time there were only 9 guys who had ever tried to collect 3 species of Tur on one trip and only 3 of them -out of 9- were successful in their pursuit. Not knowing the statistical figures, R. Flahive decided to take up that challenge. He indeed collected all three Tur, Dagestan, Mid Caucasian and the Kuban besides Caucasian chamois with flying colours. What is more, he was in Russia one week before the Caprinae staff arrived in order to make the summit of mount Elbrus at 5642 meters ( 18,510ft)   

Timing is crucial

Timing is crucial

P. Dooley had become a familiar face for us after visiting us at the SCI conventions in consecutive 2 years. He finally booked the hunt and made it to Turkey right in the middle of Bezoar rut. It seems like he was making plans for the right time to connect with this monster ibex. 

Last minute hunt

Last minute hunt

Pero Caveleros book this hunt at the very last minute as the season in Azerbaijan was drawing to a close. Despite all the negative conditions with weather on the mountain, Pero worked hard a few days passing a few animals and earned this great looking, huge size Dagestan Tur.  

Deandas are a part of the family after this many hunts with Caprinae

Deandas are a part of the family after this many hunts with Caprinae

David Deanda of Guadalajara (MX) has a large family with five sons whom all are hunters. David gets to be accompanied by one of his sons each time he takes a hunting trip abroad. This time it was Jorge’s turn. On this two destination-four animal trip, father and son went to Azerbaijan first and were awarded with two good Dagestan Tur that would leave any mountain hunter envious before they travelled to Turkey where they chased Mid eastern red stag in roar. Four days into the hunt both scored with two nice stags. We are wandering what their next trip with Caprinae will be.

Celebrating Super 20 together

Celebrating Super 20 together

M. Hansen and G. Smith did most of their international hunting together which included quite a few trips to different parts of Asia. Setting their goals for Super 20 happened somewhere on the way right after they both completed the 12 species for the Capra & Ovis World Slams. Being so close to 20, they figured a combination of multi species hunt on a single trip in several destinations would do the trick. In a two-week period they harvested Balkan (Macedonia), Carpathian (Romania) and Alpine chamois along with Alpine ibex (Switzerland) which earned them the Super 20. We are just wondering what these two gentlemen’s next...

Two Dagestan Tur in three days

Two Dagestan Tur in three days

It is always fun to hunt with J. Shockey. No doubt, he has a good sense of humor and he surely knows how to and when to use it. There is no need to tell you how deadly he is with his muzzleloader. But let us tell you, he is even deadlier with a rifle even though he uses it rarely. In July Jim and his cameraman Matthew, very nice young fellow from N.Z, showed up at the Baku airport. Whatever normal challenges on a hunt takes place, there are twice as many with a camera crew. But shooting a 40 inch Dagestan Tur with Jim did not take that long. Because there was no way to get within the Muzzloader range for this huge animal, Jim took him w...

In pursuit of Capra Super 40

In pursuit of Capra Super 40

M. Boyacioglu of Turkey set his goal for Capra Super 40 long time ago when one of his hunting buddies had already collected a mere 21 species of Capra. Murat had worked his way up to 18 species when he decided to book a hunt for two Tur species in Russia along with Caucassian chamois. Within a week time his count was up to 21 species when he included both Kuban Tur and the Mid Caucasian Tur. With the number of  hunts he already booked, it seems to us Murat will be celebrating his Super 30 by this time next year. 

WHOEVER SAYS “I DON’T MISS” IS EITHER LYING OR ISN’T HUNTING

WHOEVER SAYS “I DON’T MISS” IS EITHER LYING OR ISN’T HUNTING

As any honest shooter will admit, we’ve all screwed it up more than once. But I never saw A. Beck of Hungary miss any game animal even under very difficult hunting conditions and we have hunted together quite a few times. The last time Antal hunted with Caprinae was in Tajikistan for Marco Polo and Mid Asian ibex. He punched two holes in the ram while it was running at almost full trot at about 600 yards. He made the same kind of shot at his ibex smoothly. I was impressed by his shooting ability once more.

Success in the field is most often a product of effective training on the range. Antal lives in a ranch in his home town in Hun...

Mike did it again

Mike did it again

Mike had booked this hunt a few years ahead of time. Each time we got to see each other at the shows he reminded us he wanted a monster ibex. He had hunted with us once before and collected the new #1 Blandford urial. So, we knew his expectations were going to be bigger than ever. The area we chose for him was a good one. Although the animals were showing some indications of rut it was almost finished in this area. So we didn’t see too many billies. There was one animal we saw every day, of which we could have shot at anytime. This Ibex would have made a darn good trophy on anyone’s wall but we kept passing in hopes of finding something...

Konya sheep

Konya sheep

Although it was close to extinction not too long ago, Konya sheep nowadays has become Turkey’s most iconic game animal along with Bezoar. Once wide spread across the country, there were only 40 specimens left in their last habitat back in early 60s when the government passed a new law to take them under protection. Works which began by the end of 60s produced some impresive results and the animals multiplied to some 2000 by the beginning of new Milenium. Further plans were made to reintroduce some animals into their previous homeland. Thanks to Game Departments relentless effords, today we are able to hunt these magnificent animals in f...

A slam dunk for a hunting legend

A slam dunk for a hunting legend

H. Cuellar is a hunting legend who was presented with the Weatherby award nearly 30 years ago. Since then he has won all the major SCI awards and was given a bunch of other awards by difirent hunting and conservation organizations. Some argue that he is one of the greatest hunters of our modern times if the not grandest. We could not agree more with that as we had the privilidge to arrange a few hunts for him. At the age of 80 he still chase mountain game around the world. This time it was an easy one for Hector. He collected this outstanding Konya sheep on the second day into the hunt.      

The New World Record Blanford Urial

The New World Record Blanford Urial

Every hunter enjoys big trophies but not all of them are willing to make the special effort to get one. M. Adams is certainly one of those who goes to great lenghts. He sets his goal high and sticks to it. We often see him pass on good trophies in order to harvest the best. It may not work that way all the time but certainly worked out good on this occasion. He hunted for Blandford urial and Sind ibex in Pakistan in early January. Once more his persistence and hard work paid off on the third day and he shot a 34” ram that outscored the current world record by 3 points after the drying time was over. His Sind ibex shot on the first hun...


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