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Hunting in Pakistan

Acknowledged as the most sought after markhor race, Kashmir’s difference lies in the differing configuration of its horns although it closely resembles Astor in many cases. Known also as Pir Punjal, the animal is named after the territory it inhabits.

What makes it so unique is the rarity of the animal. 4 permits for each subspecies of markhor are annually granted by the Pakistani government which makes it a total of 12 licenses between 3 subspecies.

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Hunting in Pakistan

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OVERVIEW

Unattainable only two decades ago to the international trophy hunter as it was reserved solely as a prerogative for distinguished guests of presidents, this rare trophy can now be legally hunted by the very few fortunate ones.What makes it so unique is the rarity of the animal. 4 permits for each subspecies of markhor are annually granted by the Pakistani government which makes it a total of 12 licenses between 3 subspecies. Acknowledged as the most sought after markhor race, Kashmir’s difference lies in the differing configuration of its horns although it closely resembles Astor in many cases. Known also as Pir Punjal, the animal is named after the territory it inhabits.





HOW TO ARRIVE

There are daily and direct flights to Islamabad (capital) from a number of major European cities. Lufthansa and British Airways are flying to Islamabad directly from Frankfurt and London but both airports can be problematic for the ones who travel with guns. Another alternative is to use a connection through Dubai or Doha by flying Emirates. But this airline requires a three day gun notice. Therefore hunters who concludes their hunts earlier than planned may have to spend a few days in Islamabad before they board for the flight. When considered all, Turkish Airlines seems to be one of the best options for this destination as there are direct flights from Istanbul to Islamabad four times a week.

The guests will be met by one of our representatives at the airport and will be escorted to the domestic airlines terminal after the passport control and gun formalities are complete.

Chitral which is a starting point for Kashmir markhor hunts can be reached with a flight from Islamabad which lasts a little less than two hours. On the other hand, flights may not operate due to bad weather conditions especially in the months of January and February which leaves the hunter with two options: Wait in Islamabad until the conditions get better or take the ground transportation that may take around 14 hours to get to the area. Although this travelling time seems a bit too long, it is in fact advisable for the ones that are interested in cultural aspects of the trip.




AREAS, ALTITUDE, METHOD

Kashmir markhor inhabits the Northwest Territories of Pakistan more specifically Chitral valley. Probably the main concentration of this race is now in Chitral area. It occurs from about 40 miles north of Chitral town, southwards into Dir and westwards into Swat Kohistan. Around Chitral markhor can be hunted in 3 separate conservation areas with the help of the local communities.

Being a comparatively low altitude animal, markhor occupies the mountains between 2000 – 3000 meters in this area. As with any other mountain hunts, this one also requires a certain deal of physical activity although most of the time is far easier than the Astor markhor hunting. So the would-be-hunters are advised to get into good physical condition prior to hunt. Hunting method is basically the spot & stalk type.




SEASON, WEATHER, ACCOMMODATION

Legal hunting season for markhor runs from November through mid- April. However December is the best time as the rutting time may present some advantages. January and February and even early March has disadvantages with the weather as it can turn bad any time although hunts can be carried out.

Depending on the area accommodations may vary. Some of the areas offer good hotel accommodations. On the other hand local guest houses in villages may be used as a means of lodging depending on the locality.




TROPHY TREATMENT AND SHIPMENT

The skin of the trophy is carefully treated, ears, lips, nose are opened and salted and the scull are boiled and cleaned and later, the trophy carefully packed for shipment. After all papers are prepared which are necessary for the shipment, the shipment is sent to the address that you provide us with. Receiving the trophies could take a few months and shipment may cost around US$1000.




DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

In most cases travelling time in Pakistan takes more time than the hunting itself and Kashmir markhor hunts may fall into this category at times. Despite this fact, we would like to spare 12 days for this organization just to be on the safe side.

Day 01. Arrive Islamabad and fly to Chitral (2 hrs) and transfer to the camp (30 mn. thru 3 hrs).

Day 02-10. Hunt for Kashmir Markhor (7-8 days hunt).

Day 11. Return back to Chitral and fly to Islamabad.

Day 12. Fly home.




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