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Hunting in Turkey

Konya sheep in fact, is one of the two subspecies of mouflon that inhabits Turkey.

Although the total number of sheep was 40 back in 1966, the field survey conducted in the fenced area in 2001 revealed the population number as 1408.

Since the animals are hunted in isolated terrain and have no place to go, hunts can be carried out successfully any time within the season.

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Hunting in Turkey

Konya




OVERVIEW

Konya sheep in fact, is one of the two subspecies of mouflon that inhabits Turkey. While eastern population is classified as Ovis gmelini gmelini, known to hunters also as Armenian sheep, and seasonably migrates between Iran and the eastern Anatolia; the other population, totally isolated pocket of sheep listed as Ovis gmelini anatolica occupies the central part of the country.

Once spread all over central Turkey, Bozdag mountains had become the only existing site for these animals by the turn of the 20th century. With the approval of a new hunting law in 1937, the remaining number of these animals were declared as endangered species and were taken under protection. In 1966 the Ministry of Forestry declared 42.000 hectares of land as a wildlife protection area and any kind of hunting was prohibited in the area. Then in 1989, a land of 4000 hectares was allocated as a breeding station and fenced. Although the total number of sheep was 40 back in 1966, the field survey conducted in the fenced area in 2001 revealed the population number as 1408.

Since the carrying capacity of the fenced area has already been reached, TGDNPGW started to launch a re-introduction project a few years ago in order to put the sheep back into it’s original habitat. It seems that reintroduction activities will continue in light of experience gained from the past efforts.





HOW TO ARRIVE

There are a number of ways to get to Konya. One can take a direct flight to Ankara which is the nearest international airport to the city of Konya. Then a car ride of about 2½ hours on the highway has to be taken. Another option seems to be a domestic flight of about an hour from Istanbul to Konya. Turkish Airlines has direct daily flights to Istanbul both from United States (New York, Chicago, Los Angles) and from many major European cities.




AREAS, ALTITUDE, METHOD

Bozdag mountains are the only place where these species can be hunted as it is the last refugee of these rare animals. The hunting ground lies around at 1800 – 2000 meters and can easily be reached from Konya with a short car ride of 45 minutes. Some glassing and driving is involved until a ram that bears a desirable horn length is spotted.




SEASON, WEATHER, ACCOMMODATION

The season for this hunt starts from September onwards and goes on through the end of January. Best time is considered to be October and early November. Weather conditions during this period are ideal for hunting. In December and January some snow fall and cold weather conditions can be expected.




DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Our Konya sheep organization is for 6 days with 4 days reserved for hunting although it can practically be completed in one or two days. Here is the tentative itinerary;

Day 01. Arrival to Istanbul or Ankara and transfer to the area (4-5 hours drive) same day.

Day 02-05. Hunt Konya sheep.

Day 06. Fly back to Istanbul or Ankara and home.

As it is mentioned above, our representative will meet you at the airport upon your arrival and you will be accompanied by either this person or your PH throughout your stay in the country. Our people are also going to take care of rifle handling in Istanbul and thanks to hunting & rifle licenses taken by us beforehand, it will not take too much time.




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