Marco Polo Argali is one of the most prestigious and important trophies of all the wild sheep in the world. The population of Marco Polo Sheep is increased enormously and today its population is estimated around 30.000, distributed among the countries of Tajikistan, Kirgizia, Afghanistan and China.
Southeastern part of Tajikistan is most probably home to the healthiest Marco Polo population in the world. National field surveys indicate that country holds about 10.000 sheep while some others think that the actual number is a bit higher.
Tajikistan has the reputation of having produced the biggest rams in the SCI book. If your top priority as a mountain hunter is a high quality trophy, there is no alternative but booking your trip to Tajikistan. Here almost every season for the last couple of years, a few 60’’ class rams are collected by hunters. Due to the better genes that the Tajik argali population has and the pre-scouting done by the locals prior to hunt, Marco Polo hunting is more productive in terms of trophy quality than its neighboring Kyrgyzstan.
The population and density are so high that within a day time 300 to 1000 sheep can be spotted. In any case a hunter can see hundreds of sheep each day and have plenty of chances to harvest his ram of choice. Average rams of the Pamir reach a horn length of 137 - 145 cm (54"-55") and can grow up to 152-165 cm (70"-73").