AMO1 – Hunting Tajikistan (Marco Polo and Ibex) with Asian Mountain Outfitters
Tajikistan Marco Polo and Ibex Hunts
Hands down, one of the best Marco Polo outfitters in the business.
If you are looking for a 55 inch + Marco Polo sheep, look no further. Tajikistan is the ultimate trophy destination for giant Marco Polo rams. Marco Polo hunting Tajikistan consistently produces the biggest rams in the world year after year! The average ram taken on this hunt will be in the mid-50s with a very real possibility to find a ram that will break that magical 60″ mark.
Marco polo hunting Tajikistan is as well regulated and safe as mountain sheep hunting can be. This outfitter works directly with the same local outfit and guides year in and year out. They will make sure you have all the necessary licenses, tags and permits as required. This North America based outfitter spends 2-3 months every year on the ground in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan evaluating hunting areas, trophy quality, guides, and scouting for trophy rams.
The early Marco polo sheep hunt runs from September through October. *On early season hunts you will spike out to give you the best opportunity to get on trophy rams.
The rut hunt runs Mid-November through December 25.
The late hunts run January 1 through March 1. On the late hunts you will usually return to base camp each night as the temperatures get quite cold. Typically you will travel to and from camp by either vehicle or foot.
Why you should consider Marco Polo hunting Tajikistan:
- North American outfitter.
- In addition to booking with a North American outfitter, you will also have an interpreter with you.
- Ibex are also available on a trophy fee basis.
- Travel and permit arrangements
- Firearm permit
- Visa Support (invitation letters)
- Meet and greet at airport
- All hunting licenses, tags and permits
- Area fees and taxes
- Russian Cites and Vet Cert
- English Speaking Interpreter
- Local Guide and assistant per hunter
- Food and Lodging during hunt
- Transportation during hunt
- Trophy prep
- VIP Transfers through Dushanbe Airport
*Prices subject to change without notice, so lock your price in with a deposit asap.
Lodging and Accommodations
The hunting areas vary as some will have well-equipped base camp(s) with permanent structures, outhouses, generators, and trophy care facilities. While other camps will be more of a spike camp with Yurts, Portable Trailers and tents. Heat is by coal or dung burning stoves.
Food is basic meats, rice and pasta, salami, bread, nuts, fruits and vegetables and soups. If you like special snack foods, coffee or drink mixes you will need to brings those with you. Tea is served with every meal, sodas, juice, beer and vodka are also available.
This is a real hunt for real hunters with one of the best operations in the business. This North America based outfitter spends 2-3 months every year on the ground in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan evaluating hunt areas, trophy quality, guides, as well as doing some guiding himself. All to ensure that his clients have the best possible adventure and opportunity to harvest a trophy Marco Polo Sheep of a lifetime.
Hunts in Tajikistan are well regulated and as safe as mountain hunting can be. This outfitter works directly with the same local outfit and guides year in and year out. They will make sure you have all the necessary licenses, tags and permits as required.
Have a U.S. or Canadian Guide accompany you on the hunt. This can help you determine the difference between a 55″ ram and a 58-60″ ram. You will also have an interpreter with you.
You will also have an interpreter with you. Pretty much all of the camps have sat phones and radios, but we highly encourage hunters to bring their own sat phone as well. We can help you make arrangements to rent a sat phone for your trip.
Our Outfitter will help you make travel arrangements to Dushanbe, Tajikistan where you will be met by an interpreter and camp management.
We highly recommend that you purchase the VIP or CIP transfers for clearing customs as there are far fewer hassles and the service is much better.
You will get your visa upon arrival at the Airport in Dushanbe.
You will also want to make sure that you get a U.S. Customs Declaration form for your firearm prior to leaving the U.S. otherwise it can be a royal pain trying to prove ownership of your firearm.
Once you clear customs, you and your baggage will load up in a 4×4 vehicle (most are Toyota Land Cruisers) and drive several hundred miles to the hunting area. Most drives to base camp take 18-25 hrs depending on camp location and weather.
On the drive to camp you will stop and stay at a hotel in Khorog for the night and complete your drive the following day.
Detailed Travel Schedule:
Day 1: Arrive in Dushanbe, Tajikistan where you will be met at the airport. Staff will help clear your rifle and make sure you have your visa. Stay the night in hotel.
Day 2: Drive to Khorog (13-16 hrs) stay in hotel
Day 3: Drive from Khorog to Base Camp (6-8 hrs) sight in rifle and relax.
Days 4 – 12: Marco Polo hunting or if you are tagged out you can hunt Ibex or leave early.
Day 13: Drive to Khorog, and overnight at a Hotel.
Day 14: Drive to Dushanbe.
Day 15: Catch your return flight home.
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The Weather Can Be Harsh in Tajikistan!!!
Due to the elevations you will be hunting at you need to show up prepared to hunt in anything from 0-50 degrees. You will be hunting in elevations ranging from 10,000-16,500 feet, so you may also want to get a prescription for Diamox in case you develop any altitude sickness.
Suggested Gear List for a Mountain Hunt
Remember, a mountain hunt is typically a backpack-style. You’ll be on the move, spiking out, and you’ll want to go light, and use synthetic or wool clothing ONLY. Do not take cotton! If you stick to this gear list, you’ll have everything you need on your hunt. If you’re on a guided hunt, your outfitter will provide a Satellite phone, or an Inreach for emergencies, and a first aid kit. Also, food, stove, fuel, water filters and tents will be provided on a guided hunt.
You may have other items on this list that you want to bring. Please bring anything you think you may need but remember the highest luxury on a mountain hunt is light weight. Keeping your pack light for day trips or hikes to spike camps will make your hunt much easier and more enjoyable than any heavy luxury item you may desire. If you show up with a very heavy load, your guide will likely have a culling session with you and your gear.
Any items that are not needed in spike camps may be left at a base camp.
- Good, sturdy mountain boots: We recommend Lowa Hunter EVO, Scarpa Wrangell, LaSportiva Glacier, Kennetrek, Hoffman, Zamberlain, Lathrop and Sons. Please DO NOT show up with brand new boots, break them in. Even if it is just wearing them for a few weeks in your daily routine.
- Socks: 3 pairs high quality wool socks.
- Sock Liners: 3 pair Wigwam Gobis®™
- Duct Tape: 1 – 10 feet of Duct tape VERY IMPORTANT!! Apply Duct tape (regular duct tape, not gorilla tape or other thicker brands) to any “hot spot” or sore area; directly to your skin, BEFORE you get blisters. This is a proven method, far superior to moleskin or other blister remedies. Blisters can ruin your hunt, DO NOT wait for a convenient location to stop, do it as soon as you feel anything uncomfortable.
- Long Underwear: (light weight) 1 top, 1 bottom; wool or synthetic
- Long Underwear: (mid-weight) 1 top, 1 bottom; wool or synthetic
- Pants: 1 pair durable synthetic or Schoeller fabric equivalent.
- Shirt: (midweight) 1 Long sleeve, wool or synthetic
- Jacket: Fleece
- Raingear: Lightweight jacket and pants or bibs.
- Overcoat: Synthetic parka with hood.
- Gloves: 1 pair wool or fleece
- Hat: wool or fleece
- Gaitors: 1 pair of Outdoor Research gaiters or equivalent.
- Gore Tex fly fishing waders with high quality wading boots (important for crossing shallow streams on hunts in Alaska).
- Water Bottles: 2 32 oz. H2O Bottles
- Sleeping pad: 1 Thermarest Ridgerest or Neo Air.
- Sleeping Bag: 0°ƒ Synthetic filled mummy bag.
- Binoculars: 10×42
- UV Sunglasses
- Trekking poles
- Backpack: frame or internal frame pack 5,500 cubic inches.
- Lightweight Dry Bags for gear.
- Kahtoola Microspikes
- Game bags
- Handheld GPS unit
- Lens cleaner
- 1 Liter water bottle
- Bic lighter
- Spotting Scope with Tripod
- Rubber gloves
- Hunting License, Permit Paperwork, and Locking Tag (if needed)
- Travel clothes
- Taxidermist shipping tags
- Camp shoes
- Toiletries: medication, toothbrush, small toothpaste, sunscreen, sunglasses etc.
Cash for Tips
A tip is a reward for a job well done. It is considered customary in the guiding industry as it is in the restaurant industry. Please tip on the effort of your guide, not necessarily the quality of your trophy. A tip of 10% is standard for a good job, slightly less for a satisfactory job. If you feel your guide has done a very poor job, do not tip them, and discuss it with your outfitter. Please feel free to openly discuss tipping with your guide. Most guides use the best equipment they can afford at their income level. Cash is generally preferred but if you want to use an item (rifle, binoculars, clothing etc) as a tip or portion of a tip please discuss it with your guide first.
(Set a self imposed yardage limit based upon your shooting ability that you are confident you can hit an 8” circle 99% of the time in hunting conditions. Share this limit with your guide, stick to that limit. You can almost always get closer with some effort. There are many variables in mountain hunting; wind, shot angle, and animal movements make long range shooting extremely unpredictable. If you arrive with a limit of 800 yards and have less than 5 years of service with Spec Ops or a sniper team, your guide will impose a realistic limit for you (likely around 400 yards) Make every possible effort for clean, first shot kill. Long range shooting classes are highly recommended but do not make up for thousands of rounds of real world practice required to shoot extreme distances.)
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