Bezoar Ibex Hunt Report by Mark Chapman

This was a hunt for one of the most beautiful, majestic animals I have ever hunted.

Hunters: Mark Chapman
Date: December, 2017
Trip Taken: Bezoar Ibex Hunt in Turkey
Consultant: Mat Cervantes | OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL

This was a hunt for one of the most beautiful, majestic animals I have ever hunted.

In a country full of beautiful landscapes and friendly people. I feel that this Outfitter does their best to find you the best Trophy and to do whatever they can for you to accomplish that.

I was met at the airport in Konya, Turkey by Murot, the outfitter, the day before my hunt began. Murot mentioned that one of his guides had already been glassing for a trophy ibex and had spotted one that morning. He asked if I wanted to go straight to the hotel to rest after the 3 hour drive from the airport or if I wanted to go straight to the hunting area to see if we could spot it. There was no question in my mind what to do, I came all the way here to shoot a trophy ibex and I would never turn down an opportunity. Who cares if it’s the first evening? Not me.

When we arrived near the hunting area I was introduced to the guides, and was able to check to make sure my rifle was still on zero. We made our way to the top of the mountain by four wheel drive truck where we enjoyed some Turkish tea fresh off the open fire. We spent the next couple hours glassing the area and enjoying a beautiful sunset.

The next morning after a great breakfast, we headed out at dawn back to the mountain.

One of the guides stayed in the area where he had spotted the trophy ibex the morning before and I hiked with another guide over to another ridge to glass. After spotting several ibex we spotted one that was a shooter! Just as we were making a plan for a stalk I heard the other guide call my guide on the radio. He had spotted the ibex he had seen the morning before. The one we had been watching was estimated to be anywhere from 120 to 125 cm. The one they had spotted on the other side of the ridge was around 130 cm.

At that point we gathered our packs and headed back around to the other side where the monster ibex was. He was down in a large ravine where a few females were feeding. It was a very extreme angle shot from the top where I found a large rock to shoot off of. The range was around 250 yards. As the trophy stepped out from the brush I tried to concentrate on my shot placement instead of his massive horns. After a few seconds he turned broadside. As soon as he stopped I pulled the trigger of my 7 mm Mag. Losing sight of the ibex from the recoil, I could hear all the guides celebrating. I just killed my first Bezoar ibex!

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  • Overall, my trip was a great experience. In my opinion, I would prefer a little more communication between the outfitter and myself. but with that being said it could just be the culture difference between here and Turkey: 1) There was some extra charges at the end of the hunt that was unexpected; 2) The outfitter was wanting me to pay for the hotel.
  • My outfitter’s communication before, during and after the trip was good.
  • My guide was amazing.
  • Physically, the trip was easy.
  • The food and accommodations were good.
  • My consultant was Mat Cervantes.
  • My consultant’s communication before, during and after the trip was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more.
  • My consultant was very knowledgeable, and a pleasure to talk to.
  • Would you book another trip with us in the future? Yes
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