World Record Marco Polo Sheep

World Record Marco Polo Sheep

A new world record has been set for Marco Polo argali! Safari Club International has officially recognized the trophy, which measures an incredible 72 x 71 inches and scores 256. It surpasses the previous Number One by 4 3/8 inches.

The sheep was taken by Hossein “Soudy” Golabchi, who also holds the Number Two and Number Three spots in the SCI Record Book for Marco Polo. In fact, Golabchi, who is well known in sheep hunting circles, holds seven of the Top 10 Marco Polo trophies.

Golabchi took the ram in Tajikistan in the mountains around Karakul Lake. He simply says this was his 30th time hunting Marco Polo sheep in Tajikistan and he keeps going back.

The Marco Polo is one of the finest wild sheep and is one of the very top hunting trophies.

A member of the Asia 8 for good reason, these rarely descend below 3,000 m (10,000 ft.) The hunt is usually conducted at altitudes of 4,500 – 5,500 meters (15,000 – 18,000 ft.) Top physical condition is required. High altitude sickness with pulmonary edema, which strikes some hunters, may require emergency evacuation. One should not attempt this hunt without a thorough medical examination. Horses are sometimes used.

Any flat shooting cartridge in 7mm Mag. to 300 Mag. range caliber is adequate. Shots are expected at 270-390 yards (250-350 meters). It is necessary to bring good quality mountain boots, warm clothing, sleeping bag, sunglasses and sunscreen. The duration of the tour is usually 9-10 days from arrival, and the trophy is usually obtained on the 3 – 5th day of hunting.

Where to hunt Marco Polo Sheep


Tajikistan is the premier destination for Trophy Marco Polo Sheep Hunts, and for good reason, it consistently produce the biggest rams! Sheep hunting season in Tajikistan is September through March.


Because of the permitting, this is a hunt you will want help booking.  We hand deliver your export permit to the proper US office and see it through the entire process. Ibex and Asian wolves are also available on a trophy fee basis. Hunting season in Kyrgyzstan is March-April and August 15-December 15.

Here are some more things to consider before booking your Marco Polo hunt.

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