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Bukharan Markhor in Tajikistan

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Season Dates:
January, February, October, November, December
Guide Ratio:
1 Hunter, 2 Guides
Tajikistan, Asia
Any Weapon, Archery, Muzzleloader, Rifle
Trip Methods:
Hiking, Spot and Stalk, Vehicle
12 Days

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Bukharan Markhor hunting in Tajikistan is a challenging and physically demanding hunt, as these animals are found in remote and mountainous regions. Hunters are required to be in good physical condition and must have a high level of shooting skills to be successful. However, the fees generated from trophy hunting are used for conservation efforts to protect the species and its habitat. It also provides income to local communities and contributes to the development of ecotourism in the region.

Bukharan Markhor is a species of wild goat found in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan. This hunt is located in Tajikistan. These animals are known for their impressive spiral horns, which can grow up to 160 cm in length in males. Bukharan Markhor hunting is a popular activity among international hunters who visit Tajikistan. This Markhor stands 65 to 115 centimeters (26 to 45 in) at the shoulder, 132 to 186 centimeters (52 to 73 in) in length and weigh from 32 to 110 kilograms (71 to 240 lb) It has the highest maximum shoulder height among the species in the genus Capra, but is surpassed in length and weight by the Siberian Ibex. The coat is of a grizzled, light brown to black color, and is smooth and short in summer, while growing longer and thicker in winter. The fur of the lower legs is black and white. Markhor are sexually dimorphic with males having longer hair on the chin, throat, chest and shanks. Females are more red in color, with shorter hair, a short black beard, and are maneless. Both sexes have tightly curled, corkscrew-like horns which close together at the head, but spread upwards toward the tips. The horns of males can grow up to 170 cm (68 inches) long, and up to 25 cm (10 inches) in females. They have a pungent smell, which surpasses that of the domestic goat. Bukharan Markhor are adapted to mountainous terrain, and can be found between 600- 3,600 meters in elevation. They typically inhabit scrub forests made up primarily of oaks, pines and junipers. Markhor are diurnal, and are mainly active in the early morning and late afternoon. Their diet shifts seasonally: in the spring and summer periods they graze, but turn to browsing in winter, sometimes standing on their hind legs to reach high branches.

Tajikistan has a rich variety of wildlife and is considered one of the top destinations for trophy hunting in Central Asia. Bukharan Markhor hunting in Tajikistan is strictly regulated and can only be carried out by licensed hunters. The government of Tajikistan has set strict quotas to ensure that the population of these animals is not endangered.

The mating season or rut takes place in winter, during which, the males fight each other by lunging, locking horns and attempting to push each other off balance. The season runs from October through February, and the best time for hunting is around October and November, which is not so cold. Hunting area is 4-6 hours from Dushanbe airport. elevation is approx. 1000-1200 meters to the hunting area. Accommodations are mainly guest houses. Depending on the hunt, it’s possible to sleep in a tent as well. Average trophy is 40-43 inches. Duration approx. 8 hunting days. Hunting permits are issued by the Committee of Environmental Protection under the government of Tajikistan. Hunters are required to hire licensed hunting guides and follow strict regulations during the hunting expedition.

The weather between October and February in Tajikistan can be quite cold, particularly in the higher elevation regions where Bukharan Markhor hunting is carried out. During this time, the temperatures can range from around -5 to 10 degrees Celsius (23 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit) in the lower elevations and can drop well below freezing in the higher elevations.

In the mountains where Bukharan Markhor hunting takes place, snowfall is common and can make the terrain more difficult to navigate. Hunters should be prepared for challenging hunting conditions and should pack appropriate cold-weather gear, including warm clothing, boots, and gloves.

It's also worth noting that weather conditions in Tajikistan can be unpredictable and can change quickly. It's important for hunters to keep an eye on the weather forecast and plan accordingly to ensure a safe and successful hunting experience.

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