Since Pakistan became apart of the British Empire’s Indian colonies , it has been renown for excellent hunting for a myriad of game species that make their home in the mountains here. The country which is almost 800,000 square kilometers in size – nearly 17 time the size of Denmark – incorporates many mountain ranges that are geographically isolated from each other, which has created habitats for some very varied species mountain sheep and goats and their many subspecies, all of which are much sought after by international mountain hunters.
Many of Pakistan’s native game species teetered on the brink of extinction – first and foremost because of local poaching – but in recent decades the country’s game populations have recovered to such an extent, that a limited level of thoroughly regulated trophy hunting can be carried out for selected, old male animals. Hunting licenses are sold at public tender, which means that prices vary according to demand. Of the money raised by the sale of hunting licenses, 20% goes to the state while 80% is distributed to the local inhabitants– a distribution model that has greatly contributed to the success of the wildlife conservation work carried out here.
We have established a partnership with Zoon Safaris – a reputable, well established outfitter, offering all the different types of hunt that are available in Pakistan. Licenses and trophy fees for the individual mountain game fluctuate in both price and availability from year and year, depending of tha availability of animals and market demand. At the lower end of the price spectrum lie the wild boar hunts, which can be arranges as either individual hunts or driven hunts. Ibex hunts are somewhat more expensive while the hunts for the rarer species, for example, the sub-species of markhor are, because of the limited number of licenses and the high international demand for them, are amongst some of the most expensive hunting arrangements in the world.
Zoon Safari arrange hunting for the following species: Kashmir markhor, Astor markhor, Suleiman markhor, Himalayan ibex, Sindh ibex, blue sheep, Punjab urial, Blandford urial, Afghan urial and wild boar. No matter which hunt you travel to Pakistan for, a very distinctive travel experience awaits you here, in a culture that is totally different from that which most of us are used to moving about in. Expect long days travelling, driving for may hours along bad roads. The countryside is wild and physically challenging. Real adventure awaits you here.
Scientific Name: Pseudois nayaur Subspecies: 3 subspecies have been described: 1. Southern Blue Sheep (Pseudois n. nayaur): Kashmir, Nepal, Sikkim and Tibet. 2. Northern Blue Sheep (Pseudois n. szechuanensis): China: Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. 3. Blue Sheep, Dwarf Bharal (Pseudois n. schaeferi): Central Sichuan and Drupalung (China). Habitat: Mountains with grassy slopes above the tree-line...Read more
Scientific Name: Capra ibex Subspecies: Out of the 3 described subspecies (European Ibex, Siberian Ibex, Nubian Ibex), only 1 occur in the Holarctic-Asian region: 1. Siberian Ibex (Capra ibex sibirica). Some authors recognise another subspecies of the Siberian Ibex: Capra s. alaiana. This animal occur in the Tien Shan-Pamir-Altai region. Distribution: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir to China,...Read more
Scientific Name: Capra falconeri Sub-species: Astor or Astore markhor (Capra falconeri falconeri) scattered populations found in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan (can be hunted in Pakistan), Bukharan markhor (Capra falconeri heptneri) occurs in Tadjikistan and possibly Afghanistan (can be hunted in Tadjikistan), Kabul markhor (Capra falconeri megaceros) occurs in Afghanistan and...Read more
Scientific Name: Hemedragus jemlahicus Subspecies: None. Distribution: Kashmir to Nepal. (In 1904 the Himalayan Tahr was introduced into New Zealand from English game park stocks (see. Indo-pacific region). From there they were introduced into California, Florida and Texas (USA) and South Africa (Table Mountain on the Cape)). Habitat: Mountain forest with open grassy areas between 1.200 and...Read more
Scientific Name: Ovis orientalis vignei Sub-species: Afghan Urial (Ovis orientalis cycloceros): occurs in southern Turkmenistan, eastern Iran, Afghanistan, and northern Balochistan in Pakistan, Transcaspian Urial (Ovis orientalis arkal): Ustjurt-Plateau (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, northern Iran) and in western Kazakhstan, Blanford...Read more
Scientific Name: Sus scrofa Subspecies/Distribution: A total of 17 subspecies have been described, eleven of which occur in this region: 1. Sus s. attila: Caucasus, northern Iran, northern Turkey and Turkmeniya. 2. Sus s. lybicus: Southern Turkey to Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq. 3. Sus s. nigripes: Central Russia to Afghanistan and southern Iran, Kazackstan, eastern Tienshan and...Read more
Zoon Safari has many years experience of arranging successful hunts in Pakistan. They are used to hosting European clients and have built up a solid reputation for high quality thought the process, from the planning stage to the hunt itself and all the practical details that need to be done after the hunt is over. In principle Zoon Safaris can arrange all types of hunt that are legal in...Read more
Many different districts are used in the hunts for the different game species available in Pakistan. This is because the species available for hunting are spread out over much of the country – often you can only hunt one species in each district, and as the licenses are relatively few in number, you may only hunt in the district that has been allocated. Generally, this system ensures that...Read more