Hunting in the Rest of the World

An expedition to central Asia in search of the magnificent mid-Asian ibex.

By Diana Rupp

In October 2014, I traveled to the fascinating country of Kazakhstan, along with my husband, Scott, to hunt one of the world's most interesting mountain animals, the mid-Asian ibex. This successful and enjoyable trip was arranged by The Hunting Consortium. You can read the story of the hunt in the January/February 2015 issue of Sports Afield. Because space did not allow Sports Afield to publish as many of the photos from the hunt as I would have liked, I am posting here some additional photos from our fantastic central Asian adventure.

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Sometimes it's the hardships and challenges we experience on hunting trips that make our adventures truly memorable.

By James C. Reed

If you’re going to hunt in some of the world’s most remote places, you’d better be prepared for some unexpected adventures. Being a hunter with a restless spirit, I can’t seem to get enough of the both the joys and hardships that come with hunting the world’s far-flung regions.  Here are a few of the most memorable tests of my “mental fortitude” I’ve experienced to date.

A Party in Pakistan
Now I don’t speak a word of the Pakistani language, but when I was stranded by weather in a high-mountain village not far from the Afghanistan border, with an official trying to extort $1,000 from me with a great deal of yelling and pointing, I understood the word “Taliban” very well.

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A European Hunting Tradition

One of the many charms of hunting in European countries is the importance of tradition. Age-old rituals meant to honor the game animal and the hunter are still practiced in many regions.

A roebuck from Austria and the "last bite."

One of these traditions is the letzebissen, or last bite, which is practiced in Germany, Austria, Holland, and some Eastern European countries. The animal is placed upon a bed of leaves as a sign of respect, and a sprig of vegetation is placed in its mouth. Another sprig of greenery is placed in the successful hunter's hatband to let others know of his or her good fortune. And if you hunt in Germany or Austria, you will hear the term "Weidmannsheil," which functions as a good-luck sendoff as well as a form of congratulations when you return with that telltale sprig of vegetation in your hatband.

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