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.
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.
Hunting huge Asian wild boars in Turkey
By Craig Boddington
Donna and Craig Boddington and outfitter Kaan Karakaya with Donna's outstanding Asian wild boar, taken in northern Turkey.
It was so dark we had to use flashlights, but the beam was dim in the misty rain, barely touching the grizzled form at the end of the shallow pool of light. I was in the rear because it wasn’t my pig. Donna was up front, rifle ready; our friend and outfitter Kaan Karakaya was at her shoulder, playing the light over the pig. It looked pretty dead to me, and in fact it was, but in the poor light it didn’t look very big. So I wasn’t surprised when Kaan, in his perfect clipped English said, “Sorry, it’s a small one.”
Donna and Craig Boddington and outfitter Kaan Karakaya with Donna's outstanding Asian wild boar, taken in northern Turkey.READ MORE