Hunting in Tajikistan
Tajikistan is a very traditional and interesting country in Asia. Ninety-three percent of Tajikistan’s territory is mountainous, and the mountain glaciers are the source of its rivers. More than fifty percent of the country is over 3,000 meters (9,800 ft) above sea level. The republic is bounded by China in the east, Afghanistan to the south, and Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to the west and north. The central Asian republic also includes the Gorno-Badakh Shan Autonomous region. Tajikistan was the poorest republic of the Soviet Union and is the poorest country in Central Asia as well today. The current economic situation remains fragile, primary sources of income are aluminum production, cotton growing and remittances from migrant workers.
Visiting Tajikistan is easy. Dushanbe has flight connections with several airports in Europe and Asia. Currently comfortable flights to Dushanbe are once a week directly from Frankfurt, Germany by Somonair carrier and three times a week from Istanbul using Turkish Airlines.
Citizens of most countries can easily obtain their visa.
In Tajikistan the journey starts from the international airport of Dushanbe. Because of the remoteness of the hunting areas, poor road infrastructures and sometimes difficult weather conditions, especially in winter, a relatively long travel by road is necessary. Markhor and wild-boar areas can be reached from Dushanbe in half-a-day drive. Areas with Asiatic ibex and Marco Polo will require 1 to 2 day drive through scenic landscape.
Season and Hunting Area
Wildboar can be hunted all year round except the period when piglets are born (March – April), yet the best hunting periods are between late November and late February and in June, during the mulberry tree fruiting time. Typically a one week trip with four hunting days is recommended.
The areas where boar hunting is taking place are located in the south of Tajikistan, in the province of Khatlon.
The highlands of southern Tajikistan offer an excellent habitat for wild boars. Because this species is rarely hunted by local people, many huge animals can be found in this area. Usually tusks are in the range of 21 – 23 cm, and may sometimes exceed 26 cm in old specimens. Only adult males are targeted. The incomes generated through sustainable hunting of wild boar help ensure that endangered species are protected and rehabilitated in their habitat, species such as isabelline brown bear, Bukhara urial sheep and Heptner’s or Tajik markhor.
Hunt Wildboar in Tajikistan
Hunt wildboar in Tajikistan take place at lower elevations ranging between 1000 m and 2000 m. After a maximum of 800 m on-foot ascent, the hunt takes place as a drive hunt with dogs or from a hide located at fruit trees. The drive hunt requires a high level of endurance and quickness when shooting. Guns with bolt action (no combined arms) of a calibre suitable for wide shots (e.g., .300 WM) are recommended. Range finders and binoculars are recommended.
Service, Accommodation, Meals
For the journey a cross-country vehicle is rented. On site hunts usually take place on foot, with the help of guides and donkeys. Local rangers are very experienced traditional hunters who know very well the area, speak basic English, Russian as well as local languages. The group is also accompanied by a young translator who speaks English.
Accommodation is organized either in traditional family guesthouses in villages located at the edge of hunting areas, in simple isolated guesthouses or in solid clean South African safari tent. Communal lodging is the rule. For the overnight stay in the field, if necessary, a small tent available. Hunters should bring their own warm sleeping-bags and insulating mats. Hunt wildboar in Tajikistan in spring the weather is usually nice with mild temperatures yet with sometimes significant rainfall. Daytime temperatures in summer are very hot, up to 40°C, nights are cooler but still warm. Depending on location the sanitary facilities of the guesthouses may include WC and sauna or be rather simple (dry-toilet and bucket shower).
Experience a Memorable Hunt and Contribute to Nature Conservation!
Community-based wildlife management is a recent development in Tajikistan. The aim of this approach is to provide revenues to local people and their families through conservation and sustainable use of wildlife resources. Since 2008 game management areas that are protected by families or associations of local hunters have been established with the support of a nature conservation and development projects.
The highlands of southern Tajikistan offer an excellent habitat for wildboars. Because this species is rarely hunted by local people, many huge animals can be found in these areas. Usually tusks are in the range of 20 – 25 cm, and many sometimes exceed 26 cm (during several years were hunterd several times 28 cm and one time 30 cm and even 32 cm). Usually each hunter can hunt between three and six boars.
A ten day trip including eight hunting days is usually sufficient to achieve success (100% success). Hunting season is year round:
- June – September for hunting from hide.
- November – February for drive hunt.
- November – February for stalking.
- March – April for drive and stalking.