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Mongolian Argalis

The Hunting Consortium Ltd. is currently the largest outfitter of Asian sheep hunts in the world today. We have been working in Mongolia since 1985. Our staff spend most of the fall each year in Asia, scouting areas and designing hunting programs that we think our customers would appreciate. We also supervise many of our hunts with our own personnel to ensure that the level of service which was promised is in fact delivered. No other company goes to this much trouble to over-watch their hunts and no other company has as many regional employees to assist their clients in the field. We are confident that we provide our clients with the very best hunting service in that developing part of the world.

The wild sheep of Mongolia, known as “argali”, are the largest sheep in the world and carry the largest horns of all wild sheep species. There are two huntable species of argali sheep in Mongolia; the Altai argali, and the Gobi argali. For record-keeping purposes, however, the Gobi argali is subdivided into two categories, the Gobi Argali from the Gobi Desert and the Hangai (Hangay) Argali, which are Gobi argalis found in the mountains of central Mongolia.

Altai Argali

The Altai Argali (Ovis ammon ammon), is the largest, most impressive sheep in the world. Generally, these sheep attain a shoulder height of 46 to 48 inches, and attain weights slightly in excess of 400 lbs. These animals carry the largest horns of all sheep species, by a significant margin – weighing as much as 75 pounds. The horns have a characteristic argali flair and normally range from 52 to over 60 inches in length, with bases from 18 to 21 inches. The largest ram ever recorded measured over 71 inches with 21 inch bases. Trophy quality has improved significantly in recent years, due to intensive management. Now rams of over 55 inches have become much more common and average trophy size has never been better – usually 54-58 inches, with several rams over 60 inches taken each year.

Today Altai argali sheep are hunted only in Mongolia. Once known as the “presidential” hunt, due to the higher-than-usual level of service, these hunts offer a degree of personal attention and outfitting intensity seldom seen in other Asian hunts. Only the most experienced guides and the best equipment are reserved for our Altai argali hunts and only selected areas are hunted.

Each year Bob Kern, CEO of this company, travels to Mongolia to confer with the Minister of Environment and the directors of the several conservancies which allow hunting, as well as our local guides, to determine which areas offer the greatest chance of taking superior quality rams. This extra effort continues to reflect in the trophy quality of the rams taken by our clients, as well as the superior level of outfitting service. The Altai argali hunt is considered by most sheep hunters to be the greatest sheep hunting experience in the world today.

As fewer than 10 licenses are issued each year for this most highly coveted of sheep species, competition is high for available licenses and hunts should be booked 2 years or more in advance in order to secure the best hunting areas and periods. The Mongolian government has made great strides in conserving these magnificent sheep and continues to manage them very conservatively.

The hunting season is 1 July until 1 October. Accommodations are had in Mongolia ger (yurts), and occasionally in tents. Transportation during the hunts is generally provided by jeeps, but horses are available for accessing some of the more rugged terrain. Hunts are conducted by the most experienced and famous guides in Mongolia, sometimes assisted by our expert staff.

Gobi Argali

The Gobi Argali (Ovis ammon darwini), is the second largest, most impressive sheep in the world. It resembles its cousin, the Altai Argali, but carries somewhat smaller horns. In winter Gobi argali are a dappled brown and gray color, with white rump, belly and “stockings”. Generally, these sheep attain a shoulder height of 46 to 48 inches, and attain weights slightly in excess of 400 lbs. The horns of the Gobi argali normally range from 45 to over 50 inches in length, with bases from 16 to 19 inches. The largest ram ever recorded measured over 60 inches, with 19 inch bases. Trophy quality has improved significantly in recent years and the population has almost doubled. Now rams of over 50 inches are taken every season and average trophy size has never been better – usually 47- 51 inches.

The Gobi argali is found throughout the Gobi Desert of southern and eastern Mongolia. Scattered small groups are also found in northern China. It is estimated that 20,000 sheep populate this vast territory. Normally, Gobi argali are found in small, widely scattered herds.

Hangai Argali

The Gobi argalis from the mountains of central Mongolia grow larger than those of the Gobi Desert. Therefore, trophies from those areas are recorded separately as Hangai argalis (which are still scientifically classified and CITES regulated, as Gobi argalis). The name is derived from the large mountain range west of Ulaanbaatar. Typically, Hangai argalis carry horns that are ca. 8 inches longer than those found in the desert. Usually over 50 inches, these argalis can reach lengths of 57 inches, with 18 – 20 inch bases, comparable to Altai argalis in some areas.

All argali hunts in Mongolia are characterized by the highest level of service available. These hunts offer a degree of personal attention and outfitting intensity not seen in other Asian hunts. Only the most experienced guides and the best equipment are reserved for our argali hunts and only selected areas are hunted.

As fewer than 30 licenses are issued each year for the best trophy producing areas, in both the desert and the mountains, competition is high for licenses. Hunts should be booked 12 months or more in advance in order to secure the best hunting areas and time periods. The Mongolian government has made great strides in conserving these magnificent sheep and continues to manage them very conservatively.

The hunting season is 1 July until 1 October. Accommodations are had in Mongolia ger (yurts), and occasionally in tents. Transportation during the hunts is generally provided by jeeps, but horses are available for accessing some of the more rugged terrain. Hunts are conducted by the most experienced and famous guides in Mongolia, sometimes assisted by our expert staff.

General Information

All of our programs in central Asia have been constructed and are managed by us. In some of the areas, we have exclusive hunting rights. Numerous positive articles have been published in hunting magazines by well-known outdoor writers in Europe and in the United States. Several full-length commercial videos have been made of our hunts and our hunts have been televised on many occasions, most recently in the new series The Professionals, on the outdoor Channel.

Every client will be met by one of our staff members or a contract employee upon your arrival and accompanied by one of our interpreter / escorts during their entire stay in the Asia. We are able to provide translators in English, French and Spanish routinely and can provide service in other languages with sufficient prior notice. We also have taxidermists and shipping services at our disposal.

As a service to our clients, we make all transportation arrangements, as well as assist in the procurement of the required visas and firearm permits. Each of our hunters receives detailed information material on the hunts, countries, inhabitants, and formalities. Reception representatives are on hand in Istanbul and Ulaanbaatar to handle all details of entry and exit procedures for our clients.

Traveling to central Asia requires a sense of adventure and is not for the hunter who has to be pampered. Nevertheless, traveling to and within these remote regions has never been easier and more likely to be successful. For the adventurous sportsman in search of great trophies and an exciting experience, it is a fascinating destination.

For United States residents we also provide assistance in filing the application for the required Federal Import Permit and track the application from our office in Virginia (only a 30 minute drive from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service headquarters).

Travel Arrangements

As a full service travel company, the Hunting Consortium will make all necessary flight and hotel arrangements as well as procure any required visas and firearm permits. Hunting Consortium can assist you in getting the best airfare routing that best suits your desired itinerary and destination. When you are ready to book the hunt, we will construct a custom itinerary plan for you, designed to your specific requirements. Hunting Consortium will provide you with complete advice and suggestions on everything related to the hunt, from equipment and immunizations, to trophy shipping and a host of other necessities. Each of our hunters receives detailed information material on the hunts, country, inhabitants, and travel formalities. The firm also provides every hunter with a map, equipment checklist and other articles designed to prepare them for the hunt. Our staff is available to you seven days a week to answer any questions you may have concerning the organization or execution of the hunt.

We at the Hunting Consortium pride ourselves in planning hunts that deliver the right results for every client according to his/her own individual taste, budget and trophy quality aspirations. Red stag hunting is a very complex theme, so we encourage those interested to contact us for a thorough briefing and consultation, in order to determine the right hunting option.

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