“I have used Bob Kern and his company, The Hunting Consortium, since 2013. During this time he has booked and organized for me many hunts for me in Europe and Asia. In Europe I’ve hunted with the Hunting Consortium in Romania, Macedonia, Croatia, and France. They’ve taken me to Asia where I’ve hunted in Tajikistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and even Pakistan. Every hunting trip was magnificently planned and executed! Security was always excellent and never questionable. Hunting success was extremely high along with exceptional trophy quality. I also award excellent grades for quality of vehicles, horses, equipment, camps and lodging, food, travel itineraries and visas with personal meet and greet on arrival at every destination. All of the guides were English speaking guides, and....did I mention SAFETY? In my opinion, it is worth a few bucks more to be confident that all aspects of my hunt has been methodically thought out and that I am in such good hands while traveling abroad. As I reflect back on the number of hunting trips I booked elsewhere in order to finally harvest a particular specie, (2,3,4, and even 5 times for some animals), I wish I had booked with the Hunting Consortium from the very beginning. I can without any hesitation highly recommend Bob Kern and the Hunting Consortium!”
-Richard B. Nilsen

“During the past 5 years the Hunting Consortium has been the most invaluable resource a hunter could ask for.I have averaged over 150 hunting days in that time and many, if not most of those days were booked through The Hunting Consortium. Their knowledge and experience is unmatched in the hunting industry. I have always been pleased with the quality of the outfitters and the professional hunter’s and guides that Hunting Consortium have booked for me. I’ve hunted in Africa over a dozen times on hunts booked by the Hunting Consortium and every time I felt like I was hunting the premier area with one of the best outfitters and knowledgeable, helpful professional hunters. In Africa I have taken 158 different animals I couldn’t have accomplished that without the Hunting Consortium. I was on a hunting trip for over 6 weeks in the South Pacific which included a family vacation with my adult children and hunted with 5 different outfitters in 6 different areas in both New Zealand and Australia - a LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE that the Hunting Consortium handled without a hitch. I finished that trip by hunting all of the species available to hunt in these locations besides one. EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS on a single trip. The achievement I am most proud of though is my 21 day hunt in Spain where I took every animal that is currently available to hunt. Considering that the 7 Capra species were all free-range, this was very challenging but the Hunting Consortium put me in the best areas with best outfitters.”
-Rick Warren

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Mountain Goats

“The finest test of nerve, endurance and physical fitness is surely to be found in the pursuit of wild goats of the crags and precipices, and they must be accorded the highest honors of the stalking world.” – C.H. Stockley, 1936. Ibex hunting requires physical stamina and good shooting ability; more than are required in the pursuit of less-challenging game. Ibex inhabit the roughest and most precipitous terrain in the world, and they live in some of the wildest and most remote places. They have extraordinary eyesight and hearing. These characteristics explain why ibex and wild goats are accorded so much respect in the hunting world and why so many hunters seek them. All belong to the genus Capra and are closely related to sheep. The Hunting Consortium specializes in hunting the ibex and wild goats of the world.

The Hunting Consortium is the largest outfitter of hunts in Central Asia in the world today. Hunting Consortium offers its clients the best hunting areas and the best services available in this developing region. Bob Kern and the Hunting Consortium’s Asian and Russian staff of professional hunters have explored the remotest parts of Asia for more than 35 years, and have more than 40 years of experience in the Alps and Carpathian Mountains in Europe.

No other hunting company employs as many regional service representatives as the Hunting Consortium. Employing full-time representatives in several European countries and in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Pakistan, as well as customer-service offices in Europe and in Russia, no other company provides this depth of service.

The majority of the wild goats and ibex of the world are found in Europe and Asia, however some are found in North America, South America and the South Pacific. We offer hunts in all the currently huntable countries.

Ibex of Europe

Alpine Ibex – Perhaps the most revered trophy of Europe, the Alpine ibex is native to the mountain range of the same name. Permits are strictly limited; advance booking is required. The hunting season varies by country, but spans September through December. (Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland)

Kri Kri Ibex – This wild goat is a diminutive form of the bezoar ibex, which has migrated into the westernmost range of this species. It can be hunted in Macedonia and on the Greek island of Sapienza. Permits every year are limited so advance booking is advised. (Greece, Macedonia)

Spanish Ibex – The ibex of Spain are not true ibex, but rather wild goats, which hunters respectfully include in their discussion of ibex. There are four different subspecies of Spanish ibex, : the Gredos ibex, Southeastern Spanish ibex, Beceite ibex, and Ronda ibex. Hunting seasons vary by region, but generally span September through May. Spain is one of the most popular venues for hunting in Europe, because of the pleasant climate, great food and ambience, and the professional hunters of Spain are some of the finest in Europe. (Spain)

Ibex of Asia

Asia

The majority of the ibex and wild goats of the world are found in Asia.

Bezoar or Persian Ibex – This colorful ibex is not a true ibex, but rather a wild goat. Nevertheless, it makes an impressive trophy. Found in the mountains of Turkey, Armenia, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Iran, it is currently huntable in Turkey, where the largest trophies are found, and in Armenia. The hunting season varies by country, but is generally from October through February. (Armenia, Iran, Turkey)

Persian Desert Ibex – A paler, smaller form of the bezoar ibex recognized by Grand Slam – OVIS club, (not by SCI or Rowland Ward), it is found in the desert of central Iran. (Iran)

Sindh Ibex – A paler, smaller sub-race of the bezoar ibex, found in the deserts of both Sindh and Baluchistan provinces of Pakistan. The hunting season is December through February. Very few permits are issued, so advance booking is required. (Pakistan)

Mid-Asian Ibex or Tian Shan Ibex – Largest of all true ibex, this species is found throughout central Asia, and is currently hunted in the countries of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. There are minor differences in body size and horn length within these several republics. Good trophies measure 43-45 inches; the best can exceed 50 inches in length. The world record is over 60 inches. The hunting season varies by country and is generally September through February. Hunts for this ibex are popularly combined with hunts for the Marco Polo sheep and other Asian game. (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan)

Siberian Ibex or Altai Ibex – Found in large numbers in the Sayan and Altai Mountains of Mongolia, northwestern Kazakhstan and the Altai Republic in Russia, this popular game animal is often hunted in combination with Asian elk (maral stag), Altai argali and other Asian species. Average horn lengths vary between 40-43 inches, but every year ibex of up to 47 inches and more are taken. The hunting season varies by country, but generally runs from July through November. (Mongolia, Russia)

Gobi Ibex – Found in the Gobi Desert, this ibex is identical to the Siberian ibex (Altai ibex), except that this ibex is much smaller. Trophies average less than 38 inches. The hunting season is 15 July through the 15 October. (Mongolia)

Himalayan Ibex – Similar to the Mid-Asian ibex in coloration, stature and conformation, but with smaller horns, it is found in the Northern Areas of Pakistan. The hunting season for Himalayan ibex is December through March. (Pakistan)

Chamois of Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific

Although the various subspecies of chamois are not true goats, as hunters we include them in the wild goat family for hunting culture and trophy recording purposes. There are thought to be two species – western and common chamois, which are subdivided into 10 subspecies, 9 of which are huntable. The Hunting Consortium offers hunts for all of them. We hunt seven chamois in Europe, two in Asia, and one in the South Pacific:

Alpine chamois – The most widely hunted chamois, it is found throughout the Alps of Europe. (Austria, Czech Republic, France, Slovenia, Switzerland, New Zealand)

Anatolian chamois – Found in the mountains of central and northern Turkey. Advance booking is recommended as very few permits are issued each year. (Turkey)

Balkan chamois – Second largest of all chamois, it is native to the mountains of Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Greece. (Croatia, Macedonia)

Carpathian chamois – The largest of all chamois, it is native to the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. (Romania)

Caucasian chamois – Found in the Caucasus Mountains of Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. (Russia)

Chartreuse chamois – Found only on the Chartreuse Massif (mountain) in France. Permits are limited to ca. 10 each year and advance booking is required. (France)

Pyrenean chamois – Found in the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France and northern Spain. (Spain)

Cantabrian chamois – Found in the Cantabrian Mountains of northern Spain. (Spain)

Tatra chamois – Found in the Tatra Mountains of Slovakia. Very few permits are issued (ca. 5 per year), so advance booking is required. (Slovakia)

Tur of the World

Caucasian Tur – Currently three varieties of tur are recognized by international hunting organizations: (West Caucasian, or Kuban Tur, Mid-Caucasian Tur, and East Caucasian or Dagestan Tur). This large ibex of the Caucasus Mountains provides mountain hunters with very challenging hunts, which take place in some of the most rugged and beautiful scenery on earth. The hunting season varies by country, but generally runs from May through November. Eastern “Dagestan” Tur (Azerbaijan) Mid-Caucasian Tur (Russia) Western Tur (Russia)

Himalayan Tahr

The tahr family of animals, is, like chamois, to which they are closely related, neither true ibex nor goats, but they are considered among the wild goats of the world by hunters. Only one of the three subspecies is huntable today – the Himalayan tahr, found in India, Nepal and Bhutan; it is huntable only in Nepal. This species has also been transplanted to New Zealand and is huntable there as an exotic species. (Nepal, New Zealand)

Markhor of the World

The various subspecies of Markhor are the most coveted trophies of mountain game in the world and they are also the rarest. Currently, four varieties are huntable. They include the Kashmir Markhor, Sulaiman Markhor, and Astor Markhor in Pakistan, and the Bukharan in Tajikistan. All may only be taken in accordance with carefully controlled CITES quotas and special permits. All markhor hunts require significant financial contributions to the respective governments and local authorities and are therefore quite expensive. We assist our clients in obtaining permits for these hunts by application only. (Pakistan, Tajikistan)

All hunt programs offered by the Hunting Consortium in the countries of central Asia and in Europe have been constructed and tested by us and in some areas we have exclusive hunting rights. Numerous positive articles have been published about our hunts in various American and European hunting magazines and several commercial videos have been made about our hunts.

Bob and Rob Kern or Hunting Consortium staff visit hunting areas throughout the year to ensure that our clients are hunting in the very best areas available. We advise our clients thoroughly, and provide them with honest and up-to-date information. Our hunting programs on that subcontinent are extensive enough to fulfill any realistic hunting desire.

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.

Traveling to Russia and central Asia requires a sense of adventure and is not for the hunter who has to be pampered. For the adventurous sportsman in search of great trophies, and an exciting experience, it is a fascinating destination.

Europe, on the other hand provides an unforgettable experience, both in terms of the hunt itself, and for sightseeing and other activities which can be arranged according to desires of each client. We specialize in arranging custom hunting itineraries as well as sightseeing for hunters or non-hunting companions.

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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