Pedro Ampuero from Spain hunts some of the most remote and demanding places on earth. We have been exchanging emails since launching the KUIU blog on ideas about gear. He told me about his trip this November to hunt Tian Shan Ibex in the Tian Shan Mountain is Kyrgyzstan.
KUIU is created for this exact type of demanding mountain hunting and Pedro was willing to test the prototype gear on his hunt. As you will see in his enclosed photo essay he put the gear through a wide range of conditions and very big mountains. I know you will enjoy his adventure with his father, it’s an amazing hunt in an amazing place.
KYRGYZSTAN, November 2010
by Pedro Ampureo
We will be hunting close to the Mythical Naryn River, that makes it’s path through the Majestic Tian Shan Mountains located in the South Eastern part of Kyrgyzstan.
Our main objective is the largest Ibex on earth, the Tian Shan Ibex.
With me, the best partner you can have, my father. A ten hour drive from the Kyrgyzstan capital, Bishkek, lead us to our main hunting camp, Ulan, where we would spend the next 7 days hunting hard.
We hunted from fliying camps, at four or five hours on horse from the base camp. As usually depending a lot if Ibex were located.
Glassing the first group of big males Ibex.
Having Lunch with Erbow, Danier & Talay, getting calories for climbing up, horses stay here.
Worth all the trip just for being here.
Fliying Camp was around 3500 meters, and hunting was done between 3500 meters and 4500 meters.
Beautiful group of Ibexs at 250 meters. Attempted a nice stalk with the bow, but they were never be there by the time we arrived to our destination.
The lunch menu usually consisted in a can of sardines for the three. Then a nice nap, being careful of not falling “down” a sleep.
Morning Tea is crucial for warming up, since temperatures reach at Night- 20 degrees Celsius.
With time you can reach any place.
Finally I got into shooting range of a beautiful Ibex. My faithfull 7mm was there.
With the help of the horses we took the animal out of those mountains.
Prepared for crossing a river. KUIU Raingear to the test!
Naryn River Cross. What we end up doing for hunting!
Horses where really good, Although, a lot of falls caused by holes between rocks under the snow.
High Country Hunting is a strategy game, where patience and glassing really pay off.
Hard Mountains, and overshooted animals, not the best combination for the bow and arrow.
Some Beautiful days.
And some terrible also.
Looking at a group of Ibex, after realizing that it was impossible to climb at their same speed.
Dad shot a magnificent Ibex also!
Great experience, better company.
Time to go back home
Will come back