Dagestan Tur is considered the ultimate test for mountain hunting.
The Republic of Azerbaijan, located in the south-eastern Caucasus Mountains, is the home of Eastern Tur, also known to trophy hunters as the Dagestan Tur. Only at altitudes between 7500′- 9500′ in the far east of the Caucasus lives the pure Eastern (Dagestan) Tur.
The hunt for Dagestan Tur is considered by many to be the ultimate test for the mountain game hunters as it requires good physical condition and mental toughness. It is described as the toughest of all mountain game hunts, and the Dagestan Tur provides a good sport and challenge for it’s pursuers. Although they have an average horn length of 32 inches, any size trophy of a Dagestan Tur is something to be very proud of.
This outfitter hunts an area 40 km in lenght on the Caucasus range. There are ten different camps, and one spot is never hunted twice in a row. Horses are used to get to the base camps and the hunting is done on foot. For clients who would like a slightly less physical experience, there is one area that can be hunted on horseback most of the time.
Under normal conditions, the animals are plentiful. Forty inches is the magic number for a monster Dagestan Tur, and 1 or 2 trophies of this size are taken by this outfitter almost every year. However, anything over 34″ is a good one, and 38″ or above is considered to be a Whopper.
Dagestan (Eastern) Tur hunting runs from June 1st to December 31st, and your hunt includes 5 full days of hunting. A second trophy Dagestan Tur can be taken for an additional trophy fee.
Dagestan Tur Hunting Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan, where your outfitter will assist you with customs and transport plans to the hunting area.
Day 2 -6 – Hunting days.
Day 7 – Leave hunting area according to pre-arranged departure plans. Overnight in Baku may be necessary depending on the departure time of your international flight.
Accommodations are comfortable tent camps. Locals are very friendly, and they bend over backwards to make the client happy. They will carry everything for the client, including the rifle, up and down the mountains during a hunt.
Port of entry is the capitol city of Baku. The hunting area – a town called Sheki – is about 4-5 hour drive from Baku followed by 3-7 hours of riding horseback into the Caucassus Mountains to get to camp.
Depending on the arrival time of the flight, clients may wish to overnight in Baku, or they can hit the road immediately after customs are cleared. Same-day departure to the hunting area is normally done only if the client lands in Baku early in the morning, because reaching the camp takes all day.
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