Marco Polo hunting is, to many hunters, the pinnacle of sheep hunting. Here are a few Marco Polo sheep facts:
MARCO POLO SHEEP FACTS
The Marco Polo argali is a large, long-legged, light-boned argali with the most spectacular horns of all the world’s sheep. The summer coat is light, speckled brown, with the face, chest, underparts, rump patch and legs white. In winter, the upper parts are somewhat darker brown and there is a full white neck ruff extending to the brisket. The winter hair is much longer, making the animal appear larger and heavier than it is. The long, slender horns are HUGE, forming 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 open spirals, and triangular in cross section. The longest sheep horn ever recorded is 75 inches, or 190.5 cm
The eastern part of the Vakhan (or Wakhan) Corridor in Afghanistan; the Pamir Plateau in eastern Tajikistan; extending north into southeastern Kyrgyzstan south of the Naryn River; and the adjacent Pamir (Tagdumbash) region of far western China. The northern limit for the Marco Polo argali is the Naryn river.
MARCO POLO HUNTING
Marco Polo is one of the finest wild sheep and is one of the very top hunting trophies. Animals rarely descend below 3,000 m (10,000 ft.) The hunt is usually conducted at altitudes of 4,500 – 5,500 meters (15,000 – 18,000 ft.) Top physical condition is required. High altitude sickness with pulmonary edema, which strikes some hunters, may require emergency evacuation. One should not attempt this hunt without a thorough medical examination. Horses are sometimes used.
Any flat shooting cartridge in 7 mm Mag. to 300 Mag. range caliber is adequate. Shots are expected at 270-390 yards (250-350 meters). It is necessary to bring good quality mountain boots, warm clothing, sleeping bag, sun glasses and sun screen. The duration if the tour is usually 9-10 days from arrival, and the trophy is usually obtained on the 3 – 5th day of hunting.
Tajikistan: from September to March
Kyrgyzstan: March-April and August15-December 15