Benjamin’s best hunting.
Benjamin is a young Belgian man. Who own an acrylic paints production business and also he is a successful hunter. Mainly he hunts deer’s or elks. But he was dreaming about a real hunt in the high mountings.
So, on September 8th Benjamin, his father and a ph Nicholas arrived to Almaty airport. Our company Pro Hunt was in charge of taking them to a National Park Kolsay Koldary.
Special Protected Areas since population of animals are much higher there comparing to the private outfitters ranches. The reason is that many National Parks had been previously protected as National Monuments by governmental regulations. The licenses for hunting in National Parks usually booked a year in advance with non-refundable deposits.
So our guests arrived around midnight and right from the airport we took them to the park. Next day by early morning we got to our chalet.
The spruce forests lay down the hills from south-east and the glaciers of Kungei Alatau ridge hit the plateau from south. The Kyrgystan was right behind it.
In 400 meters a few young ibexes were staring at us without any worries. They got bored soon and left.
Maral can smell the human from the one kilometer of distance. We were planning to split into two groups and take the observation positions on a top of two hills. But one bull messed up all of our plans. He came out of the forest not far from our campsite. The hunt could be over right there just one hour after it started. But Benjamin didn’t like this idea. He wanted it to be more challenge. So maral just sing for us a few wedding songs and slowly went back to the forestJ
Down the hill by the river we noticed a boar’s family.
For the first two days the weather was gorgeous, sunny and warm daytime and chili but dry nights. Benjamin was happy and even his dad get used to the horse and didn’t show any sign of fatigue.
Clients weren’t happy about this decision but didn’t argue. And we all started slide down the hill. Now I understand that gamekeepers were trying to protect themselves from a nasty weather. They equipment wasn’t that good as a client’s so they used this trick to go back and spend a night in more comfortable conditions and let horses to rest and has food. Our way back wasn’t that lovely and pleasant no one was joking or laughing anymore. People were disappointed and upset. I realize that it was a mistake and we shouldn’t listen to gamekeepers.
Next morning from our campsite which in the bottom of the canyon we saw a few bulls in the binocular but they were uphill! And the hill was too steep and the horses are too tired. The clients were really unhappy. So I realized that it’s not wise to hang around with such big group of people and I advised Benjamin’s father to stay at the camp and do some fishing. He agreed and I need to say that we had a tastiest trout to dinner!
The huge bull was lying at the opposite hill making a donkey like sound once in a while. The distance is 700 meters, too far.
Later we met another bull he was just across us, about 100 meters away. But Benjamin wanted the previous one, since it was bigger. We spend a night at the tents on a hill. The night seemed endless to me, I couldn’t sleep. The marals were whistled around us the whole night and one of them sounds like a donkey.
Next morning we went back to the hill, there was a few bulls that pass by close to us, but Benjamin didn’t take a chance. He was waiting for “his donkey”J)
Everything was wet around us. Water was in our boots, it was dripping along our backs. Besides we run out of drinking water. And if we are like marals could lay down in a wet grass, we still couldn’t eat this grass in order to get waterJ).
Benjamin decided to use the fact that marals don’t smell good in raining conditions and creep around the hill. We were sitting and waiting for gun shot. And when we finally heard it, its sounds like music!!! Like a best music in the world!
After this journey I started to think that it’s may be time to change my job. Later I changed my mind thoughJ