I have hunted in Pakistan three times in the last five years. As I prepared for my most recent Pakistan shikar, a lot of folks looked at me like I had three heads: “You’re going where?”
Pakistan offers a mix of forest, plains and mountain species. There are four varieties of urial sheep: Afghan, Blanford, and Punjab urial are currently hunted; the Ladakh urial is not. In the north, Himalayan blue sheep are hunted; the argalis are scarce and probably won’t be. There are two ibex–the big-bodied, heavy-horned Himalayan ibex in the big northern mountains; and in the arid hills of the southwest, the small-bodied Sind ibex with its impossibly long horns. Although pricey and with very few permits, three varieties of markhor are huntable–Astor, Kashmir, and Suleiman.
That’s just the mountain game. There are two gazelles, Indian and Kennion, plus native range, free-range blackbuck. There are hog deer, pockets of Indian muntjac, and axis deer and nilgai have been reintroduced in free-range situations. The Indian wild boar, considered slightly larger and classified differently from his Eurasian cousin, is widespread (though difficult to hunt). Small predators include golden jackal, Asian jungle cat and fox. Large predators, currently protected, include Asian leopard, snow leopard and hyena. Continue Reading →
Chukar or Chakor is also the national bird of Pakistan. Used to be quite common in the hilly and mountainous regions of all provinces. Usually found between 1500 to 4500m above sea level. Over hunting, loss of habitat and pesticides have played a major role in the decrease in population of these birds. Before you know it they will be considered under threatened species and if something is not done to save it in the regions where there numbers are alarmingly low, they will vanish from those areas maybe for ever.
If you can’t eat what you kill then you shouldn’t kill it. Unless that animal can harm you physically or destroys your crops. Please refrain from trigger happy massacres and post them as today’s shikar posts.