Hello from Kyrgyzstan
Dear users of the forum,
Being a senior student, i am writing my senior thesis on tourism, as part of it development of the hunting packages for one of the local tourism companies.
I would so highly appreciate if you spent two minutes taking part in the survey following the link Hunting Package Questionnaire.
Each of your reply means much to me and will contribute greatly to my project.
Thank you so much for your help in advance!
Welcome to AH Tamara.
Where are you going to school?
welcome to the site tamara
i will look at your survey now
it seemed harmless enough
Hi Tamara,welcome,will have a look at your survey.
Thank you BRICKBURN:)
Originally Posted by BRICKBURN
I am going to school in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. American University of Central Asia.
Where are you from?
Thank you:) It is so highly appreciated.
Originally Posted by bluey
Thanks a lot:)
Originally Posted by Paw Print
Thank you! It is really nice here:)
Originally Posted by AfricaHunting.com
I have done a lot of research for hunting, however I have never been a hunter and no one of my friends has ever been fond of hunting. I am currently in the process of development of the hunting packages. So I was wondering maybe you guys having some valid experience in hunting could give me some insight into what matters most of all in the package. How do you usually choose between different offers and is there anything else that affects your decisions besides destination and availability of the game? Is there something else you would like to be included in the packages which is not usually included? Any answers and ideas will be greatly appreciated:)
Originally Posted by tamara22325
Quality and quantity of Game
Reputation of the outfitter
References from Satisfied Hunters.
Price for what is being offered: Species, amenities, experience.
Hi Tamara. Good to see you here. Hope this helps with your studies. I have been to Bishkek and hunted in Kyrgyzstan. Bishkek was an interesting city. I enjoyed my days there. I may come back in the next year or two. We'll see how it all works out.
You have asked a very interesting question about choosing who to hunt with. I mean no offense, but I will be rather blunt. Russia and Asia have a large amount of corruption. As a visiting hunter I don't wish to pay my money and then have a poor hunt. Or worse yet fly into a airport and find no one there to greet me. No hunt at all. Many hunters have had bad experiences in your part of the world. there are scam artists everywhere. Finding good operators can be rather difficult. See items 2 and 3 on Brickburn's list above.
I can reasonably research guides and hunts here in the USA. Usually good numbers of last years clients to talk to. Africa is a little harder, but forums such as this and a couple others help in that aspect. It can be very hard to verify if a guide is legitimate or not in Kyrg. It is not cheap to go to your country and hunt. So we all want a reasonable chance at good quality animals.
I'll give you an example. Last year I hunted sheep and it was filmed for TV. My guide loves to sheep and goat hunt. I told him about my Kyrg hunt and asked if he might be interested in a Argali and Ibex hunt. I had seen a decent offer not too long before. His first question was if the hunt was with the same company I had hunted with before. When I said no he immediately said no. Too many scams.
Quality of animals is another factor. I'm looking at what is for me a high dollar hunt. Very likely my last expensive hunt. There are 3 animals on the top of my list... Argali, Sable and red stag. 3 very different hunts in very different countries.
I passed on a Argali hunt in Kyrg this past Feb. Partly because of few references and a fear of spending 2 weeks and getting nothing. The previous year 4 out of 6 hunters got their Argali. 66% success rate. I deemed that too low to risk $17,000 US on. As it turned out 2 hunters went and got their Argali and 2 ibex each. The other reason I passed was I was very unsure of trophy quality. On a hunt like that I want a TROPHY. Not just a representative animal.
My first hunt in Ktrgyzstan was Ibex only. Advertised at $4500. Unfortunately there were a number of "extra" expenses. We wound up with 5 nights in motels in Bishkek and Karakol plus those meals. Our guides rushed us out of the mountains as soon as we had our animals. In my opinion to save their costs. It added greatly to ours though. As hunters we prefer to know ALL of the costs up front. Surprises don't make for a good trip.
I hope that you can get a feel for what we want. Brickburn summed it up nicely. I went the long way around. perhaps you can see why. If you have any questions feel free to ask. Bruce
Welcome to AH, Tamara, survey completed.
To me the most important reason to book with an outfitter is the personal reference of someone I know. I will just not book a hunt without it.
Thank you very much for the replies.
Bruce, special thanks for such a broad answer. I know what you mean. Corruption here destroys each aspect of the country's development actually. And nothing is efficient in fighting it actually cause it lies in the form of governance. I am sorry your hunting experience in Kg was not that good as it promised to be. Hopefully next one will be better.
Welcome to AH seems that you will shortly have all the awnsers you need
Welcome to AH Tamara! Gone to do the Survey.
Welcome to AH, Tamara! I filled your survey out.