Hunting of wild boar in Tajikistan to support in community-based wildlife conservation!
The highlands of southern Tajikistan offer an excellent habitat for wild boars. Because this species is rarely hunted by local people, many huge animals can be found in this area. Usually tusks are in the range of 21 – 23 cm, and may sometimes exceed 26 cm in old specimens. Only adult males are targeted. The incomes generated through sustainable hunting of wild boar help ensure that endangered species are protected and rehabilitated in their habitat, species such as isabelline brown bear, Bukhara urial sheep and Heptner’s or Tajik markhor.
Wild boar hunts take place at lower elevations ranging between 1000 m and 2000 m. After a maximum of 800 m on-foot ascent, the hunt takes place as a drive hunt with dogs or from a hide located at fruit trees. The drive hunt requires a high level of endurance and quickness when shooting. Guns with bolt action (no combined arms) of a calibre suitable for wide shots (e.g., .300 WM) are recommended. Range finders and binoculars are recommended
WHEN AND WHERE?
The wild boar can be hunted all year round except the period when piglets are born (March – April), yet the best hunting periods are between late November and late February and in June, during the mulberry tree fruiting time. Typically a one week trip with four hunting days is recommended.
The areas where boar hunting is taking place are located in the south of Tajikistan, in the province of Khatlon (conservancies of LLC “Morkhur”, LLC “Saidi Tagnob”, LLC “M-Sayod” and NGO “Muhofiz”).
Service, accommodation and meals
For the journey a cross-country vehicle is rented. On site hunts usually take place on foot, with the help of guides and donkeys. Local rangers are very experienced traditional hunters who know very well the area, speak basic English, Russian as well as local languages. The group is also accompanied by a young translator who speaks English. Accommodation is organized either in traditional family guesthouses in villages located at the edge of hunting areas, in simple isolated guesthouses or in solid clean South African safari tent. Communal lodging is the rule. For the overnight stay in the field, if necessary, a small tent available. Hunters should bring their own warm sleeping-bags and insulating mats. For spring hunt of wild boars the weather is usually nice with mild temperatures yet with sometimes significant rainfall. Daytime temperatures in summer are very hot, up to 40°C, nights are cooler but still warm. Depending on location the sanitary facilities of the guesthouses may include WC and sauna or be rather simple (dry-toilet and bucket shower).