Let me draw attention to a rough map of the Simen country which I made at the end of a six weeks’ hunt there. Imagine a tableland 20 miles square from 10,000 to 14,000 feet high, shut in on west and north by abrupt precipices, descending 7,000 feet in steps to broken down country. Down the eastern side a ravine, 4,000 feet deep, separates Simen from the detached plateau and mountain spurs. Southwards the tableland slopes gently to lowlands of 7,000 feet. The main features of this are long, narrow plateaus, or hog’s backs, all running parallel north and south, with the highest point at the northern extremity where they are cut off sharply by a precipice wall. Watercourses separate all the plateaus. They start as mere streambeds in the north, Continue reading Armchair Safari – Walia Ibex in Ethiopia→
Four species of Ibex live in Spain: the southeastern, Rhonda, Beceite, and the largest horned, the Gredos (capra pyrennica victoriae). It was the big brother of the group I was after, as I had taken a very nice Beceite ibex just two years before, starting my quest for the Spanish ibex slam. Continue reading King of the Mountain→
There is arguably no more challenging, difficult and satisfying hunt than the majestic Siberian Ibex. Found in some of the most inaccessible and inhospitable habitat on the planet, just getting in range to spot one of these elusive creatures is an adventure in endurance and stamina. We present the best of the best in the SCI Record Book. Here then, are the top ten Siberian Ibex.
#2 William Engelking holds the number two spot with this exceptional ibex. Taken in 2001 in the Altai Mountains, it measures 124 5/8″.
#5 Ray Hammond took this beauty near Hovd, Mongolia in 1995. It measures 121 7/8″.
#1 Louis DeMers holds the number one spot with this magnificent ibex taken in 1987 in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia. This monster measures 124 7/8″.
#7 John A. Morrison was able to take this handsome ibex in 1992 in the Altai Mtns. in Mongolia. It measures 117 7/8″.
#3 Jose Madrazo traveled to Hovd, Mongolia for his beautiful ibex in 2010. It measures 123 6/8″.
#8 John C. Chitwood Jr. harvested this big male in Mongolia in 1999. It measures 117 6/8″.
#10 James Poneta took this beauty in the western Altai mountains in Mongolia in 1998. It measured 115 7/8″.
#4 Don C. Tompkins took this high ranking ibex in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia in 1982. It measured 122 3/8″.
#6 Dr. Carl H. Bell bagged this excellent specimen in 1995 in the west Altai Mtns of Mongolia. It measured 119 5/8″.
#9 Dr. Bill Nicklas bagged his ibex in 2005 in the Altai Mountains. It measured 116″
Editor’s note: On Friday we dig through the Safari Club archives and bring back a story from past hunts. This week, we join Henning Olsen from Denmark on a hunt for wapiti in Kazakhstan that instead, produced a record book ibex. This story first appeared in the September/October issue of Safari Magazine.