After peering through my scope for more than 20 minutes at the sleeping Altai Ibexes, the strain was blurring my vision. We had watched this group of rams for almost four hours, waiting for the patriarch to stand long enough for a shot. Continue reading Mongolian Ibex Odyssey
The 2019 SCI Convention saw the emergence of a new professional hunters association.
The Spanish Professional Hunters Association made its first appearance at the convention to gain some exposure to the world of the international hunter.
- Promote ethical hunting and advocate wildlife conservation through sustainable hunting.
- Enhance natural habitats to maintain and preserve wild areas.
- Activate the economies of less populated regions while maintaining national, cultural and historical heritage.
- Develop and maintain educational programs to encourage future generations to continue the stewardship of wildlife and wild lands in perpetuity.
How Did The Marmolada Ibex Project Begin?
The Alpine ibex colony in Marmolada was started in 1978 with eight individuals from the Gran Paradiso National Park released in the municipality of Pozza di Fassa. In 2004, its numbers exceeded 500 animals, living mostly around the province of Belluno. However, the following winter a sarcoptic mange epidemic, together with particularly severe weather, caused its numbers to decrease dramatically. Continue reading The Marmolada Ibex Project: A 10-Year Assessment – Project funded by the Italian Chapter of the Safari Club International
Breakfast was at 5:30 a.m. and our early “alarm” was the loud speaker for the first prayer of the day in the village of Yahyali, Turkey. It was early November and the animal we were pursuing was the Bezoar ibex. I was not one of the lucky hunters on this Continue reading The Bezoar Adventure of the Non Hunter