The Marco Polo argali is blessed with the most spectacular horns of any of the sheep species. Their massive weight and spirals make them highly sought after trophies. Hunting the Marco Polo is a task as challenging as their horns are spectacular. Found in high mountains at literally the top of the world, the Marco Polo is a quarry that is not for the faint of heart.
After accidentally spooking a small herd of Marco Polo rams and ewes at approximately 1,500 yards, we carefully moved forward into the wind and spotted a large herd of around 300 moving down off of the ridge from the right to feed in the valley floor at around 14,000 feet. The time was around 9 a.m. and the temperature was still below 0° with plenty of snow. We had started at 5:30 a.m., driving for about 45 minutes before walking up a long ridge. Zafar said, “Let’s back up and circle around the ridge to our left and give them time to settle into feeding.” Continue reading The Magnificent Marco Polo – Hunting the Pamir Range in Tajikistan