The Mighty Mid-Caucasian Tur

Asian Tur are simply one of the most sought after of all mountain goats for the international hunter.  Thanks to Johann Derksen at Laika-Tours for forwarding the photos of these exceptional goats. 

These two Tur pictured above are a variety of Asian Tur commonly called the Mid-Caucasian Tur.  The Mid-Caucasian Tur is a mix of the Eastern or Dagestan Tur and the Western or Kuban Tur. Found largely in the harsh and nearly vertical terrain of the Caucas Mountains of Russia and Azerbaijan, pursuit of these heavy bodied short legged creatures is an extreme international adventure in every sense of the word. According to Johann, the horns of the Mid-Caucasian Tur can vary from the supracervical shape of the cylindriconis to the more scimitar-shaped horn of the dinniki.  In more simple terms, the horns of the Tur largely resemble a cross between Spanish ibex and the mighty bighorn sheep.  The horns carry their mass along their length and curlemuch like a modified version of a bighorn sheep.  Shorter than an ibex horns, they may grow 32-41 inches in length.  

 

Here is a description of the hunt from Johann: 

You will arrive to an international Moscow airport. Our Laika-Tours  interpreter will meet you at the airport and assist through customs. You will be taken to the hotel. Next morning we will take you to the airport for the flight to Nalchik. Your flight will last around 1 hour 40 minutes.

Hunting starts from the fly camps. Backpack hunting is customary in the most areas with small portion of horse back riding. This is really intense mountain hunting. The terrain is difficult and steep. We encourage spike camping. A temporary tented camp is set up at 8,000 feet / 2, 700 m. Rams are generally located in very remote country at 9,800 feet / 3,000 m or in lower timbered country at 7,500 feet / 2,300 m. Be in good shape as it is an important factor in the stalking part of the hunt.  Shooting distance is 250-300 yards (200–250 meters) on average.

If you would like to discuss booking a Mid-Caucasian Tur hunt or another asian trophy, contact Johann directly at johannd@yandex.ru; laika-tours@mail.ru; or call (011)004915156241064.

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