Hunting season begins in Dhorpatan Reserve

Balewa, September 28

The hunting season has begun at the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, the main wildlife hunting hub of Nepal.

A total of 10 Himalayan blue sheep (naur) and six Himalayan tahr (jharal) will be hunted during September -November.

Four companies have been permitted to conduct hunts. But only three have inked deals with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation to allow the 10 hunters into the reserve, said Ananath Baral, chief of the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Office, Baglung.

As mentioned in the bid document approved by the department for this season, fees between Rs 200,000 and Rs 1.2 million are charged to hunt the Himalayan blue sheep, and Rs 100,000 to Rs 900,000 for the Himalayan tahr.

Tourists from as far as the United States, Russia, and Spain have come to Nepal to hunt.

The hunters are given 15 days to kill the naur and the jharal under supervision from reserve employees. Hunters charter a helicopter to the reserve as it is difficult to use the road, said Bir Bahadur Thapa, an employee of the reserve.

In some cases, hunters return empty-handed. Those who hunt a naur or jharal are allowed to take the trophy home.


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