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#7218308 - 07/07/18 06:20 PM Review: Azerbaijan East Caucasian Tur Hunt - Extreme Mountain Hunts
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1 year ago I left for Azerbaijan. I went with 2 old high school friends via Extreme Mountain Hunts Ltd.

We flew out of Houston to Istanbul, and then to Baku. It was a 5 hr drive from Baku to Sheki, and then we drove a jeep about 1 hr up the mountain to meet the horses. The horses took us most of the way up to about 10k where we made camp. The clouds were usually topped at about 8k, but they would sometimes cover us up and fog us in for a few hours.

The trip was 9 days total. One of our guys got his ram on day 2 in the field. The other 2 of us got our Rams on day 3. The smaller ram in the pic below was a mistake, my buddy shot the wrong one. He should have had the largest ram of the trip.

These things spent the nights at about 13k (above the grass line) and would descend down every morning to feed. They make a ton of noise on the way down and the miniature rock slides would create alot of dust. The grass is thick and they would eat for 1-2 hours and then sit down. At that point we'd hike up the mountain and hunt from the top down. It was brutal. These are the steepest mountains I've ever been in. But it was awesome. If anyone desires to go on one of the most physically demanding mountain hunts out there... I'd highly recommend the outfitter and the guides we had. We had 3 hunters in camp, 5 guides and 2 guy's in camp tending to the horses and cooking.

A good tur is a little larger than a good Aoudad, except the Tur head weighs about 3 times as much due the VERY thick horns. 2 of ours were SCI gold, and one was silver.

I thought I'd share some pics. Enjoy!





camp is 2 ridges over my muzzle right at the grass line. That was a brutal hike for nothing ! When an Azerbaijani mountain guide tells you pack for a 4 hr hike... he means 4 hours in one direction. The language barrier and no jacket made for a miserable afternoon once that storm rolled in. ALWAYS pack a jacket.






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#7218333 - 07/07/18 06:42 PM Re: Review: Azerbaijan East Caucasian Tur Hunt - Extreme Mountain Hunts [Re: TexasTURhunter]
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Looks beautiful and like it was a blast.

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#7218382 - 07/07/18 08:13 PM Re: Review: Azerbaijan East Caucasian Tur Hunt - Extreme Mountain Hunts [Re: TexasTURhunter]
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Loc: Pflugerville TX. between a roc...
Dang that looks like a hunt of a lifetime. Congrats
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#7218393 - 07/07/18 08:27 PM Re: Review: Azerbaijan East Caucasian Tur Hunt - Extreme Mountain Hunts [Re: TexasTURhunter]
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What rifles and optics ? How far were the shots

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#7218407 - 07/07/18 08:50 PM Re: Review: Azerbaijan East Caucasian Tur Hunt - Extreme Mountain Hunts [Re: TexasTURhunter]
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I shoot a MOA Evolution in 300 RUM with a 5-20 Ultra Short Schmidt and Bender

the others use a 700 in 308 win with an 4-16 ATACR Nightforce & a 7mm rem mag with a swarovski on top

Mine was 291 yards but probably 30 degrees above me, the other one (from the same ridge) was 305 and also about 30 degrees above, the first ram was only about 220. We got lucky on the distances.

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#7218605 - 07/08/18 10:27 AM Re: Review: Azerbaijan East Caucasian Tur Hunt - Extreme Mountain Hunts [Re: TexasTURhunter]
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Likes like a good hunt but from the pics i dont see where they have more mass than some aoudad ive seen. Do you have any pocs of their whole body? From the head they look like an aoudad.

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#7218722 - 07/08/18 01:58 PM Re: Review: Azerbaijan East Caucasian Tur Hunt - Extreme Mountain Hunts [Re: TexasTURhunter]
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When I said VERY thick horns, I wasn't talking about circumference. They are similar to the size of an Aoudad, but the thickness of the horns is much greater... This was from a small one (about 23 inches) one of the guides found dead.



I weighed my 30 inch Aoudad head - it was 7.2 pounds

My Tur head weighs 15.5 pounds

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#7218745 - 07/08/18 02:21 PM Re: Review: Azerbaijan East Caucasian Tur Hunt - Extreme Mountain Hunts [Re: TexasTURhunter]
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30 inch Aoudad next to the TUR


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#7218847 - 07/08/18 04:26 PM Re: Review: Azerbaijan East Caucasian Tur Hunt - Extreme Mountain Hunts [Re: TexasTURhunter]
sparrish8 Offline
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Originally Posted By: TexasTURhunter
When I said VERY thick horns, I wasn't talking about circumference. They are similar to the size of an Aoudad, but the thickness of the horns is much greater... This was from a small one (about 23 inches) one of the guides found dead.



I weighed my 30 inch Aoudad head - it was 7.2 pounds

My Tur head weighs 15.5 pounds


Ahh, thats makes more sense thanks for posting the 2 heads next to each other i can see the difference now.

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