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Old 11-25-2014, 08:42 PM
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Hunted With Mirbala Manafov
First week of Nov
Quba area
Borrowed his 30 06 ( wouldn't don't do that again)

Hi guys, this is a little late but better now than never. The trip went well. I am happy with the animal I got. Mirbala is top notch and you couldn't find a more fun guy to be in camp with. He is a very kind man who does all he can to make his clients happy.

The guides were very good as well. There was not much comunication with them as English was not very good. I will say they are the best at hiking I have ever seen. The only complaint I had was they would charge in on a stalk like it was nothing. I was lucky on mine but my buddy had a few screw ups that cost him becasue of their speed going in on the final stalk.

Food was outstanding! Everyone including the cook helped out all they could to make things comfortable. Becasue of winter conditions we were not allowed to stay on the mountain. Instead we stayed at his deluxe camp. This was great except for the huge mountain we had to hike from the bottom every day.

My ram was spotted from my buddy on the next mountain and he guided us in. There were about 30 rams in the bunch. We got lucky and got in above them at 150 yards. There was one big one bedded down but he was looking at us and covered by other sheep that were feeding next to him. The wind was blowing towards them and I felt I had 30 seconds to get a shot off before the whole bunch took off. I looked over the herd and saw thatt hey were all mature rams to some extent. I noticed most of them had lamb tips. I always wanted to get one that was broomed off. They were feeding in a tight group but one ram was in the open and it had broomed horns and looked to have way more mass than the rest of them. Like I said I figured we were going to get busted so I felt this ram was good and at the shot he rolled down the mountain. We aged him at 10 years old at camp. When I aksed Mirbala to talk with the guides and see if there were any bigger ones he said there were 2-3 that were a couple inches bigger but not the mass of the one I got. I felt I had made a decent decision. Mirbala figured he had about 4 inches broomed off and he was just over 33 inches. I am not sure how he compares to others for a trophy but I am happy with the choice I made.
It was a great experience and would love to go again. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

This was at the market going to Quba. Had to get some meat and vegies on the way for camp


We took this old Russion truck up to the main camp. What a rough ride that was


Here are a few Tur on the hills at a couple hundred yards.


The team taking a break.


A few mountains that we climbed
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:44 PM
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A few Tur at a couple hundred yards


A few mountains we climbed






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That is some seriously steep terrain.
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This is where he ended up after rolling for a very very long ways







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Good job nube. Awesome Tur!!

My knees hurt just looking at those pics... Congrats!
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Those are some great feild photos, congrats on the ram..
Thanks for sharing.
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Great photos of some spectacular scenary. Congrats on a successful hunt and a Helluva adventure!

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Nice looking animal. Looks like you really earned it
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Wow...Congrats on an Awsome Ram!
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Cool, sounds like quite the adventure. Congrats on the Tur.
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Old 11-26-2014, 08:18 AM
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Those Mountains make the sheep Mountains here look a whole lot easier..Great pics and what an adventure that must have been...very cool looking animals those Tur.
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Super cool hunt and good on ya for making it all happen!!
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Wow!Congratulationss!Thanks for sharing!
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So what did it taste like ... anything comparable to what we have here?

Do they cook up the tenderloin at camp like we do?

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Congrats! Looked like you sure earned it.
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So what did it taste like ... anything comparable to what we have here?

Do they cook up the tenderloin at camp like we do?

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Tasted like a bighorn actually. Very sweet meat. Had a mild sheep flavour. We ate tons of it while we were there. I got him the first day out so we were in camp till my friend got his after the 4th day. It was amazing to watch the guides. They took every scrap of meat or eatable body part off that mountain including a lot of the bones for soup.
Back in camp they divided the meat up into piles and then played a game to see who got first pick out of the piles of meat that were made while butchering it. It made it fair and they all loved taking the meat home to their families. I doubt they got much at home
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WOW!!!!!
Did you ride goats to get up there and hide them to take the pics?
Looks like an amazing experience
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Well done! Looks like some great country.
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Congrats.
Scary steep but beautiful....

Why statement that you wouldn't borrow his 30-06 again ?
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Please pardon my ignorance but what part of the world is it? Mongolia?
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Those are some amazing mountains.

Congrats on great hunt.
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Please pardon my ignorance but what part of the world is it? Mongolia?
Azerbaijan
Close to Iran, Armenia, Georgia to give you an idea.
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"...This was great except for the huge mountain we had to hike from the bottom every day..."

Would horses have helped (at least part of the ways?) or was it just too darn steep? Is that why they are not used?
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Too steep in that area. Mountain was about 12 000 feet and steep as you can see in the pics
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Love the pics, crazy steep, it's not just about the animal. Great memories will follow that mount.
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Too steep in that area. Mountain was about 12 000 feet and steep as you can see in the pics
So, did you drive to camp and then hike straight up to the hunting grounds from the parking lot? Or did you hike in to a basecamp and then spike, etc.? How long is the hike from camp to get to the sheep up those sharp, sharp climbs?
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Was it nice hunting without grizzlies?
Did you feel you could hike around in the dark?
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