Bryan Martin, owner of Asian mountain outfitters, has been guiding and organizing hunts in Tajikistan since 2005. Finally after 12 years of searching for the perfect ram, he found exactly what he dreamed of.
This ram was not prescouted or in some wildlife reserve, it was in our normal hunting area, killed late November 2017. There was no snow, so the rams were living at high elevation and far from the roads. Bryan's client missed this ram on day 2 of his 9 day hunt. He told bryan that if they found the rams again, he'd shoot one of the other huge rams but he wanted bryan to shoot this ram as he said he deserved it and would appreciate it more.
After not being able to get close enough on day 3 again, the hunting party spiked out, sleeping at 14,300 feet in a hilleberg tent and yak herders hut.
Again on day 4, the rams were not in a suitable location for stalking but finally on day 5, the hunters hiked over a ridge at 16,500 feet and stalked down on the group of 11 rams who were at 16,000. It was a difficult and rushed shot at 468 yards but the shot was true, hitting the ram in the top of the heart.
2 minutes later the rams came by the group and Bryan's client shot a very big ram at 260 yards. Both rams were filmed and will be in a future show.
We believe it's the biggest marco polo ram ever filmed for tv and it's certainly the "best" ram bryan or any of our hunters have ever taken in this camp. Other giants have been seen or missed in this size range but at 64x15 inches, 10.5 years old and 228 1/8" sci green, it ranks in the top 20 (#16 green) all time, ever entered in the sci record book.
It is a great feeling when the big one doesn't get away. Truly this is a ram of a lifetime, a monarch of monarchs.
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