German hunter fells big markhor in Chitral
Chitral March 25: A 24-year-old German hunter made a record here on Monday by hunting a large size Kashmir Markhor in the valley.
Irshad Ahmed, an official of wildlife department, told Dawn that German hunter Philips Hermann had obtained hunting permit from the department at $95,000 for the Toshi Shasha conservancy.
He said that as per records of trophy hunting in the district, it was the largest markhor ever hunted in Chitral.
“The German boy was fortunate enough to search a markhor of such a size in a short span of time. He had not wasted much time in the process of searching,” he said, adding that he happened to be consummate in shooting as the animal fell to the ground after the first shot.
Mr Ahmed said that using his Magnum 300 rifle, the hunter fired from a distance of 250 metres. It was quite a difficult range keeping in view the steep and mountainous terrain of the conservancy while the recent rains had made the ground slippery and it was difficult to maintain balance, he added.
The official said that the hunter fired a second shot to make sure that the animal was dead and stood no chance of rolling in the mountainous slopes in injured condition as it happened mostly.
Mr Ahmed said that 80 per cent of the income accrued from the permit fee of the trophy hunting of markhor, went to the local community through the village conservation committee that were organised in different villages.
He said that the committee members played a pivotal role in conservation of markhor in different villages of the district.
He said that keeping in view the strength of markhors in a certain conservancy, the wildlife department issued hunting permit for $94,000 to $105,000 every year.