Tian shan maral in Kazakhstan

The Tian Shan Wapiti is the largest of the Asian wapitis and a magnificent trophy. The antlers are massive and similar in form to those of North American wapitis. Hunting areas are located in Eastern Kazakhstan bordering with China. ProfiHunt Ltd has been guiding Maral Stag hunts for more than  20 years with almost 100% success.

How to get there:

You arrive in Almaty. Our crew meets you at the airport and assists through the customs. Then we transfer you to the hotel and in the morning drive you to the hunting area.

Hunting season:

Bugle Maral hunts run from September 15 to October 10. It is the most exciting and the most successful time to hunt. September and October are best for combination hunts for Maral and Mid-Asian Ibex or Siberian Roe deer.

Maral hunting:

Bugling a mature elk is one of the greatest hunting thrills. It is not uncommon to hear six or nine Maral calling at the same time. Horses are used intensively to increase success chances. Expect extensive horseback riding 8-10 hours a day and considerable walking. Some riding experience is a must. Temporary tented camp is set up with the specific goal of hunting a particular animal or area. Elk is generally located on open slopes of mountains at 8,000-8,500 feet. Once the trophy is spotted you complete your stalk on foot. The prime hunting time is in the morning and in the evening.


Camps are hunting cabins, tents or yurts. They are clean, warm and comfortable but have no modern conveniences. They are equipped with stoves and cots. There is a separate large tent for dining and one for shower. The camps are located in mountain valleys at 3,000-4,000 feet. You will find very good food and quality service. Electricity is supplied by generating sets.


Usually weather is quite favorable and predictable in this region during the hunting period. During daylight hours the temperature is from 60 to 70F and at night 40 to 45F. In November the temperature is from 5-14F and during nighttime from – 4 to 5 F. Expect chilly morning and evening, windy conditions.

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