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Cost and Trophy Fees for Himalayan Bharal Trophy Hunt
The average price to hunt Blue Sheep on a big game ranch is between $8,000 and $13,000. The final total depends on the size of the rack, trophy fee, rifle or bow hunt, number of days, taxidermy fees, guide fees, quality of accommodations, amenities and services available.
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Hunting Trophy Bharal Blue Sheep
In Hindi, the name “Bharal” translates as “Indian.” The Bharal. a mountain sheep, is typically found in its natural habitat above 9,800 feet, but also at much lower altitudes if found on an exotic hunting ranch in Texas. The Himalayan Blue Sheep have very stout, heavy horns that curve up and to the sides, swinging down as they curve back in toward the body. These horns are a muted brown in color, and they reach up to 32 inches in length for a trophy male, and eight inches for females. The horns make a splendid trophy to any room.
The Bharal has a medium build, ranging from 77 to 165 pounds. It stands from 27 to 36 inches tall when measuring to the shoulder, and it is about 45 to 65 inches in length. Despite the name it’s been given, the Bharal is not actually a sheep, and it is not blue. The coats tend to be gray. The fur on the animal’s belly and underside tends to be white, though the lower legs are often very dark, as is the chest. The face sometimes has a little bit of white coloring, but it mainly adheres to the gray or light brown found over the rest of the Bharal’s body.
Much of the Bharal’s life is devoted to survival, either in searching out new grasslands to forage for in high mountain meadows, or avoiding the Snow Leopard, for which it is a main food source. Its main survival instinct, though, is standing motionless and hidden when predators approach. Though they will live in packs, the animals tend to keep their packs rather small. Typically, there are only a few per square mile, except in the winter months with the pack size increases dramatically.
Native Habitat and Countries
The Bharal is found in India, Pakistan and throughout the Himalayan mountain range. It does tend to stick to remote areas, like the northeastern border of Hunza in Pakistan and the eastern watershed, near the great Baltoro Glacier system, which is found in Baltistan.