Web Desk, The American man hunted the highest priced Astor Markhor (Capra Falconeri) in the current hunting trophy season after paying a license fee of $61,500. According to a news report, the Gilgit-Baltistan Wildlife Department said that Edward Joseph Hudson hunted Markhor in the Dashkin-Meshkan-Turboling (DMT) protected area of Astor. The horns of the hunted animal are 41 inches long.
For the 2020-2021 trophy hunting program, the Gilgit-Baltistan Department of Wildlife, Environment, and Forests auctioned only 4 hunting permits for Astor Markhor. 18 for Blue Sheep and 18 for Himalayan Ibex.
Keep in mind that the trophy hunting season starts in November and ends in April. Local, Pakistani, and foreign hunters hunt trophies in safe areas of Gilgit-Baltistan after obtaining a license.
The American hunter paid 61,500 to get the highest-rated Markhor hunting license. Last month, another American, Joseph Bradford, set the record for the first trophy hunting with a bow and arrow by hunting a 40-inches horned Kashmiri Markhor in the Toshi Shasha area of Chitral.
Joseph Bradford paid a hefty fee to obtain a license. According to the reports, 80 percent of the proceeds from the permit go to local people, which is used for their collective development and for the employment of unemployed youth through village conservation committees.
The trophy hunting program was launched in the 1980s under the International Convention on the Rare Generation of Warfare and is allowed only in certain areas of Gilgit-Baltistan. Anyone found involved in poaching is caught and punished.