Outfitter #057

Argali Sheep and ibex in Mongolia


Dedicated big game hunters throughout the world have long sought the magnificent horns of the great mountain sheep found in Mongolia, sure to be high on any hunter’s list of the world’s top trophies. Mongolia opened hunting to outsiders more than 40 years ago, and has remained available, productive, and stable ever since. This makes it one of the longest-standing hunting destinations in Asia, with local Mongolian hunting guides ranking among some of the continent’s most experienced mountain guides.

When most hunters think about Mongolia images of the great argali come to mind, and indeed Mongolia hosts the largest-bodied sheep in the world, and has produced rams with the greatest horn mass. There are actually three different types of argali in Mongolia: High Altay, Hangay and the Gobi argali. Hunting in Mongolia, however, isn’t just about the giant argali rams. The big Siberian ibex is also found in the Altay range, and the smaller Gobi ibex is plentiful in the scattered mountains of the Gobi Desert. Besides argali sheep and ibex, Mongolia also has Black-tailed and White-tailed gazelle, Wolf, Asian wapiti (elk) and Siberian roe deer.

Altay Argali - Ovis Ammon Ammon - This beautiful sheep inhabits the Altay Mountains and are the largest sheep on the planet. We find some exceptional rams at our special areas with extensive scouting. The average size of trophy 55’’ however we have excellent areas which produce up to 66 ‘’ world record class trophies.  

Hangay Argali – Ovis Ammon Hangaii - This beautiful sheep inhabits the Hangay Mountains and rams are smaller than Altai Argali but bigger than Gobi Argali in body and horn size. This sheep was called “Mid-Altay Argali”, however today it is recognized as Hangay Argali. We find some exceptional rams at our special areas by extensive scouting. Average trophy size is 52’’ and 55’’. Also we may find 58’’ and bigger trophies on our hunting areas.

Gobi Argali – Ovis Ammon Darwini – Ram’s weighs around 300-pounds with horns around 43-45”, similar to those of an Altay argali, being nearly as massive but shorter. Upper parts are a variegated yellowish-brown; the flanks and front of thighs are a more uniform darker brown. This subspecies does not grow a neck ruff.

Altay Ibex (Siberian – Capra Sibirica Sibirica) & Gobi Ibex (Capra Sibirica Hagenbecki) - Altay Ibex inhabits the magnificent Altay Mountains of west Mongolia. The average trophy size is 40-43”. Gobi Ibex inhabits the mountains of Gobi desert in the south and southwest of Mongolia. The average length of the Gobi ibex horns is 36-38”. The horns are slimmer and shorter than Altay Ibex. General color is pale brown without a lighter saddle. Hunting starts very early in the mornings with glassing for ibex. Once the ibex are found, the final stalk is usually carried out on foot or sometimes on horseback. Fly camps are sometimes necessary, and may save time. The terrain is not very rough; however the big ibex usually live on the rocky areas. We also use 4x4 vehicles to cover more areas, but being in good shape helps since the ibex hunts may require some extra effort. The shooting distance is usually between 220-330 yards.

The base camps are traditional Mongolian yurts, with comfortable beds, wood stoves and separate dining areas. Sometimes tented hunts are arranged according to the location of the sheep.


Gobi Argali - $85,000

Hangay Argali - $95,000

High Altay Argali - $150,000 

High Altay Argali - Special area - average 59-60 inches - $200,000


Altay Ibex - $12,500

Gobi Ibex - $12,500

$500/day/person - observer


Argali - July – September

Ibex – July – Mid-October

Maral Stag - September


Visa invitation, hunting licenses, gun import permit, hunting organization up to mentioned days and one trophy fee of mentioned species, area fees, customs clearance, transfer from/to closest airport of main destination, full board accommodation at hunting area, interpreter and local guide. 


Visa costs, international & domestic air fares, hotels accommodations before and/or after the hunts, hotel extras, trip insurance, medical memberships, trophy shipment $1,000/Ibex; $1,500/Argali, tips, extra trophies, sightseeing tours, booking handling and formalities $500, taxidermy, CITES permits.


Sample Itinerary
Day 1: Depart home for Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia via Seoul, Korea
Day 2: Arrive in Ulaanbaatar where you will be bet by the interpreter and transferred to hotel
Day 3: Transfer to hunting area

Your booked hunt, schedule varies by species, camp and length of hunt

Departure Itinerary
Day 1: Depart camp for Ulaanbaatar and overnight
Day 2: Depart Ulaanbaatar for home

You may also fly to Beijing, China where you may sight see for a few days before you fly on to Ulaanbaatar.
You will need a double-entry VISA and transition service for this option.
Round-trip transition service includes
Chinese in-transit firearm permit, airport-hotel transfers, personalized assistance with Chinese customs and two nights firearm/ammunition storage.

Physical Requirement Level

Level 4 - All sheep hunts, goat, most grizzly and brown bear, some mountain lion and elephant. The terrain and/or animals can involve some dangerous situations. These hunts will probably require extreme physical endurance and some athletic ability.

Additional Information
Approach: Spot and Stalk.
Equipment: Automobile,Horseback.

Updated: 2018-03-02 17:31:07