Features of maral hunting
The maral belongs to the family of the largest deer of all Eurasia. It has been popular among hunters for a long time. It turns out that the horns of this animal contain a substance that is used to treat many diseases. If you hunt in the TRANS-ili Altai, you can find males weighing up to 350 kilograms. Their horns consist of 7-8 appendages, which they shed in early spring. And since may, the formation of new horns takes place, which ends in June. Since it is in young horns, that is, in antlers, that pantocrine is contained, which is widely used in medicine, this is the time when this animal is shot, although the hunting season opens much later. However, the meat of this animal is no less valuable. And, after all, for hunters, this trophy is valuable in itself. Of course, experienced hunters, going to this animal, air guns will not take with them.
The best time to hunt is early December. In the Ile-Alatau national Park, there are special zones where such hunting takes place. A huntsman accompanies all hunters. Since the maral prefers to move around without leaving the forest area, hunters immediately prepare for this type of pastime. If you come across an experienced gamekeeper, then within a short period of time he will find several representatives of this type of animal.
Since such an event consists of a long pursuit of animals, it is better to go on horseback. If you choose the right route, you can quickly catch up with the animals. To a greater extent, this depends on the experience and good knowledge of the area by the gamekeeper. The fact is that in this Park in winter there are trails that are very dangerous, since you can just break into the gorge.
At the moment when you reach the marals, try to recover your breath before shooting. This will give you the opportunity to make more accurate shots from a PCP rifle. Otherwise, your prey will go back to the forest unharmed. The distance depends on the weapon you choose.
If you do fail, don’t despair. Get ready and go again to track down the prey. Soon you will catch up with the animals again, and if you do not repeat your mistake, completely regaining your breath, luck will be on your side. At the same time, try to get as close as possible. This will also guarantee an accurate shot. If your weapon requires an emphasis, look around. Even an ordinary spruce can serve as such an emphasis.