October 17, Baglung: The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, the only legal hunting area in Nepal, is set to hunt Bharal(Blue Sheep) and five Himalayan Thar this week.
Commercial hunters from abroad have started coming to Dhorpatan to hunt wild animals like blue sheep and Himalayan Thar. The DhorpatanHunting Reserve Office has deployed its staff for necessary arrangements and guidance for hunters.
The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has given permission to hunt seven Bharal and five Himalayan Thar for the first hunting season this year.
Hunting tourism will continue from 19 October to November. According to the Chief Conservation Officer of Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Office, Virendra Prasad Kandel, French, Ukrainian, Mexican and Russian tourists will come for hunting in the first season.
In the first season, hunting will be done in Shed, Fagune, Ghustung, Dogadi, and Sundaha blocks. Chief Conservation Officer Kandel said that hunting is being done in two phases in the Dhorpatan area every year (September-December) in the first season and in February-May.
In the two seasons of last year, 18 Bharal and nine Himalayan Thar were killed. Expensive and adventurous hunters are interested in hunting in remote blocks. A team of hunters spends 15 days in the forest.
The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation determines hunting quotas and revenue rates by inviting electronic bids in each hunting season. Dhorpatan has become an attractive destination for foreigners for adventurous travel and exciting hunting experiences.