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The other continents are generally more “specialized” than North America and Africa. This is not universal. Argentina, New Zealand, and several European countries (Spain and most of the countries of Eastern Europe) offer a “mixed bag” of hunting with a variety of wildlife that actually rivals some African areas and exceeds anything we have here in North America. But the majority of hunts in Europe, Asia, and the South Pacific are more specialized endeavors. You go to specific places, targeting specific animals that you have dreamed of for many years.

Once again every country is slightly different, not only in terms of game but also hunting conditions and local hunting traditions. The traditions are especially important in Europe, and are a very important part of the experience. Traditions vary tremendously, from stalking stags in the Scottish highlands to joining Scandinavian hunters in their time-honored driven hunts, to hunting ibex and chamois in Europe’s many mountain ranges.

Asia is different yet, perhaps the most specialized of all hunting situations—but how can one characterize the hunting across a land mass as huge as Asia? It’s all good, but much of it is exceptionally good, not only in the awesome creatures to be found, but also the sights and sounds that go far beyond the hunting experience itself.  Nepal’s majestic Himalayas were fantastic, probably my choice as my most memorable of all mountains hunts. But I’ll never forget seeing (honest) hundreds of Marco Polo argali in eastern Tajikistan, and I’ve had fantastic hunts in Turkey, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and, well, that’s my problem in life: It’s all good, and there are very few places I’ve been that I wouldn’t like to return to. On the other hand, there are lots of places I haven’t been to yet! Fortunately time still remains…