Late in 2016 my old friend Gilles Bolduc invited me to join his party on an adventure in the Caucus mountains of Azerbaijan. The goal was to hike these steep mountains to possibly see and harvest a large, old elusive Dagestan Tur.
So on May 23 I boarded a Turkish Airlines 777 and made the rendezvous in the Baku airport where our outfitter Kenan Sherif met us, cleared our hunting rifles and whisked us off to the hotel.
We picked up some mutton on the way to hold us over until we bagged a Tur which we would rely upon to feed the entire camp. All told we were about 12 guides, a cook and 5 hunters.
Upon arrival at the base of the mountains, we were met by the guides who loaded our gear and food into a monster, vintage army truck.
The truck rode us up the valley to a military checkpoint where we spent an hour getting our papers signed to spend time in the mountains. Then we drove up the river valley and forded with a couple of resets after getting the 6 wheel drive stuck.
We proceeded up the valley to a plain where we proved our shooting irons and loaded up the horses for the last push to base camp.
Base camp was a stone hut built apparently by the camp cook from local river rock. Early dinner and bedtime that night to ready for 3 am wake up, breakfast and hard hiking.