The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only hunting reserve in Nepal. Established in 1987 it covers an area of 1,325 km2 (512 sq mi) in the Dhaulagiri Himal of western Nepal in the Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung Districts. In altitude it ranges from 2,850 to 5,500 m (9,350 to 18,000 ft) with many arrays wildlife reserve, national parks & with majestic highest himalayan range, adds incredible beauty to the world. The most beautiful set of hunting reserve that alone compels world to know the beauty of Nepal is Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve. The area is characterized by well – developed mixed- hardwood forest of drier climate to north. We can see the nice view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, fishtail & Manaslu range with good sunrise from here. The major ethics groups of this region are Magar, Thakali, Brahmin, Chettri , Sunar & finally Tibetian & Magar in Dhorpatan. There is mixed pattern of culture. In this particulars area it is made up by two distinct groups that being people of Tibet descent & hill tribes who supplement farming with animal & trade husbandry. Local people of Dhorpatan depend on reserve to meet their requirements of timber, fuel wood & pasture. You can meet people in remote mountain villages whose lifestyle has not changed with time.
Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only one spot in Nepal where licensed hunting is permitted. All parts of reserve is surrounded by village expect north. Especial permit is needed for Filming. The reserve is divided into seven six blocks for hunting management purposes. The reserve is categorized by alpine, sub- alpine & high temperate vegetation. Common plants species include fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, Juniper, spruce & up to 36 species of flora. The dhorpatan hunting reserve is one of the prime habitants for blue sheep, a covered trophy. Other animals found include leopard, goral, sorrow, Himalayan black bear, barking deer, wild boar, rhesus macaque, languor monkey & mouse hare. Endangered animals in the reserve include musk deer, wolf & red panda. The birds specious found within the reserve is rich in diversity including several endangered species of pheasants & partridge, mostly Chir Pheasant and the nine different colored Danphe, the national bird of Nepal.
Other than this, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is also an attractive destination for trekkers & wildlife enthusiast who wish to visit this isolated area. . Dhorpatan is naturally & culturally rich palace. The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve has set aside a dedicated area where only certain wild species are permitted to be culled for controlling the general population of this area. It is fact that there is limited amount of hunting operations in the reserve.
Area for hunting: Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve
Best season for hunting: March, April, October & November
Current available hunting: Himalayan Tahr, Blue Sheep, Wild Boar, Barking Deer & Spotted Deer