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Deepak Rana

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This book by Deepak Rana, who has been a Nepalese outfitter since the 1980s, covers Nepalese hunting history, tells stories of his days guiding in Nepal, and features photos of the many successful clients that he has led into the Himalayas to shoot blue sheep, goral, serow, and tahr.
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Himalayan Hunters
by Deepak SJB Rana

2016 Nepal, 212pp, color and B&W photos, 12.5x9.5, hardcover, dj
ISBN: 978-9937-2-7073-1

This book by Deepak Rana, who has been a Nepalese outfitter since the 1980s, covers Nepalese hunting history, tells stories of his days guiding in Nepal, and features photos of the many successful clients that he has led into the Himalayas to shoot blue sheep, goral, serow, and tahr.

The majority of the book is about hunting in Nepal in historic and modern times. A lot of the black-and-white photos from before World War I through the 1950s are very interesting, and it is obvious that Nepal was at one time the equal of India as a destination for hunting tigers, Indian rhinos, leopards, and other jungle game. Nepalese royalty as well as a parade of English dukes, princes, and kings enjoyed sport in Nepal, mostly from elephant-back. Hunts were conducted with up to 100 elephants making drives through the jungle as guests sat on howdas trying to get a shot at a fleet-footed cat, deer, or rhino.

By the time Rana started guiding, the days of the jungle hunts were just about over. The modern era of Nepal hunting focuses on hunting in the high mountains, and Rana's stories feature clients with the great mountain game that Nepal is still famous for today, such as blue sheep and tahr. An extensive chapter follows him in text and photos on a two-week hunt. The book also tells how the author tried to open new areas to hunting, sometimes successfully and sometimes not.

Additional sections of the book cover guns, man-eaters (they still occur today) and the author's predictions on what the future will bring for hunting in Nepal. Intermixed with these musings are stories of the author's hunts in Africa with his friends and clients.

If you are thinking of hunting in Nepal this book will give you a very good feel of what such a trip will be like. If you like historical photos of Asian hunting, you will also enjoy this book.

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