Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is only one hunting reserve of Nepal established in 1987. Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve has been spread in the mid-Western development zone, Rukum district of Rapti zones and western development area, Bagluung and Magdi district of Dhaulagiri zones. It covers an area of 1,325 square km ( 512 square miles) western part of Nepal in Dhaulagiri Himal Renge. It adjoins Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung districts. In altitude it ranges from 2,850 to 5,500 m (9,350 to 18,040 ft). In this hunting reserve, 32 species of mammals are found. The major beasts are Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Red Panda, and Blue Sheep. There are 164 species of birds, including Koklass Pheasant, Cheer Pheasant, and Impeyan Pheasant in the list of protected birds and two reptile species also occur.

Due to the systematic prey arrangement organized in hunting reserve, the nation has got to earn foreign currency and tourism has been developed locally. This reserve is a major destination for a professional alien hunter. The National Parks and Wildlife Protection Department will be hunting on the basis of competition by calculating the annual quota by calculating and monitoring the main wildlife tours and storms of time. If this is done to hunt, animals are not very low or severe. Also, the situation does not arise too much to increase the number of animals to harm their own habitat or to make excessive damage to the local crop.

Management objectives of the reserve allow sports trophy hunting and preserve a representative high altitude ecosystem fulfills in Nepal. This single hunting reserve of Nepal fulfills to meet the needs of hunting for Nepalese and foreign hunters of Bluesheep, Himalayan Tahr and some game animal Leopard, Goral, Serow, Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Muntjac & Wilbour etc. But nowhere are only four hunting animal is allowed to hunt in this reserve and whole Nepal. There are also some endangered animals as like Musk Deer, Wolf, Red Panda, Cheer Pleasant and Danphe in this Reserve.

Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is dividing in six hunting block for the management of best sports trophy hunting, stop poaching and preserve a representative ecosystem.

Hunting Block & Hunting Animal:
Southern Hunting Block:
1) Falguna ----------------- Blue sheep & Himalayan Tahr.
2) Barse ------------------- Blue sheep
3) Gustang ---------------- Blue sheep & Himalayan Tahr
4) Surtibang -------------- Himalayan Tahr

Northern Hunting Block:
1) Seng ------------------ Blue sheep & Himalayan Tahr.
2) Dogadi ---------------- Blue sheep & Himalayan Tahr.
3) Sundaha -------------- Blue sheep & Himalayan Tahr.

The higher elevations remain snow-capped throughout the year. Altitudes vary from 3000 meters to more than 8,000 meters ( (Dhaulagiri Himal). The flat meadows above tree line 4000 meter, locally known as Patan, are important for animals like the Blue Sheep and other herbivores.

The monsoon fasts until the beginning of October. Daytime temperatures are very low during winter due to strong winds. Higher elevations remain covered with the cloud in the morning, later clouds are cleared by the wind. Snow may occur even at low elevation until early April, however, it soon melts.

Flora and Fauna:
The reserve is characterized by alpine, subalpine and high temperate vegetation. Common plant species include fir, pine, and birch, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, juniper and spruce, pasturelands occupy more than 50% of the total area of the reserve at a higher elevation.

The landscape consists of forests, marshland (called Dhor), and flat meadows (called Patan). The higher elevations remain snow-covered throughout the year. 58 vascular plants have been recorded in the reserve. Flowering plants include 36 endemic species. 18 mammal species include snow leopard, musk deer, red panda, and blue sheep. 137 bird species include Koklass Pheasant, Cheer Pheasant, and Impeyan Pheasant and two reptile species also occur.

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