I have been on many big game hunts, but this one was the best.
My airline (AA) refused to check my rifle all the way through to Dushanbe. They incorrectly contended that because I would change airlines in Chicago (Turkish Air), I needed written permission from that airline to transport a rifle and cartridges. After 2.5 hours of arguing with supervisors, we compromised and they checked everything to Istanbul. When I arrived there, I learned that the baggage claim is on Turkish soil, so I needed a Turkish visa, which I was easily able to get, but it took two hours. By the time I got to the carousel, my gun and bags were gone. The Turkish police had seized my rifle and refused to return it except I was allowed to retrieve on my way back to the U.S. I retrieved my rifle and other items on the way back.
Fortunately, Bryan and I are about the same size so I was able to borrow warm clothes from him, including boots and a nice 7mm. I practiced for a day and ended up with a large ram and a large Ibex as well.
This trip is expensive (for me anyway) so I agree is critically important to locate the right outfitter. Bryan’s guides were terrific, as was the food and everything else about the experience. I recommend Bryan and his service to you without reservation. Feel free to call me to discuss.