Earlier, only foreigners were allowed to fish in the reserve.
The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has decided to allow Nepalese poachers to hunt wild boar in Durban in the first hunting season (mid-September to mid-December) of the current fiscal year. But Nepalese hunting enthusiasts are forbidden to hunt Himalayan blue sheep (Naur) and Himalayan Tahr (Jharal) – the main attractions of the reserve.
The administration decided to allow Nepalese to fish here with the aim of promoting local tourism, increasing revenue and protecting crops in the fields. Those interested in hunting wild boar in the reserve should submit bids. “We will soon invite bids for tender,” said Birendra Prasad Kandel, Chief Conservation Officer, Durbatan Game Reserve.
According to him, the latest development came after complaints from local residents about the increase in wild boar numbers and the devastation it is causing to farmers’ crops.
Earlier, foreigners were allowed to chase Nur and Jaharal after obtaining permits. Besides Nur and Jaral, a foreign hunter could catch one wild boar, one barking deer, and 10 birds. Some of them used to hunt wild boars, Kandel said, but most did not.
The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve spans an area of 1,325 square kilometers along the Dhaulagiri mountain range in the regions of Rukum (Eastern), Myagdi and Baglung. Founded in 1983 and published in the Official Gazette four years later. The reserve is divided into six blocks for hunting purposes. Approximately one-third of the reserve’s area is flat grassland, known locally as Bataan, one-third of which includes forests and hills while the remaining one-third is a buffer zone.
According to Kandel, separate hunting blocks are designated for hunting wild boar based on their population density. Wild boar hunting has been devoted in the Dhorpatan valley in Baglung district and Gurja in Myagdi which has a high density of wild boar.
The National Park and Wildlife Conservation Department invites hunting enthusiasts to hunt wildlife in Durban in the second or third week of September each year. After obtaining the permits, hunters are allowed to hunt Himalayan blue sheep, Himalayan boar and wild boar in Singh, Gustung, Dugadi, Pars, Fagon, Sundaha and Sortepang districts. Fishermen from different countries visit Dhorpatan every year.
Hunting is allowed in two seasons – the first season runs from mid-September to mid-December and the second season runs from mid-February to mid-April. Fishermen can enter the hunting area with a liaison officer and a reserve permit. According to the current legal provisions, hunters cannot hunt animals at night or kill children and females of this species.
Dorpatan Hunting Sanctuary is home to 32 species of mammals and 130 species of birds. According to the reserve office, there are about 852 Himalayan blue sheep and 200 Himalayan birds in the forests of the reserve. Snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, barking deer, spotted deer, red pandas, wild boars, and Himalayan ogres are also found among other wild animals in the reserve but their hunting is prohibited. The Himalayan blue sheep are a major attraction for hunters who visit the reserve.