Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only area in Nepal where licensed hunting is allowed. Established in 1987 it covers and area of 1325 km squares. The reserve adjoins Myagdi district and Baglung districe, jut below the Dhaulagir range in West Nepal. The reserve begins at 3,000 m and reaches 7,000 m. Trees like fir, pine, birch, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, juniper and spruce are available in the reserve.
One of the prime attractions for hunters is the blue sheep, which is abundant in the area. Hunters also get pheasants and partridges in viable numbers for hunting. Other animals found here are leopard, ghoral, serow, Himlayan tahr, Himalayan black bear, barking deer, wild boar, langur and mouse hare. Endangered animals in the reserve are musk deer, wolf, red panda, cheer pheasant and Danphe.
Activities: Trophy hunting, game viewing
Access: Four day’s walk from Baglung, which is 72 kms from Pokhara by road.
Best Season: Mar-Apr, Oct-Nov; Jul-Sep (monsoon), Dec-Feb (cold, windy, snow)