The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve is the only one hunting reserve area of Nepal where licensed hunting is permitted. It was established in the year 2041 B.S. (1985AD.). This reserve is stretched through Rukum, Myagdi and Baglung districts just below the Dhaulagiri Range in the west Nepal. There are Putha, Churen and Gurja Himal extended over the northern boundary of the reserve. It has the area of 1325 square kilometers or 512 sq. mi about 260 km north-west of Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. It ranges from 2,850 to 5,500 meter or 9,350 to 18,000 ft. in altitudes.
It is established with the view of encouraging the Nepalese and foreign hunters. This reserve is divided into 6 categories for hunting management purposes. It seems that such division has made the management of hunting easy and effective. It has helped a lot in earning foreign currency.
This protected area is characterized by alpine, sub-alpine and high temperature vegetation. Different types of vegetation such as birch, juniper, fire, pine, hemlock, oak, spruce, and rhododendron are found here.
One of the prime and important attractions for hunters is the blue sheep, which is abundant in the region. Besides that blue sheep, other wildlife of this reserve are leopard, ghoral, snow leopard, musk deer, red panda, Tibetan wolf, jharal, Himalayan thar, snow bear, Himalayan Black bear, barking deer wild boar, rhesus macaque, Langur, mouse hare, musk deer, wolf red panda, cheer pheasant and Danphe available here. The reserve has 137 birds’ species such as cheer pheasant and Himalayan pile woodpecker. About 50 percent of the total protected area of this reserve is pasturelands at higher elevation.
This reserve has been set up with the objective of utilizing the wildlife as well as conserving them. There has been a provision of hunting specific animals in a specific area and in a specific time after getting a license. But they are not allowed to kill the animals in large number of make them disappear. For proper management, only those animals which have grown up in a great number are allowed to be hunted in a limited number. It also helps to protect the habitats of wild animals and birds.
The best time or season to visit this reserve is between September to May.