A Kilgore man’s hunting trip to Pakistan turned into an ordeal when he was almost arrested along the way, but he wouldn’t trade the experience for anything and says he would return in a heartbeat.
The problem: they apparently believed Headley might be an American assassin. …………………………………………………………………..
He was pleasantly surprised when they returned to the Shimshal with his blue sheep because the hunting party was greeted with a parade.
As they walked down the rocky road into town they were also serenaded by a little band the village formed just the week before.
“The whole town, including all the little kids, came out and greeted us,” Headley said. “For them, it’s a big deal. They don’t get many visitors anyway and I was only the second outsider to hunt for blue sheep outside their local area”
He was also presented with a ceremonial robe made of wool.
Despite the extreme physical toll on his body and the misunderstanding with foreign officials, now that he’s been back in Texas a couple of weeks and recovered, Headley says he would go back again.
“They were very good people, “Headley said. “They did everything they could for me and I did not feel out of place as an American. Anytime it looked like I might slip, there would be two or three sets of hands ready to catch me.
“They weren’t going to let anything happen to me because they’re hoping I will go back and tell others ” Headley returned to Dubai (as planned) and his hunting equipment was returned to him (as hoped) and he had no further problems, though the trip took four days longer than he expected due to the length of the treks to and from the village to hunt. For complete story and Pictures visit News Herald and Pakistan Guides.