The hunting ground covers some 30,000 square kilometers in central Qinghai Province in northwest China. It is home to many hoofed animals including cliff goats, Tibetan antelopes, red deer and white-lip deer. The majority of Tibetan antelopes in the area are aged between 13 and 14 years, and are approaching the average life expectancy of 15.
Wildlife protection is important in the region. Hunters are encouraged to shoot at the old and weak animals, said Yang Hongwei,deputy secretary-general of the Qinghai Provincial wildlife Protection Association.
Income received from admission fees has been used for wildlife publicity and protection, he added.