For veteran hunter Hossein Ahmadi, the decision to destroy his equipment was an easy one, especially since he'd seen the impact of overhunting first-hand.
"I mostly hunted partridges, hares, wood pigeons and a few other local birds. But even then, I realize now that what I did was damaging to our local wildlife. There are hardly any partridges left in this area. The nearby mountains used to be full of wild goats, but now there are only a dozen left. There also used to be a beautiful bird called the Sandgrouse, which nested all over the mountains, but nobody has seen them in 15 years," says Ahmadi.
"Hunting is out of control, and it's destroying our wildlife. That's why I and other hunters decided to set an example by taking an oath to stop killing all animals."
Over the last century, several iconic species in Iran have been hunted to extinction -- including the Iranian lion and Mazandaran tiger. Wildlife authorities fear that if hunting continues unabated, dozens other animals will soon meet that same fate.