Where to hunt Gredos Ibex
Gredos ibex, along with Beceite, Ronda, and southeastern ibex, is one of the four types of ibex to be found in Spain. From biological point of view, Ronda and southeastern ibex form one subspecies, and Gredos and Beceite ibex the other, but trophy books have different entries for each of the species because of significant difference in size and shape of the horns. Look for the Gredos ibex in the central mountain range of Spain, a short distance westward from the nation’s beautiful capital, Madrid.
Spanish outfitters call Gredos ibex “the most exclusive and representative trophy of Spain”. You can tell as much from the price of the hunt. The price usually begins at about $8,000, and may reach $15,000 or more, if you are fortunate to harvest an exceptional trophy with some of the outfitters. Don’t forget to add the cost of preparing and shipping your trophy back home. The more expensive ibex hunts are usually package deals, with more than one trophy or species included, or calculated for a group of a few hunters.
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When to hunt Gredos Ibex?
A Gredos ibex hunter may take advantage of the longest hunting seasons of all the Spanish varieties of ibex, running from early September to late June. The best time for ibex hunting is usually the rut, which happens in late November – early December. Some hunters, however, prefer to hunt the end of the season, May and June.
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Hunting Gredos Ibex is not much different from hunting any other kind of ibex. Prepare to get up early to be up in the mountains by sunrise and end the hunt at sundown, as the animals usually move about and feed in the mornings and evenings, and bed to chew cud mid-day. A siesta in the afternoon, when the ibex are hard to see, is not out of the question. This is a classic mountain spot and stalk hunt. Hunting ibex in Spain is a great introduction to mountain hunting, not only because it is a classic mountain hunt that takes place in a safe and easily accessible location, but also because you will be accompanied by an experienced guide who will help with anything from spotting to trophy estimation.
Why hunt Gredos Ibex?
The Gredos Ibex is the largest of the Spanish varieties of ibex, in both body and horn size. It has beautiful horns, tightly curled in a lyra shape. It is amazing how populations of basically the same species, located near each other, develop such different shapes of horns, and it’s easy to understand hunters who seek to collect all four subspecies of Spanish ibex. The hunt will take place in the heart of Spain, offering rich opportunities to explore the country’s rich cultural heritage, exclusive cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and (in the start and the end of the season) seaside rendezvous. If you’re looking for a perfect family vacation topped with an exciting classic mountain hunting adventure, you simply can’t pass a chance to hunt Gredos ibex in Spain.
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