Where to hunt Beceite Ibex
Beceite ibex, along with Ronda, Gredos 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. The Beceite Ibex inhabits the mountain ranges of Spain that are located roughly between Madrid, the capital city and a great transport hub, and the Mediterranean Coast near Valencia, another popular tourist destination.
Beceite ibex hunting provides one of the most affordable opportunities for mountain hunting, provided the hunter is after the experience of the chase and does not put much value on the horns of the trophy. Management or female hunts start as low as $3,200, and package hunts that include a decent, but not record-book, male trophy, go for $5,000-7,000. On the other hand, trophy fees for a record book class trophy can be as high as $15,000 or more. 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 Beceite Ibex?
The Beceite ibex hunting season is generous, and lasts from November 1 to May 31. 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, in late April and May. The mountains are supposed to be easier to traverse in spring than in winter.
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Spain is a popular resort destination, but hunting Beceite ibex is usually the opposite of taking it easy on the beach. The ibex are usually more active early in the morning and late in the evening, as they feed, move, and (during the rut) challenge each other, so prepare to rise before sundown and go to bed late. At midday the Ibex usually bed to chew their cud, so a hunter may enjoy a siesta. You will be accompanied by an experienced guide who will help with anything from spotting to trophy estimation, which makes ibex hunting in Spain a great introduction into mountain hunting.
Why hunt Beceite Ibex?
Beceite Ibex is the second largest of the Spanish varieties of ibex, in both body and horn size. Their horns typically have an distinctive shape, spreading out horizontally “like wings of an airplane”, as one outfitter puts it. 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. Located just a short ride from the beautiful and historically significant cities of Spain, starting with Madrid, and the beeches of the Mediterranean Sea, this hunt combines perfectly with a family vacation. Top that with an exciting classic mountain hunting adventure, and you have a package that will make you want to repeat the experience again and again.
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