Where to hunt Chamois
Chamois is a European species, and no wonder most chamois hunting opportunities are located in the Old World. The Pyrenees (Spain and France), the Balkans (Macedonia and Bulgaria) and the Carpathian (Romania) ranges are world-famous chamois hunting destinations, and the animal can also be hunted in the north-east of Turkey. In addition, chamois was introduced to New Zealand, where many outfitters offer chamois hunting trips.
Chamois hunting opportunities in Europe start at about $1,200-$1,500, but you should bear in mind that these prices often don't include trophy fees, which can add from $1,500 to $4,000 to the price, depending on the size of the antlers. Chamois hunting in New Zealand may cost about $8,000 or so, but that's usually a flat fee that covers everything or most everything. Combination hunts where chamois is included in a package with other species (like tahr) are more expensive, but usually provide more value per trophy.
When to hunt Chamois?
In the Old World, chamois hunting seasons typically begin in September and run until January. The best chamois hunting, as with many ungulates, is the rut time, which usually falls on November-December in the Northern Hemisphere, and in May in New Zealand (where chamois hunting is open the year round). Another factor is that in the summer chamois dwell in alpine meadows where they are easier to spot and stalk, while in the winter they descend to lower, wooded altitudes, where other hunting methods are possible.
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Chamois hunting is, with a few exceptions that will be mentioned below, as pure a mountain game hunt as it goes. It's all about spot-and-stalk. The animals spend most of the day lying about chewing cud, so you'll have to be up the mountain by sunrise to catch the "happy hour" when they move from feeding to bedding areas. Then comes the stalk, where escaping the creature's powerful eyesight is as difficult as navigating through rough mountain terrain. A chamois is a small target, and mountain winds are proverbially treacherous, so even if you are a confident long-range shot, a close stalk is advisable. Some European outfitters take advantage of the chamois's seasonal migration to wooded areas, and may arrange hunts from blinds, high seats, or driven hunts.
Why hunt Chamois? All hunts (75)
In old Europe the saying that someone would "climb the mountains after the chamois" had a definite, if broad, message. It was a bit of looking down on recklessness of risking life and limb, and spending so much effort, to secure such a small animal. But it was also a sign of respect for the strength, agility, courage and marksmanship that it took to bring the animal home, especially when armed with a crossbow or a primitive musket. It was the chamois hunters that made the glory of the Swiss marksmen. But chamois hunting is not only about immersion into an ancient tradition. Hunting chamois up in the mountains is one of the purest forms of mountain hunting, and anything you would read about sheep hunting in your Jack O'Connor applies to the chamois. This little creature is a good introduction into mountain hunting for someone who can't afford a bighorn or Marko Polo yet, and its tiny horns may be the start of a long, challenging, and exciting journey.
Chamois Hunt '20 New Zealand
New Zealand has some of the best Tahr hunting in the world. Tahr have drawn hunters from around the world to New Zealand to hunt these magnificent animals. They are known for the steep, rugged and remote habitat they live in and look very majestic in our mountains with their beautiful winter cape. The package includes 5 hunting days and 4 nights - 1 hunter / 1 guide and 1 trophy Chamois. For Tahr & Chamois hunts we suggest the use of a helicopter to access higher hunting terrain. Additional cost for helicopter is approximately $1,500 - $2,500. This cost is reduced if the helicopter is shared with other hunters.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2020 31 Oct 2020
South Pacific Trio Special New Zealand
World class trophies in stunning scenery. We offer the finest red stag hunting in New Zealand. We have produced several former world records - and there will be more. Over the last few seasons, New Zealand's largest red stags have been harvested on our property. SCI gold medal benchmarks will vary from year to year; at the time of writing a gold medal stag starts near SCI 361. A gold medal stag will typically carry more than 20 points and is a very impressive animal. When a stag roars it is a gutteral, hair-raising, lion-like roar that will be sure to get your heart racing. To hunt a roaring stag at close quarters is one of the world’s most unforgettable hunting experiences. The Himalayan tahr in his full winter glory, with golden mane flowing in the wind, is arguably one of the most impressive game animals in the world. Their habitat makes them one of the most challenging and rewarding trophies to obtain. The horns of the chamois found in New Zealand are as large as any found elsewhere in the world. Trophy horns start at 8 ½ inches long but can be as long as 11 inches. The chamois has keen senses especially its eyesight. It is very vocal when disturbed emitting sharp warning whistles. The winter pelts are a luxurious black color, with white facial features. In summer they are an attractive fawn tan. Additional management hunt on species of choice for no additional cost. Package includes 7 days / 6 nights as well 1x Red stag trophy (up to 360 SCI), 1x Tahr and 1x Chamois (best available). Helicopter access can be arranged to the tahr and chamois hunting areas at an additional $1500-2500 USD p/hour. BONUS! Free of charge touring for yourself or any additional travelers.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2021 31 Aug 2021
Pyrenean Chamois hunt Spain
The Pyrenean Chamois is with no doubt the bigger of the 2 chamois we have in Spain, in terms of body size and also of Trophy size. We hunt this Pyrenean chamois in one of the best areas we have in Spain, located on Cataluña district, on the Pyrenees Mountains where you can shot trophies up to Bronze medal sometimes even Gold medal trophies. A rifle test is always necessary, so we will make the necessary checks before the hunt. We use to do that on the Ground to make sure the rifle is accurate. We can rent you one perfectly optimized for this hunting with good scopes at very good zeroing. On the first day, the hunt will star after breakfast, at 8h00. We will move in the mountains in 4×4 and we start spotting the best areas where the Chamois use to feed. The hunting can takes only a few hours, or a whole day depending of the chances we can have. The 90% of the hunters take the sizes as trophy like they are looking for. We never shot trophies below the minimum size expected by the hunter. In this area it is possible a combination of this hunting trophy with a Roe Buck, only during the spring (under request) One day 2, if we didn’t take the trophy the first day, we will have the same program as day 1. On the last day, we come back to Barcelona, where the guide will support you for the firearm formalities.
Trip duration: 2 - 3 days
Hunting season: 1 Nov 2020 28 Feb 2021
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