Where to hunt Pyrenean Chamois
Pyrenean chamois is a subspecies of chamois, a small mountain goat-antelope that graces with its presence many a mountain range in the Old World. As the name suggests, the Pyrenean chamois inhabits the Pyrenees, a mountain range that separates France from Spain, but most hunting offers are found on the Iberian Peninsula.
Pyrenean chamois hunting in Spain typically cost between $5,000 and $7,000. Before booking a trip, check the outfitter’s pricing policy: some offer the hunt at a flat fee, others – on a daily rate add trophy fee basis. Trophy fee may depend on the size of the horns. The most expensive offers are combination hunts, usually involving an opportunity to harvest both subspecies of Spanish chamois: Pyrenean and Cantabrian.
When to hunt Pyrenean Chamois?
There are two hunting seasons for Pyrenean chamois in Spain. The early summer season runs from May to mid-July, and the fall season continues from September to mid-November. It may be not easy to choose between the two; bear in mind 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 altitudes where other hunting methods are possible, and besides, November may see the beginning of the rutting activity.
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Some European outfitters take advantage of the chamois seasonal migration to wooded areas, and may arrange hunts from blinds, high seats, or driven hunts. But aside from these exceptions, chamois hunting is as pure a mountain game stalking experience as they get. 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.
Why hunt Pyrenean Chamois?
Chamois hunting is an ancient tradition for European mountain nations. It was the chamois hunters that made the glory of the Swiss marksmen, and the strength, agility, courage and marksmanship that it took to bring the animal home, especially when armed with a crossbow or a primitive musket, commanded great respect in the old Europe. Pyrenean chamois hunting is an opportunity not only to immerse into this old tradition, but also to explore the many historical, culinary, and other vacation experiences that Spain is so rich in.
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