Where to hunt Himalayan Tahr
Himalayan Tahr, as the name suggests, is the native of the Himalayas. It is endangered across most of its original range, and hunting Himalayan Tahr there are strictly limited. Fortunately for the species (and mountain hunters), a healthy free-ranging population exist in New Zealand, which is currently the prime destination for Himalayan Tahr hunting. Legal options to hunt Himalayan Tahr also exist in countries like Macedonia and Argentina.
Hunting Himalayan Tahr in Nepal will cost in the neighborhood of $25,000-$30,000. For less pricier opportunities check out countries where Himalayan Tahr were introduced. Of those New Zealand offers the most affordable Himalayan Tahr hunts, that will cost you from $5,000 for a basic hunt to $7,000-$10,000 for a longer adventure with helicopter transfer to a spike camp in an otherwise inaccessible wilderness.
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When to hunt Himalayan Tahr?
Himalayan Tahr hunting season in Nepal is open in October-November and March-April. In areas where Himalayan Tahr was introduced, most notably New Zealand, hunting is possible all year; however, aerial access to some areas could be closed in certain periods. Typically for the ungulates, the rut is the best time to hunt Tahr. In New Zealand it usually occurs in late spring.
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Himalayan Tahr are typically found on higher elevations than most other mountain game. This puts extra requirements to the physical condition of the hunter and may call for an additional day or two of adjustment. The Tahr commonly move up and down during the day, descending to the alpine meadows to feed, and ascending to the mountain tops to rest and chew cud. Old males that are targeted by mountain hunters are often the most conspicuous, and at the same time the most difficult to approach. They typically “stand guard” above family groups on high cliffs, and stay extremely alert. Spot and stalk is the go-to method for Tahr hunting. Long shots at a small target in unpredictable winds make Himalayan Tahr hunting as challenging and exciting as any other mountain hunt.
Why hunt Himalayan Tahr? All hunts (17)
Himalayan Tahr hunting has a strong conservation significance. With human encroachment and habitat loss across its native range, it was once on the brink of extinction. Today, very limited and highly regulated hunting is used to finance conservation and restoration projects in its native Nepal. A great assistance and assurance comes from the New Zealand population, which was created in the early XX century by sportsmen, and has by now grown so much that their numbers must be seriously controlled to protect the indigenous fauna. The thrill that the hunters experience while pursuing this noble and worthy quarry translates into security of the species. And both the Himalayas or the mountains of New Zealand offer most striking landscapes and belong to the must-visit places.
Trophy Hunting Special 1x1 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. To hunt a roaring stag at close quarters is one of the world’s most unforgettable hunting experiences. Tahr can be hunted all year round; however their pelts are at their best from May to September. Their rut period is May/June, during this time larger bulls are easier to locate as they join with the nannies. Chamois can be hunted all year round, however their pelts are at their best from April to August (winter colours) and December to February (summer colours.) Their rut period is May/June. Fallow deer are the most aggressive of the deer species with males sometimes fighting till death during the rut. Fallow deer rut a little later than red deer, and become very vocal in April to May. They can be hunted from late February until end of August. Bucks become more visible during the rut and in the later part of the season. Our wapiti trophies all score at least in the high 300s. In the 2006 season we made the record books again with a bull scoring 490 SCI. In 2008 we overtook our current world record with a monster measuring SCI 541 1/8. Additional management hunt on species of choice for no additional cost. Choose from our species and the accommodation you wish to stay.
Trip duration: 5 - 7 days
Trip available on: 1 March 2019 31 August 2019
February / May Southern Alps Hunt New Zealand
Whether we are guiding you around, showcasing the best of our country, or reliving your tales from earlier in the day, we guarantee you’ll feel at home when hunting with our family. Come as visitors, leave as friends. We provide a home for one of the largest privately owned trophy red deer herds in the South Pacific. Thanks to decades of carefully focused game management the quality of our Red stag is unbeatable. This is how we’ve gained considerable acclaim for producing world class trophies, with stags scoring in excess of 600SCI and 20kg of antler. A trophy this big provides our hunters with a genuine ‘larger than life’ experience – it’s an exceptional time that you’ll never forget.
Trip duration: 5 - 21 days
Trip available on: 1 February 2020 31 May 2020
Himalayan Tahr (Single Base) Argentina
The adventure unravels in a setting of hills, ravines, rocky sierras, deep valleys and crystal water creeks, 2300 ft. above sea level, in the heart of the humid Pampa region. Cerro las Tunas peculiar geography demands the use of effective ambushing techniques. The landscape offers no shelter for the game and the hunter has nowhere to hide, resulting in long silent prying as well as long distance shooting. During the rut season, in the heart of the winter, it is cold and with an average amount of snowfall. Nevertheless, the reward for enduring such harsh terrain and adverse weather conditions is majestic: Red Stags of the highest scores, exceptional Fallow and Axis deer, Blackbuck, Himalayan Thars, Wild boars, Mouflon sheep, four horned sheep, wild goats and rams. The accommodation is in single base room. Please inquire for available dates.
Trip duration: 5 - 9 days
Trip available on: 1 March 2019 31 August 2019
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