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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.

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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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New Zealand is by far the most popular destination for Tahr hunters these days, featuring both high densities of the species and affordable rates. But there are more than one reason to come and hunt in this wonderful country. Learn more about New Zealand and its advantages as a hunting destination.

August 23, 2016 3 reasons to hunt in New Zealand

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

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

$12,500 for 1 hunter
Big 3 - Red Stag, Tahr, Chamois

Big 3 - Red Stag, Tahr, Chamois 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. Helicopter access can be arranged to the tahr and chamois hunting areas at an additional $1500-2500 USD p/hour.

Trip duration: 7 days

Trip available on: 1 March 2019 31 August 2019

$19,000 for 1 hunter
Tahr Package (best available)

Tahr Package (best available) New Zealand

Southern Alps and includes New Zealand’s best and most exclusive hunting grounds for Himalayan tahr (also called thar) and alpine chamois. Our hunting methods match the level of fitness of individual hunters. We can take a helicopter daily from comfortable lodgings, or do wilderness spike camps. We also utilize private land concessions where access is by 4WD and accommodation is in alpine cabins - some complete with hot showers. Himalayan tahr were transplanted to New Zealand in 1904 and they have thrived in a habitat that is very similar to their native home in the Himalayan mountains. 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. 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. Hunting tahr is the highlight of many hunters’ visits to New Zealand. Additional management hunt on species of choice for no additional cost. The package offer includes 5 days/4 nights and 1x Tahr trophy for 1 hunter. Helicopter access can be arranged to the tahr and chamois hunting areas at an additional $1500-2500 USD p/hour.

Trip duration: 5 days

Trip available on: 1 March 2019 30 September 2019

$6,500 for 1 hunter
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