Where to hunt Tahr
Tahr is a relatively small, but unusual looking mountain ungulate, distantly related to North American Mountain Goat. In its native range in the Himalayas it is endangered, and opportunities to hunt are strictly limited. However, it is possible to hunt introduced populations of Tahr that exist in other countries. Those include Macedonia and Argentina, but, of course, the go-to destination for a Tahr hunting is New Zealand, what with an abundance of Tahr and other game animals, breathtaking views, opportunities for other outdoor pursuit, and affordable prices.
New Zealand offers the most affordable Tahr hunting trips, that start at about $5,000 or so for a basic hunt in areas readily accessible by transport. A longer hunt with helicopter transfer to spike camp will be in the $7,000-$10,000 range. Hunting Tahr in Nepal is most expensive and will set you back $25,000 or more. Hunts in Argentina and Macedonia are somewhere in between.
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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.23 Aug 2016 3 reasons to hunt in New Zealand
When to hunt Tahr?
Typically for the ungulates, the rut is the best time to hunt Tahr. In New Zealand it usually occurs from late May to early July. Tahr hunting season in New Zealand is open year round; however, aereal access to some areas could be closed in certain periods. In Nepal Tahr hunting season is open in October-November and March-April.
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Tahr hunting is as challenging and exciting as any other mountain hunt. Tahr are typically found on higher elevations than most other mountain game. It’s common for them to migrate daily, descending to the alpine meadows to feed, and ascending to the mountain tops to rest and chew cud. Old males often “stand guard” above family groups; they are extremely alert and difficult to approach. Interestingly, in some areas of New Zealand, where Tahr are routinely culled from helicopters, they changed their behavior to seek refuge below, rather than above, the alpine meadow line, making them more difficult to spot. Spot and stalk is the go-to method for Tahr hunting.
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Whether it is the Himalayas or the mountains of New Zealand that offer the most striking landscapes in the world is debatable. What is undeniable is that both ranges belong to the must-visit places. And the little, vary Tahr is a worthy quarry for any mountain hunter. Tahr hunting in the Himalayas, where due to human encroachment and habitat loss Tahr was once heavily endangered, income from trophy hunting plays an important role in conservation programs. By contrast, in New Zealand, where Tahr were released and, without predators but with appropriate natural conditions, multiplied to astounding numbers, the population must now be seriously controlled to protect the indigenous fauna. Thus, in any country across its range, Tahr hunting has a strong conservation subtext.
Himalayan Tahr Hunt, Private land 1x1 New Zealand
We specialize in Tahr hunting and our guides will look over multiple bulls to find a mature age class bull. A bull grows in body size, horns and cape quality until they reach full maturity around 7-8 years. During the rut Tahr will be in larger group sizes of 15-50 animals, outside of the rut bulls will be alone or in smaller bachelor groups. Our private land hunts are based from cabins with power and running water and we have 4x4 access over the property making this a more comfortable hunt.All of our hunts are on foot and being in good physical shape will greatly increase your enjoyment and success during the hunt.This area has very good trophy potential and we take bulls in the 13"+ class every year with some bulls reaching the magic 14". The Tahr rut is May-June and this is the best time to hunt them, with beautiful skins being from mid-April through August. ALL our hunts are for free range WILD animals and we use helicopters for access ONLY. We run 100% success normally and our average bull from 2016 was 8 1/2 years old, 12.5 inches. Tahr hunts can be combined with Red Stag, Fallow and wild pigs/boar. Add on Pricing for Private land hunts: Bull Tahr: $4000 USD Chamois: $4000 USD Management Stag: $1500 USD Trophy Red Stag: $4000 USD Trophy Fallow Buck: $3000 USD Management Fallow Buck: $1500 USD Wild Ram: $1000 USD
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 2 Mar 2020 31 Jul 2020
Free range Tahr hunting Private land New Zealand
We have earnt the reputation as the leading free range foot hunting outfitting company for hunting Tahr on private Wilderness land. With 4 private properties ranging from 16,000- 47,000 acres gives us the ability to hunt areas according to weather patterns and hunters ability. As all our properties are within 35 mins of our own All Seasons lodge we can hunt each day from here, or if you would prefer stay in one of the private cabins right on the property. This all cuts down on valuable time which is not spent travelling. 1 hunter and non hunter is included with the option to add additional trophy Bulls, game, days and hunters or non hunters. This a spot and stalk hunt where we can glass Bull Tahr from the truck to asses trophy quality, or for those die hard mountain hunters we can climb into the glaciers with crampons and ice axe to go after those soletary old Bull Tahr.
Trip duration: 4 days
Hunting season: 1 Mar 2020 31 Aug 2020
2 Hunter 2 Bull Tahr Package 2020 New Zealand
Winter Bull Tahr hunt for 2 hunters. Tahr are New Zealand’s alpine residents and masters of the high country. In addition to our world class red stag hunting we offer exceptional foot hunts for Bull Tahr. Package includes: - X2 Hunters - X2 Bull Tahr. Additional $2000 for Bull Tahr 14'' and over. - 4 days 3 night’s accommodation. - Guiding 2x1 - Transfers to and from Christchurch - Field Preparation of trophy - Meals and beverages (beer and wine included) - Firearm use and ammunition Non-hunting companions are welcome at $250 per day. Experience New Zealand’s stunning alpine environment whilst pursuing the agile Tahr. A decent level of fitness will ensure a more enjoyable hunting experience.
Trip duration: 4 days
Hunting season: 4 May 2020 31 Jul 2020
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