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.
Tahr Hunt 1x1 New Zealand
Wilderness drop in tent camp with helicopter drop-off at beginning and pick-up at end of the hunt. Includes all helicopter transport costs – drop off and pick up to camp / hunting area. The magnificent Bull Tahr is one of the worlds most sought after mountain game animals. Our hunting grounds are located in the heart of the world's premier tahr hunting area. The tahr range in New Zealand is limited to the mountains of the central South Island region. Our Canterbury and West Coast bases are situated close to the prime tahr hunting areas. A New Zealand mountain tahr hunt is always an adventure and guaranteed to be a hunt to remember! We also offer an East of the Alps, Luxury Cabin accommodation Tahr hunt package. This can be viewed as a separate tour on this site.
Trip duration: 5 days
Hunting season: 1 Feb 2020 20 Dec 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
Private Land Tahr 1x1 New Zealand
We specialize in alpine hunting, and feel very privileged to be able to offer what’s widely regarded as New Zealand’s best private land tahr and chamois hunting. These are truly wild and free ranging animals, and we have vast tracts of private land at our disposal. Our private land tahr hunting is accessed by 4wd and utilizes comfortable on farm accommodation. With a spot and stalk style of hunting we will look over numerous bulls, before selecting a truly mature trophy bull. To access our private land chamois hunting, we take a short scenic helicopter flight, landing at our comfortable alpine cabin accommodation. This is a truly chamois rich environment and in a true alpine setting. Years of experience delivering these style of hunts has given us the knowledge to be able to cater to almost any level of fitness. But make no mistake, a good base level of fitness will make this hunt a lot more enjoyable. Our focus is on delivering a true mountain hunting experience and harvesting only truly mature trophy animals. Please note we also offer exceptional red stag and fallow hunting opportunities for both free range and estate, these can be added on to any hunting package as per our current pricing.
Trip duration: 3 days
Hunting season: 2 Mar 2020 31 Jul 2020
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