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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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 (Single Base) '2020 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
Hunting season: 1 March 2020 31 August 2020
Wilderness Tahr Hunt 1x1 New Zealand
Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus) 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 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. Tahr rut is May-June We hunt Tahr on both the East and West coast of the Southern Alps. Our wilderness hunts will either use a 4x4 or helicopter to access the hunt area where will set up a tent base camp. Our wilderness hunts are physically demanding and are best suited to hunters with good mountain (sheep and goat) hunting experience. Our hunts are on foot and being in good physical shape will greatly increase your enjoyment and success during the hunt. ALL our hunts are for free range WILD animals and we use helicopters for access ONLY. We run 100% success and our average bull from 2016 was 8 1/2 years old, 12.5 inches. Tahr hunts can be combined with Chamois in our wilderness areas.
Trip duration: 7 days
Hunting season: 1 March 2020 20 July 2020
New Zealand Trophy Hunt 2x1 '19 New Zealand
With each hunt we aim to cater to the physical capabilities of our hunters. Our goal is to make each hunt a challenge to the hunter and of suitable difficulty for each hunter so that they will feel the reward of working for their trophies. We can achieve this by having different hunting areas of varying difficulty and also by how we conduct the hunt. There are hunting options per all year round, though please consider the best hunting season per each animal when booking. For Thar and Chamois hutns helicopter costs are included.
Trip duration: 3 - 8 days
Hunting season: 5 March 2019 28 July 2019
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