The Chamois holds his head erect as he effortlessly bounds down step and rugged alpine terrain with the grace of a ballet dancer, his sharp senses pinpointing the exact location of the hunter who is struggling to holds the chamois in his sights. He is a fascinating animal to hunt, this agile species.
Chamois were introduced in 1907 and are now found throughout the South Island’s mountain ranges. The Chamois is the most graceful game animal in New Zealand. Native to central and southern Europe. Chamois were introduced in 1907 and are now found throughout the South Island’s mountain ranges.
Hunting Chamois in the alpine ranges of New Zealand is a remarkable experience, the Chamois is supremely adapted to the mountainous environment and is just as fascinating to simply observe as it is to hunt.
Bucks are usually solitary animals that are sometimes found in small bachelor groups outside of the rut in late April when they will join female groups – a good trophy will have horns of around 10 inches.
Most hunters combine a Chamois hunt with Tahr hunting. Both these species can be hunted on foot from spike camps, or as a helicopter accessed hunt to reach the more remote alpine hunting areas.