New Zealand hunting on the Southern Alps
New Zealand Hunting Season
Tahr and Chamois can be hunted in New Zealand all year, but their skins are at their prime in the winter months, April through August. For both Tahr and Chamois the rut is from mid April through May.
Tahr have heavy, relatively short horns, but it’s not just the horns that make the trophy – the lion-like mane on the bull tahr is every bit as important as good horn length.
The chamois was introduced to New Zealand in 1907, and they are now found in good numbers throughout the mountain ranges of the South Island.
Hunters will see an abundance of these beautiful alpine animals in their mountainous habitat and have the opportunity to take world class trophies on a traditional spot and stalk, free range foot hunt. Contour varies from river flats to steep hills, snow and ice covered mountains up to 12,000 feet. Vegetation is grassland, tussock and pockets of native bush.
Lots of time will be spent glassing during tahr hunting and chamois hunting so good optics are essential. The Southern Alps are physically challenging to hunt, but the stations are well tracked and you can often climb to hunting level effortlessly on ATV’s.
Accommodation on this New Zealand hunting trip is in comfortable cabins that have hot showers. If you wish, a luxury lodge is also available for an extra fee, and must be arranged in advance.