Tahr Chamois Hunting New Zealand on large private stations (over 50,000 acres) in the Southern Alps on the South Island of New Zealand. This is the only place in the world where Himalayan Tahr and European Chamois can be hunted together!
New Zealand Tahr Hunting:
Originally from the Himalayan Mountains of Asia, Tahr were released in New Zealand’s Southern Alps in 1904. Although both the bulls and nannies have horns, those of the bulls are much longer and heavier. However it is not just the horns that make a fine trophy – the lion-like mane on the bull tahr is every bit as important as good horn length.
New Zealand Chamois Hunting:
Native to central and southern Europe, the chamois is one of the most graceful game animals found in New Zealand. Introduced in 1907, chamois are now found throughout the mountain ranges of the South Island. As a member of the antelope family, the Chamois has exceptional eyesight and the ability to run effortlessly in the roughest terrain.
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. 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. Nowhere else in the world can Himalayan Tahr and European Chamois be hunted together!
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 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.
Accommodation is in comfortable cabins with hot shower or by arrangement in a luxury lodge.
Hunters will fly from LA across the Pacific, a 12 hour direct flight to Auckland or from Australia a 3 hour flight across the Tasman. Hunters bringing their own rifles will proceed to the Police booth where they will obtain a one year tourist firearms licence (have $NZ 25 currency for this). Then transfer by domestic air to Palmerston North regional airport – one hour flight. Hunters will be met by guides with 4WD vehicles and drive 2 hours to the coastal “station” (ranch) for hunting.
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