Chamois

Spain

In the north of Spain you can hunt for two coveted subspecies of the Gams, the Cantabrian chamois and the Pyrenees chamois. There are few licenses every year and there is a huge demand, because nowhere else you can find these subspecies.

The mountains in Spain are also well accessible and not as steep as for instance the Alps, therefore, this hunt is associated with less effort. However, it is still a mountain hunt and you should prepare for it.

 

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Informations about chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra)

The chamois is a species of goats native to Europe and Asia Minor. Weights up to 40 kg and shoulder heights of up to 85 cm can be reached. Characteristic of both sexes are the horns and the pale yellow to yellow-gray skin with black dorsal stripe in summer, and the dark gray to black skin in winter. In the winter the bucks form up to 25 cm long back hairs with a bright tip, that is the so-called "Gamsbart".

The main ranges are in the Alps, but also other European mountain ranges from Spain to Bulgaria. Also New Zealand has good populations. The chamois lives depending on subspecies and region in altitudes from 700 m to over 3,000 m.

The does live with the fawns in small herds of about 15 to 30 pieces. In case of danger they give a whistling warning sound. Bucks are rather solitary most of the time. During the rut (mid-November to mid-December), they move to the does.

Chamois are excellent climbers and have outstanding abilities to see, hear and smell.

In Spain we hunt the Cantabrian chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra parva) and the Pyrenees chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra pyrenaica)

Hunting season/hunting method

The Cantabrian chamois may be hunted from the 15th of April to the 15th of June and later in the year from the 1st of September to the 10th of December. From 20th of April to 15th of June and from 1st of September to 15th of December you can hunt the Pyrenees chamois. The rutting falls in the months of November and December, but is not crucial for the success of the hunt.

Hunting is primarily on the stalk. During the day, the promising slopes will be observed. When the chamois appear the harder part begins. Now it is necessary to make the ascent carefully to surpass the height of the chamois or at least reach the same height. If then tehere is a suitable chamois, it is important to get a good shot. As with all mountain hunts, the shooting distances are slightly higher than usual.

Equipment

The appropriate clothing depends on the season in which you want to hunt. Windproof and breathable clothing and well-worn, the ankle-stabilizing footwear are generally recommended in mountain hunts.

When hunting in the mountains you shoot more often at long distances than usual and therefore you should definitely have a variable target optics with appropriate magnification. Likewise,  a powerful pair of binoculars (at least 10x magnification), a spotting scope and a rangefinder are very helpful.

For the chamois hunting you can use all common calibers from 6.5 mm.

Accomodation

During your stay you live in hotels near the hunting area, so you have short driving distances. The hotels are neat and clean and correspond approximately to a middle-class country hotel. Food and hospitality of the Spaniards are known well beyond the borders.

Prices and fees

Offer chamois hunt          

1.495,- €

 

• 3 to 4 days travelling days

• 2 nights with full board (without drinks)

• 2 hunting days

• All rides in the hunting area

• Pick up at airport

• English speaking guide

• Veterinary papers

• Weapon import permit

• Off-road vehicles

 

Not included:

• Trophy fees (see brochure)

• Own arrival and departure

• Spanish hunting license 150, -

• Spanish Insurance 90.- €

• Processing Fee 195.- €

• Tips and personal expenses

• Trophy transport

• Trophy pre-paration 160,- € (per trophy)

 

We recommend purchasing travel insurance (not included in the hunting costs).
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