The nimble-footed Chamois

The nimble-footed Chamois is right at home in the steep mountain slopes of Glazebrook Station in the South Island. Chamois just love the mix of rock, scrub and alpine grasses found through the higher altitudes here and groups exist in several catchments, providing superb hunting opportunities.

Unlike the Tahr which are happy to exist in large mobs, chamois tend to live in much smaller family groups made up of a handful of individuals. As a result hunters need to be prepared to cover large areas of ground to view numbers of animals. Chamois are challenging to hunt for good reason!

Chamois were introduced to New Zealand in 1907, a gift from Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria. The hook-like horns are a distinctive feature carried by both sexes. Horns over 8.5 inches are considered trophy quality. The colour of the coat varies from a brownish fawn in summer to almost black in winter. The thick black winter coat makes a magnificent trophy when mounted life-sized.

Seasonal Availability

While able to be hunted at any time of the year, hunting Chamois during the colder weather from April to September will ensure they have their thick dark winter coat. Chamois rut in late May and June. Bucks will roam at this time looking for nannies often turning up in the most unusual places and become more vulnerable to hunters as a consequence.

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