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Chamois

Chamois

Chamois were introduced in 1907 and like the Tahr were released in the vicinity of Mount Cook. With their new found home very similar to the Swiss Alps from which they came and with the lack of predators they quickly adapted and increased in numbers. Both bucks and nannies have horns and both make excellent trophies. The New Zealand record for Chamois was held by a nanny for many years. They are from the antelope family and have very sharp eye sight which makes them a challenging but very achievable hunt. Their colour changes from a light brown during the warmer months to a dark almost black coat during the rut and winter months. The rut is mid May and can extend through into June. During the rut the bucks are very vulnerable to hunt and like all males they have one thing on their mind and we are not talking about wine and roses. A trophy Chamois is eight inches long or better and like Tahr can be hunted all year round. They tend to live at high altitude in small family groups. With their beautifully curved horns and their distinctive facial markings they make an excellent trophy.