Balkan Chamois

The Second largest Chamois can be pursued in the beautiful Balkans of Croatia

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Balkan Chamois Hunting, Croatia


Hunting Season: October 1st – January 31st


Although a small animal, the chamois is one of the most important beasts to chase in Europe. Its agility and natural intelligence, and the high and difficult mountains in which it lives render it one of the finest quarries of the true hunter. Chamois can be found in most of the high ranges in Central and Southern Europe, their range extending from the Pyrenees to the Caucasus and from the Southern Carpathians to Albania.

The colour of the Chamois in summer is a greyish dun, with black markings on their face, but in winter their hair grows long and becomes almost black. However many varieties occur, including Albino and Menalistic however these are now rare. Chamois are gregarious and found in small herds.
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They are very watchful for their safety and normally post a sentinel to guard against surprise. As a rule old Males prefer a solitary existence for much of the year, joining the females during the rut. The gestation period for Chamois is twenty weeks and the female normally produces one, rarely two kids.
The Balkan Chamois is a worthy adversary and requirement for any serious Capra shots wall. Lager than the Alpine in both body and horns, he is smaller than the Carpathian. The agility and sureness of foot of the Chamois are proverbial, and it is one the most remarkable sights in nature to see these animals ascending a steep rock face or descending frozen ice covered in snow. The hind legs of the Chamois are much longer than the forelegs and are built on powerful springs so that they can ascend precipitous faces more easily than they can descend them. Chamois can pass up cliffs that look quite inaccessible, springing from ledge to ledge and balancing on the tiniest projection. They are said to be able to slide down a snow slope with all four legs held well forward to grip the snow, and the false hoofs which are strongly developed, act as a brake.
The best method of hunting Chamois anywhere in the world is to get above them. The hunt is conducted on foot using a method of spot and stalk. Despite the country that these goats reside, a high level of fitness is not required for this hunt. There is a passable road reaching the highest point in the mountain, allowing us to gain easy altitude at the beginning of the day.
A hunt in Croatia is comfortable and civilized with lodging in small hotels in Makarska, a touristic village on the Adriatic Sea.
We have researched Eastern Europe for the best Chamois grounds and have located Biokovo in Croatia as a unique opportunity. The Mountain of Biokovo reaches 1700m above sea level and is known for its high densities of Balkan Chamois. For the last decade the reserve had been closed to foreign hunters, but we have the contacts to gain permission to chase this supreme Capra in this beautiful location. Providing great Sport and stunning scenery Croatia is a wonderful location to secure this very important member of the Real Big 5 Goats.

There is also an option to harvest Wild Boar & Mouflon on this hunt.


To hunt Balkan Chamois, contact Real Big 5 on
+44 7977150104
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