The New Zealand Chamois
was a present from the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph in 1907 and from 2 pairs released on Mount Cook, they have spread to much of South Island. The New Zealand Chamois is 20% smaller than its European cousin presumably due to a poorer food supply and harsher climate. They can be difficult to Hunt, however when approached from above, especially in the early morning or evening, they can be taken unaware. Do not be fooled however, these animals have incredible eyesight and a high level of intelligence and are often harder to approach than Tahr. One of the benefits of shooting in New Zealand is that there is no close season. However the Winter months of May until September will see these lovely little Goats in their full glory, the best of time of hunting being the rut which happens throughout June.Despite GSCO classifieng New Zealand chamois as seperate subsoppecies, being a present from Aurstria, they are of course in fact, a direct descendent of the Alpine Chamois.
The best method of hunting both Tahr and Chamois is to get above them. The hunt is conducted on foot using a method of spot and stalk. Due to the country that these goats reside, a good level of fitness is required for this hunt.