Like all capra, during the winter months chamois will come down from the rocky peaks preferring lower lying and sheltered rocky woodland. A hunt for chamois at any time of year is a challenge and a high level of fitness is required, he has not made Real Big 5 Capra because he is pretty!
France is host to Europe’s two most significant Mountain chains, the Alps to her east and the Pyrenees to her South. The Continent’s highest peak Mont Blanc, can also be found here. Apart from Wild Boar, France’s most significant game species is the Chamois. Like neighbouring Germany and Austria the country is embedded with a deep history of pursuing these fine and sporting beasts.
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.
One of the rarest of the Chamois, his range is restricted to a mixed conifer and deciduous forest at the western edge of the French Alps. He is considered as a link between the Northern Chamois and the Southern Chamois. His coat is the darkest of the chamois, sometimes reaching black. His horns generally have more girth and there tends to be a flattening on them as they curl backwards. With a habitat of only 6000ha, his numbers in 1985 were as low as 157 individuals. Due to the work of hunter conservationists, protection for the Chartreuse Chamois was introduced in, with hunting opening up again in 1990, with 2% cull plan. Once again hunting for conservation has proved successful and Chartreuse Chamois numbers were estimated to be at a healthy 2000 individuals. We can obtain, the very hard to come by, permits to hunt Chartreuse Chamois.