Chautreuse Chamois

One of the rarest of all the Chamois, only a handful of licenses are issued annually, we are normally always able to get one.

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Chautreuse Chamois Hunting, France

Hunting Season: October 1st – February 28th

Although a small animal, the chamois is one of the most important beasts to chase in Europe. His agility and natural intelligence combined with the high and difficult mountains in  which he lives renders him one of the finest quarries of the true hunter. Originally thought to be a forest dweller he has since moved to Alpine environments, generally being spotted in amongst the most in accessable rocks. They can be found of the high ranges of Central and Southern Europe, their range extending 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.
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.
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