Alpine Chamois, France

The Most Commonly pursued Chamois in Europe is the Alpine, a medium sized subspecies and a great quarry to hunt.

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Alpine 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.
The most common capra the World over needs little introduction. The Alpine Chamois, One of the larger of the 10 subspecies of this little goat in fact records the longest horns. His coat is generally darker, although colour variations can occur in each subspecies. Although Austria is the heart of Alpine Chamois with an estimated 130,000 animals, France comes in a close second with roughly 100,000 individuals. As France is also home to another 2 classified and arguably one more subspecies, and home to a minimum of 150,000 chamois; we feel that France is the home of the Chamois hunter in Western Europe
To hunt Alpine Chamois,
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