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CHAMOIS

Hunting, shooting for Chamois

Stalking, Bowhunting


Chamois are the mountain goat to stalk for. With bow or rifle they are an excellent game to go out for.

Good glassing is the golden ticket to this species. Hunters need to differentiate a pile of crumbling rocks to a moving, brown-colored chamois over 1000 meters away.

Found throughout mountainous regions of Europe and the South Island of New Zealand (since the early 20th century), chamois hug ridgelines as they graze on forages, using the difficult terrain in their defense.

Climb above the bush line for better views early in the morning. Chamois frequently forget to look above them for predators, so a good, stealthy approach is best from above potential grazing areas.

Like all mountainous hunts, stalking and glassing may be the most important tactics to use but they are nothing if you shoot too quickly and bring down a chamois in an impossibly unreachable spot. Take your time, enjoy the alpine altitudes on this enjoyable hunt.

Basic Info


Varieties: rupicapra chamois, cantabrian chamois

Scientific name: Rupicapra rupicapra

Size: height: 70 – 80 cm

Weight: male 30 – 60 kg, female 25 – 45 kg

Lifespan: 22 years

Methods: Bow hunting, Hunting from a blind, Highseat, Stalking, Walked Up

Continent(s): Europe