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Hunting, shooting for Ibex

Stalking, Bowhunting

It's really difficult to wrap your head around the idea that the great, big alpine ibex is a family member to the wild goat.

It is however very easy to forget when you spot across a ridge a small band of Ibex, already large in size though many meters away.

Ibex can reach up to 117 kilograms and have a horn length reaching 1 meter long. Because Ibex are suited for all types of terrain, completely competent and qualified to run around jagged, rough, decrepit mountainsides, in high elevations, the hunter needs to be a precision machine, shooting with intelligence to drop such a large species.

What may look like a manageable tip-toe on the opposing cliffside, bearing a few nice billies, could be a hunter's nightmare, ledges and deplorable old rocks ready to slide. Ibex territory makes you think a bit about the big picture, the entire billiard table, before calling your shot and picking your pocket.

Be sure you know your rifle, and your scope even better before your hunt. A one-time shot is vital to this invigorating hunt.

Basic Info

Varieties: Beceite Spanish Ibex, Alpine Ibex, Bezoar Ibex, Gredos Ibex, Nubian Ibex

Scientific name: Capra

Size: height: 30 – 170 cm

Weight: 70 kg

Lifespan: Up to 18 years

Methods: Bow hunting, Stalking

Continent(s):  Europe, North Africa, Middle-East