Chamois hunting

Do you know of the long day’s patience,belly down on frozen drift,while the head of heads is feeding out of range.

Rudyard Kipling

This guy puts an end to my Cham rut for 2017.  The whole of May and half way into June are most definitely the best times to hunt this specie.  They are far more subtle in their reproductive cycle than deer and as a result leave next to no physical sign of their activities but careful observation in known habitat will reveal their presence and with it their over preoccupation with their seasonal needs.

enticed from 330 to 281 meters and closing

The Cham rut is a fine time of year. This buck was enticed from 700 meters and finally dispatched at 300 after he smelt a rat and was on his way to pastures new- not nearly soon enough though.

9 1/4″ buck taken at a range of 300 meters.

A long tricky stalk culminated in Warren taking his first Chammy buck at a range of 200 yds.  He was more than happy with the result, even though this is the time of the roar he achieved what he really wanted but didn’t expect to get.

Warren with his trophy 9″ Cham buck taken with 7m/08 at 200 meters

Jan with Chamois retrieved from well over in the next watershed.  He insisted the whole animal be brought back to camp so that he could have a full mount done. Emile his partner is a quality Taxidermist so the work between the two did not end here and was eventually taken back to the U.S.  Jan was using a 7mm Rem. Mag.

The animal is back in camp

The animal is back in camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dean Lindon with Cham. Doe on phase 1 of our ten day trip.  Rifle was a Sako and cal. was 7m/08.  Range was a tad over 100 meters.  Dean had to put up with atrocious weather in Phase 2 but was irrepressible and with that attitude managed to take a trophy Chammy buck and a stag as well.

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Chamois Buck shot at 232 meters by Gerard Denaja.  Animal taken with a custom Sako Forester in .308 cal.

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This Chamois was photographed the next day of the Tim Wildman hunt at a range of just under 200 meters.

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Tim wildman with nice doe shot with a Tikka .243 at 220 meters.  It was Tim’s first Chamois and his aim was steady and the one shot was all it took.  The animal was in fine condition and rolling with fat.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGot onto this Doe whilst she was waiting for the sun to warm her on a cold frosty morning as told in “news” One toe back in the water

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Young buck early in the rut season and alone but he knows I am there.  I missed him on two occasions this was the first encounter

Chamois on ridge - well aware of Steve

This 9.25″ buck was shot on the 31st. March 2014 and as you can see he is well on the way into his winter coat although too scruffy to take yet.  He is absolutely rolling fat and his back steaks are the best I have eaten so far.  The bullet of choice for me now for all things is the 165grn. Nosler Accubond

377 meters

377 meters

They move pretty fast.

A full winter chamois skin is a beauty to behold and this one I did justice to. I am allowing it to cool before stuffing into my Markhor day pack.

 

The successful hunt

Chamois in classic pose

Another A1  skin during winter

Decent size Doe taken along with the Buck during the rut in the winter of 07

Howa Ranchlander package in .308 cal.

Scruffy animal taken in October in order to test drive the above rifle. Using lack lustre factory ammo and had me searching for a good half hour before I  found him.

Damaged horn after a long fall

This animal went over a huge drop and it took some seconds before I registered his landing with my ears. I couldn’t bring myself to edge over and look down into the fearful chasm. Mangy looking skin

This boy only had one eye

It was around nine o’clock and heavy snow lay all around when I spied this loner crossing the flats ahead of me. I had spent a night under a bush myself and was on the last leg of my journey to the hut. On my last legs too !!!  Good winter skin

It took two days to catch up with this buck-missed him in an ambush on the first day

I’d missed him before after an ambush had gone wrong and I had shot under his belly from too far away. Two days later was a different story and the stalk was perfect…although he almost beat me again.

Chamois buck has got me covered the range is 485 meters

This was taken five minutes before a nosey chopper came over, the wiley buck just melted into the shadows until the machine disappeared.

Good length and thickness shame about the hooks /overall 9″

This animal was shot at 307 meters, when unable to stalk closer.

The better part of a three hour stalk- “very satisfiying”

After a long and arduous stalk the buck was finally taken at a range of 100yds.

she slid down the slope and came to rest at my feet

One taken out of seven Does and a few kids for its skin

Unsure of what to do next I was able to advance with the sun in their eyes

When there is so much snow about chammy just love the steepest places so they can access the feed when the snow inevitably falls off

Chamois down on the top of the finger of scrub the rest looking for an “out”

Blood trail tells the story. The lead Doe taking the herd to the nearest exit

Chamois buck shot at 376meters

The shot was a long one for the rifle concerned. A good summer head-skin was the result

Same chamois after being mounted by Richard Lee

working up a lather in the pursuit of a Chamois Buck

working up a lather in the pursuit of a Chamois Buck

Paul and Sam working hard on the hill

 

Chamois buck came to investigate me from well over 600 meters. I took his head-skin and this is what he looks like after Richard Lee got to work on him

Richard Lee Taxidermist

A buck and five chamois does hanging out in a good feed area

One helluva fall and then a slide of well over a 1000ft

This animal was onto me and the action was fast and I fired thinking it was a buck. It toppled off a very high place onto her head smashing one of her hooks and damaging the other…just as well it wasn’t a good buck!! The skin seemed ok though

We sat watching each other for well over two hours- quite pleasant too when the sun came up and warmed us up a bit

where he finally came to rest

While coming back from a fly camp I spied this buck high up in the bluffs.  One shot from 250 meters resulted in him coming to rest here.

 

Another winter head-skin

You gotta love the chamois rut.  This guy came from around 400 meters away to investigate me-     Looks as though I am saying a prayer for his departed soul

This one shot at 262 meters 168 grn. Amax

Took this buck out of a mob, there was also a would-be suitor in the vicinity but left him alone.  I reckon he had better hooks than this guy and should be the governor.  First class winter skin nevertheless.

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